I’m A Mess!

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a number of brilliant leaders start our meetings by saying some version of “I’m a mess!” They then go on to describe a range of experiences—both professional and personal—that they can’t resolve easily. They recount a range of pain points from long-held challenges in a family business, to a change in direction from the Board of Directors, to a shift in the market, to a diagnosis of a frightening illness, to the…

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The Voyage Back… to You

If it’s true that life is a journey, then the most important voyage we know of is the one that takes you back to you. This holiday season, we want to encourage you to take time for yourself. Yes, there is a lot of pressure to spend time with family and with friends, but as your coaches we strongly recommend that you plan some time for yourself that is unencumbered by the demands of life. Time to relax, reflect, work…

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Nourishing Your Spirit is Important to Your Leadership

There are a lot of reasons why it’s important to nourish your spirit, but the most important reason is so you will have more of yourself as you navigate the opportunities and challenges in your life. In our leadership model, The Leader in You: Three Steps to Claiming Your Power, Influence, and Impact, the second step focuses on knowing yourself. This includes: Knowing the kinds of things you fear and how you show up when you are at your best…

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Nourishing Your Spirit

The past couple of weeks, we have been talking about articulating your passion and identifying the things that get you up in the morning. In response to those posts, we have heard from a number of you that it was difficult to consider what gets you up in the morning because you are barely able to get out of bed! Many of you said that you are finding yourself deflated and worn. So today, we thought we would talk about…

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Your Most Valuable Currency

Last week, we described Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at the Maharishi University. In that post, we described Mr. Carrey’s wise words for the Class of 2014, “Remember, you can fail at what you don’t want to do, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”   In that same speech, Mr. Carrey described the importance of being aware of how you show up in the world, saying:   The effect you have on others is…

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You Might As Well Do What You Love

During this season of graduations, we were recently encouraged to watch a commencement speech by Jim Carrey. He was speaking at Maharishi University of Management and the audience of young people seemed absolutely thrilled to have him there. We watched the video expecting the typical Jim Carrey humor and little depth. Much to our surprise, we walked away with two thought-provoking nuggets that we will be speaking about this week and next week. Go Jim Carrey! In talking about his…

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Dealing with Bad News

There comes a time in each of our lives when we are the recipient of “bad news.” You know, the news that kicks you in the gut and for that moment, the world stands still. A few of the “bad news” topics that we have supported our clients through include: the loss of a valued employee, important client, respected boss, desired promotion and promising job; the loss of a marriage, the failure of a business, the death of a parent;…

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Letting People Know They Matter

We were recently reading our local paper and came across an article about a small group of women who have established an after-school homework club—First Door*—to serve lower income kids in third through sixth grade. First Door provides a place for these kids, who often go home to an empty house with no support for homework and school success, to have a place to go for those transitional hours before a parent gets home and have support in this critical…

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is NOT a Luxury

Last week we talked about the power of distractions to derail you as you try to move forward in your day and your life.  One of the things we mentioned as important in combatting the impact of distractions was sleep.  We know we bug you about this stuff with some regularity and we don’t want to be a broken record but there is some new data on the importance of sleep that is critical to understand if you are committed…

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Taking Care of Your Psyche During Challenging Times

In our work as executive coaches we see that anxiety, stress and depression are common struggles that people experience as they build their businesses, step into their power, and move into creating success.  We have also seen that taking care of your psyche as you move forward is critically important to having the kind of impact you want in life. There are five key strategies to support your mental health: 1.  Redefine failure There will be failure and if you…

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