Tag: professionalism

  • How Your Big Goal May Be Holding You Back

    Yesterday found me at a beloved spot in good old Southern California: the beach. Ah yes, the beach. Whether on a lake, the banks of the river or the Pacific Ocean…most of us have experienced that magical strip of sand that meets some body of water and extricates a bit of joy from deep down.…

  • Lessons Learned from Living with 40 People for 14 Days

    Lessons Learned from Living with 40 People for 14 Days

    The last few weeks found me roaming around China. I’d like to say I did it with a sturdy map and an ever sturdier pair of exploring legs, but that would be a big, fat lie. Instead, hubby and I signed up for a tour…one that found us on a bus, at meals and in hotels with 40…

  • The Real Reason You Don’t Get Work Done

    A few weeks ago I borrowed the office of a friend, who let me use for an hour while I was in-between meetings. Soon I overheard some chatter next door. It went something like this: “…so then I arrived for the procedure and the doctors weren’t ready for me…and then they didn’t even apologize. And…

  • How We Mess with Our Success…Daily

    How We Mess with Our Success…Daily

    I messed up the other day. Big time. Actually, my buddy Jim and I both messed up. We’re treadmill neighbors at our building’s fitness center, Jim and me. We greet each other at 5am each morning as we climb on to our individual machines. We consider ourselves to be quite the impressive athletes. On this particular day…

  • 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…

  • My Unfortunate, Epic, Completely Avoidable Meltdown

    Today I invite you on a journey, one that will eventually lead to one of my most dramatic confrontations in recent history. In fact, it’s been just about a year since I brought you the tale of my last such incident in my blog post lessons learned from a major meltdown Today’s has a different…

  • How to Kill a Conversation

    Conversations drive our lives. They mean everything. Yet we all face the temptation to do something every day – sometimes several times each day – to mess them up. I dare you to tell me the following hasn’t happened to you. You’re in the midst of a conversation and someone else is speaking and – BAM!…