Is sharpening enough? How do you know?

Is sharpening enough? How do you know?

Stories are such a great way of making a point. Here is an embarrassing, painful, and bloody story about myself! While this story is about my chef's knife, I intend to relate it to leadership and communication skills. Sharpening skills is a play-on-words, you'll see....

Silent Nuanced Energy Stoppers

Silent Nuanced Energy Stoppers

My engineer self is inspiring me this month! Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it only changes form.* Preparing for Lead with Power & Heart Masterclass for Executives, I review my experience with leadership blind spots that stop the energy of their team...

My mom’s secret to winning

My mom’s secret to winning

“I won Friday’s bridge game!” my mom exclaimed with competitive excitement. Then, she let me in on her secret. “I re-read my book the night before.” My mom, a bridge expert, has taught hundreds of people this complex card game. She authored a booklet several years ago...

Ahhh…Yes! When it doesn’t make sense

Ahhh…Yes! When it doesn’t make sense

If you prefer to listen click my photo or read below! I let myself get tricked – and it’s not yet Halloween!  The following Mailbox Metaphor is something that I witness happening in organizations frequently.  Different...

Ahhh Yes!  When loud creates unwanted silence

Ahhh Yes! When loud creates unwanted silence

When loud creates silence - click on red photo right below for video or read below. Recently I was having a conversation with my mom. She clearly didn't hear what I was saying, so I repeated myself but...

Blueprint for Separation

Blueprint for Separation

My inner poet was feeling a need to express...I hope you enjoy and find the message helpful! Just talk to them— I suggest. No! They will never change— Staking your claim. Separation wins. It’s easy. But is it reality, a projection, or an excuse? Impossible to know...

Ahh…Yes!  Parting Ways

Ahh…Yes! Parting Ways

I used to do whatever it took to preserve relationships. Then, when I first saw the martial art, aikido, my eyes slammed open. It hit me that ‘doing whatever it takes’ is a great disservice to myself and others.  (Aikido provides a model of conflict mastery in which...

Ahh…Yes!  Clearity for You and Your Team

Ahh…Yes! Clearity for You and Your Team

I hope this finds your new year off to a great beginning! Several years ago at the new year, as I was clearing out old files and closets, I thought of a new word: Clearity Clearity is a state of being that is clear of things that drag on you.  Think of a clean canvas,...

Honor Yourself and Others this Holiday Season

Honor Yourself and Others this Holiday Season

Blessings to you and all of those you care about this Holiday Season! I can be tricky to honor both yourself and others, if you leave yourself out that takes a toll! Holidays can set the perfect stage for destructive conflict. I offer you these tips!  Let me know how...

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