Tag: nonprofit

  • Why We All Should Stop Freaking Out

    Why We All Should Stop Freaking Out

    I freaked out the other day. In fact, I freaked out a few times…all due to a chain of events within about two hours. If you know me, you know that my freak-outs can be a bit…dramatic. It went something like this: First, I answered one last email before leaving the office and made myself…

  • The Best Ever Leadership Lesson from Traffic School

    The Best Ever Leadership Lesson from Traffic School

    I’m writing this through some bleary eyes, thanks to the fact that I was up until the wee hours of the morning finishing up traffic school. I did it on-line, in one sitting. Let’s just say I was near the deadline. Many won’t be surprised to hear this isn’t my first time at the traffic…

  • Why Things Are Never Good Enough For You

    Why Things Are Never Good Enough For You

    A few weeks ago I was on a blissful vacation…that wasn’t always so blissful. Moments of relaxation and joy were infused with other moments…of irritated glances and heavy sighs. It happened because I had to do a lot of waiting….in line at the bus station, for food at the airport. Everywhere I went it seemed things…

  • My Unexpected Lesson at 15,000 Feet

    My Unexpected Lesson at 15,000 Feet

    I begin today’s post with a brief tale…of what could’ve been a foul, horrific experience for us all. It happened early on during a flight home on Southwest. Just as we got to about 15,000 feet, a man a few rows in front of me (in Row #3 to be exact) well…let’s just say he…

  • How Your Big Goal Can Mess You Up

    How Your Big Goal Can Mess You Up

    It’s time for some tough love. I begin with my own, painful lesson. It happened during my morning run, as I was happily jogging by a favorite spot. Suddenly another runner came up behind me, passed me by and kept on going, leaving me in his wake. I felt myself tense up. My competitive spirit…

  • How to Be Awesome

    How to Be Awesome

    A few weeks ago found me lunching with a new group of women. These women were powerful. They could connect me to potential clients, potential opportunities. They were also perfectly polished. Their nails, their teeth, their hair…all perfect. They spoke in high, delightful voices. Their laughter tinkled like bells. It was like I was part…

  • How to Handle the Things that Bug You Most

    Last week found me packed and ready to begin a long-awaited trip to Panama. We’d been counting down the days for months. When the day of our departure finally arrived I woke up early, ran a few errands, arrived back home with a blustery flair…and found hubby sitting in the living room, a pale look…

  • 3 Words to Beat Your Doubting Brain

    3 Words to Beat Your Doubting Brain

    A few months ago I facilitated a multi-day planning session for a group of scientists in Michigan. I’d worked hard to get the project…and worked even harder once I’d landed it. Many hours were spent on planning with the CEO, who was waiting for me when I arrived on the big day. “Ready?” she asked, a bit…

  • How We Create Our Constant Misery

    How We Create Our Constant Misery

    I recently met a fascinating group of people…exhibiting an even more fascinating behavior. Chances are you’ve met some of them, too. They live in a city called Seattle…a place beloved by people of all ages. I’m actually writing this while flying home from “The Emerald City” (for those who were in my presentation and just joined…

  • How to Tell if You’re Kidding Yourself

    I’m writing this blog post while surrounded by people at a co-working space. The reason I chose this place is very simple. I hate being alone. Well, to clarify, I hate being alone when I’m doing work. I hate sitting in that perfect little office – the one I enthusiastically set up in my house…

  • How a Week at Sea Changed My Life on Land

    I’m writing this after a recent week spent aboard a cruise ship. For those of you who know me, this will come as no surprise. It turns out I can’t get enough of the sun deck, cheesy formal photos and a good old buffet line. I’m also happy to say that the cruising experience can…

  • The Two Words That Suck Our Power Away

    Recently I was having a bit of a…shall we say…tense moment over my finances. It was a very real, somewhat terrifying, admittedly regressive moment. You might recall I’m quite prone to this (for proof check out my post what we can all learn from my monthly freak-out). This particular tension happens every year at about this…