ON MY MIND: Learning to THiNK Before You Speak

ON MY MIND: Learning to THiNK Before You Speak

I’m a big believer in free speech. But, when it comes to my own freedom of expression, I’ve learned that there’s such a thing as speaking too freely – too hastily, too re-actively, too fervently — especially when I am trying to influence others. Asking myself the...
ON MY MIND: Back to Meeting Basics with OARRs

ON MY MIND: Back to Meeting Basics with OARRs

I recently walked into a client’s conference room and smiled when I saw this sign on the wall: No Objectives? No Agenda? No Ground Rules? NO MEETING! Most would read this sign and think: “Duh. I already know that.” But, knowing is different than doing. And just doing...
ON MY MIND: Six Practices for Difficult Times

ON MY MIND: Six Practices for Difficult Times

Lately I’ve had an inordinate number of clients reach out to share that they are going through difficult times — health challenges, loss of key employees and/or customers, financial struggles, organizational changes that impact their sense of job security, etc. They...
IN MY EARBUDS: HBR Women at Work

IN MY EARBUDS: HBR Women at Work

Voices in my head that are not my own: This is how I think of podcasts. These days, one of my favorite set of voices to listen to is HBR Women at Work hosted by Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo, and Nicole Torres – three Harvard Business School powerhouses who think deeply...
ON MY MIND: Focus. I Mean Real Focus.

ON MY MIND: Focus. I Mean Real Focus.

Yesterday, while soaring at 38,000 feet, I had an epiphany: I can write three blogs on a two-hour flight from Denver to Oakland with ease. But to write those same blogs seated at my desk in my office can take closer to six hours. Why? It didn’t take much analysis to...
IN MY TOOL BAG: 3+3+3 Centering Practice

IN MY TOOL BAG: 3+3+3 Centering Practice

When friends ask me, “how’s your week going?” my most common response is “intense.” It’s not that my work is any more demanding than yours. It’s that I have a tendency to be hyper-focused —tuning out even my own basic needs, like food. While this characteristic makes...