My Wish For Every Student: Part I

It is that time of year when the weather warms and those in classrooms begin longing for days of unfettered freedom.  Too often experiencing the school setting as suffocating rather than exhilarating, students, teachers and administrators alike are stuck in system that is decaying, and the only “answers” are to rearrange the content delivery instead of Continue Reading..

Why Leadership Coaching Is For Everyone

My morning started with an e-mail from a client who is a federal government analyst, upset about a missive from her training department eager to check-off their employee development box with a variety of offerings.  The catch?  Leadership development was restricted to “managers only.”  I guess it is time for the feds to understand what Continue Reading..

Chopped: A Winning Recipe for Success

I must admit that a guilty pleasure of mine is the Food Network show Chopped.  Hidden among the culinary battles for Chopped Champion are some of life’s greatest lessons on success.  I love the twisted mystery baskets of ingredients, the seemingly impossible time limits and the lofty expectations of the judges (sound like life?). But what I Continue Reading..

What’s Wrong with Being Wrong Sometimes?

Albert Einstein’s genius is so highly regarded that he remains an iconic symbol 59 years after his death and the references to intelligence at the mere mention of his name have become a part of our vernacular.  Yet, in a story by NPR Einstein’s Lost Theory Discovered . . . And Its Wrong (http://www.npr.org/2014/03/20/291408248/einsteins-lost-theory-discovered-and-its-wrong)  not Continue Reading..

Leadership Connection’s Fast Facts: Seven Stages of Team Development

            THE INDIVIDUAL:  Anchors activity in his/her leadership Owns the talents and strengths s/he brings Embraces the passion that powers his/her participation Makes the connection between his/her contribution and the mission of the team     THE TEAM: Communicates its mission and purpose to members and external audiences Examines challenges Continue Reading..

Chris Christie: Reflections of Leadership?

The firestorm over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff closing the world busiest bridge as political playback has ignited discussion over his political future. Surviving scandal has become a pastime for many in public office and until the public uses these events to begin discerning what they say about an individual’s core values, we will Continue Reading..

Seven Levels of Leadership

People often ask me if anyone can be a leader. My response is an enthusiastic, “yes!” My belief in everyone’s ability to lead stems from the core idea that leadership is the stance one takes in life, not the positions or titles one occupies. Leadership is love in action be it in the home, the Continue Reading..

Reflect and Refocus: A New Year’s Count Down

As the roar of the Holiday season quiets down, people look to the New Year as a time start fresh and to reorient habits and behaviors that may not be serving them well. What often gets lost in creating the new is the value of reflecting on the past, so that beginnings are created on Continue Reading..

A Walled-Up Congress Can’t Get it Done

A budget deal in the wings, immigration reform on the back burner and a myriad of other issues unattended is how Congress is staring down the end of 2013. While the political pontificators will talk of partisan infighting and intra-party rivalries, the real answer to what’s wrong in Washington lies in the personal leadership of Continue Reading..

How to Receive What You Want This Holiday Season

During the Holidays people are implored to focus on the joys of giving rather than receiving. While I wholeheartedly agree that giving is one of the best ways to share our gifts and experience joy, I often find with my coaching clients that one of the greatest challenges they face is in allowing what they Continue Reading..