How to Embrace the Gray Areas in Life

Do you consider yourself a black and white type person?  Do you see the world in absolutes with no gray areas?  Do you take the high road or the low road but don’t see yourself in the middle?  Do you get very uncomfortable when things are not crystal clear? It is difficult to chart a … Read more

What is Your Xanadu?

Xanadu represents a place of great beauty, luxury and contentment according to Dictionary.com.  How often do we feel that we are in our own Xanadu?  Your work space may not be luxurious but is it a place where you can work at your peak performance?  Is it designed for functionality but not personality?  Does it … Read more

The I Wonder Exercise

If money, time, and other things were not factors, what would be your greatest wish?  Would it be to go on an exotic vacation, buy a fancy car, or purchase a house?  The issue is if we feel things are out of our reach, we don’t even attempt to get them. Why is that?  Do … Read more

How Do You Validate the Work You Do?

When you were younger and did well on a test or a school project, you may have gotten a letter or numerical grade.  If it was really good, the teacher may have also written “good job”, “excellent”, or some other complimentary words. If your work was not as good as it could be or there … Read more

Why We All Need Our Own “Board of Directors”

According to Dictionary.com, unity means “the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification.”  I take that to mean that we can accomplish more as a unified group versus individuals doing our own thing. Who is your group, your tribe, your board of directors, your … Read more

Great Leaders Don’t Worry About Titles

I have many titles – President, Executive Recruiter, Certified Executive, Business & Career Coach, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Mom, Taxi Cab Driver, Cat Lover, etc.  How many titles do you have?  I think if I really listed all of mine I would fill up this entire blog. For me, it is rare that I ever … Read more

Why Storytelling is a Critical Skill in the Business World

Storytelling is a critical skill in the business world but it tends to be overlooked.  No one ever puts on a position description “Must have excellent storytelling ability”, however, if you want to capture the attention of your audience either in a meeting, presentation, or speech, you need to be able to tell a story … Read more

What’s In Your “Rolodex”

“Rolodex” may be a dated word but regardless if you use it or a contact database, it is important to use it correctly. How often do you comb through your contacts and reach out to people you haven’t spoken to in a while? Do you ever weed people out? Do you ever spend the time … Read more

The Reason For Scheduling Thinking Time

How often do you get the opportunity to be still and have quiet time? Several years ago, I was walking on the beach early in the morning in Connecticut and I met a man who told me he needed seven minutes of silence a day. I gave this some consideration as I continued my walk … Read more

Are Good Manners A Thing Of The Past?

I wrote an article a few years ago about common courtesy and it struck a chord with many people. It seems that people today do not have good manners which is a shame. A simple “please” or “thank you” can go a long way in gaining one’s attention and respect. It goes beyond that in … Read more