Life Is A Game But What Are The Rules?

January 27, 2012

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a workshop about transitioning hosted by Janet Fiorenzo.  A fabulous group of ten women of various backgrounds, ages and stages in their lives, came together to share stories of transition and what they are experiencing.  It is always amazing to me the energy that is felt when women come together for a common purpose.

Janet taught us a new tool that we can use to assist us at this time of self discovery.  Deep Listening according to Janet “is a way of listening with the intention of hearing underneath the surface or conscious level.  In practicing this type of listening, we ‘hear’ ourselves or another without the many filters that come for our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, self-talk and aspects of ego.”

It was very freeing to have someone be present with you and to truly listen to whatever you felt like sharing.  Even though most of these women were virtually strangers and their stories of transition were all different, it was comforting to know we are not alone in our journey.  After a stressful day, I walked away from the workshop feeling very calm and peaceful.

This morning, still feeling the peacefulness of the night before, I came across this wonderful video about the 10 Rules for Being Human.  The message of this video from my favorite inspirational site Simple Truths shares many of the same messages we discussed last night at the workshop.  I hope you take a few minutes to stop in your busy day and watch the video and think about these 10 rules that we somehow lose sight of as we move through our busy lives.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Top Leadership Qualities

January 25, 2012
I think it's important to note that great leaders are made, not born, so each and every one of you has the opportunity to hone your leadership skills and become the leader you want to be.  Here are some of the top qualities that great leaders possess.

Fairness - Great leaders are able to put their own feelings aside and look at what is best for their team as a whole.
Knowledge - Leaders should attempt to get as many details about a situation as possible before making their decision.
Decisive - G...
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Finally, Someone Who Loves What They Do!

January 23, 2012

It was so uplifting when I came across this article about someone who actually loves what they do.  And she's a woman in technology no less!  A rarity indeed.

In today’s economy, you don’t always hear about people that enjoy what they do.  More often than not we hear about people who are unemployed, frustrated in their current situation or struggling to getting it all done. 

That’s why I wanted to share this a...


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I Choose Me

January 22, 2012

The business world is changing.  It is no longer enough to keep your head down, do a good job and expect the rewards and recognition to come your way.

Marketing guru and author, Seth Godin, recently stated in this article from Business Insider.com,  “If you're the average person out there doing average work, there's going to be someone else out there...


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Email Introductions: Lesson 101

January 21, 2012

I am a big supporter of networking and connecting people that I believe will mutually benefit from knowing each other.  So when I ran across this blog post from Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, I just had to share these basic tips for doing introductions via email. 

I love sharing simple tips and tricks that help build relationships, improve communication skills and streamline daily activities.  This step by step outline with e...


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Be The Bridge

January 21, 2012
Managers are the key to successful organizations.  Becoming a great manager and leader is a process.  Steven Covey talks about the Whole-Person Paradigm in Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results.  He states that great leaders see people as whole--body, heart, mind and spirit--and work to unleash their full creative potential.

Employees are the most critical asset a company has.  A manager is the conduit between the individual employee, their goals and desires and the goals of th...
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3 Secrets of Impactful Leadership

January 20, 2012
As you are leading and impacting others, are you getting the results you want?  If yes, do you know what you are doing to get those results so you can keep getting them again and again?  And if no, do you know what you are doing that is disempowering others, so that you can change your approach to achieve your desired results and empower others in the process?

So, what does it take to be an impactful leader?  Being a leader is not about your title, the power of your position or how many follow...
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A Hand Forward...A Hand Back

January 18, 2012
As a leader, you will acquire a lot of knowledge and experience--even wisdom--along the way.  One of the most important parts of your job is passing it on to the next generation of leaders.  This is how you expand the capabilities of everyone else in your organization, individually and collectively.

Tim Sanders calls this being a "lovecat".  According to Sanders in his book, Love Is The Killer App, "...a lovecat gives away their intangibles to promote growth of everybody they do business with....
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Burning Out Or Getting Wise?

January 16, 2012

I recently read an article on Forbes.com entitled “Millennial Women Are Burning Out At Work By 30…And It’s Great For Business”.  The article suggested that this younger generation is getting frustrated with their corporate careers and striking out into entrepreneurship in search of independence, fulfillment and control. 

Realizing at an early stage in your career what is important to you and having the courage ...


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Leadership Lessons Are Everywhere

January 14, 2012

Being a Colorado native you naturally become a Broncos fan whether you are really into football or not.  Just living in the Mile High City you get swept up by the enthusiasm of the fans in this city.  It has been a whirlwind season and today the Broncos are facing the New England Patriots under the leadership of Tim Tebow.  Some have their doubts of how the game will turn out for the Broncos but you can't help but be impressed by the character of their leader, Tim Tebow.

As a leadership coach,...
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