Tag: stand out

  • 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 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…

  • What People Really Want From You

    Just when I thought I couldn’t learn any more humility after my recent shenanigans (see my last post for just one example), another humbling lesson came my way this week. I was asked to give a few opening keynote remarks at an evening conference. The coordinator wasn’t looking for some long, sweeping speech. Instead, a…

  • The Single Word that Saves Your Reputation

    A few weeks ago I met up with a colleague in a hotel lobby. We were attending a conference there and met to discuss a project before the day’s festivities began. Things were going fine at first…until they got heated. I’m still not quite sure what happened, but all of a sudden his voice rose…