The Best Laid Plans…

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“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs

Happy New Year!  Ah, the first week of January.  Most offices are a buzz with tales of holiday fun and chatter about the upcoming year.  It’s no wonder.  January was named for the Roman god Janus – the god of beginnings and endings.

By next week, most of us will be fully into 2016 and last year will rapidly fade into the depths of our memories.  Yet, January is the perfect time to time to reflect on the past.  After all, the past is where we can learn from our successes and mistakes. Continue reading

New Year, New Goals

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Ah, the first week of January – the week the world returns to work.  As you settle into your office still slightly aglow from the holidays, you’ll most likely hear the question:  “What are your goals for 2014?”

If you’ve read my blog (which of course you have, right?!?), you’ll know I’m a fan of goals and planning.  However, this question during this week drives me nuts!  (Bet you weren’t expecting that!) Continue reading

The Power of Perspective

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Last week I met with a CEO, Mike, who asked for help with one of his senior managers.  The manager, Henry, was a new hire, had an impressive resume and by all accounts was performing well in his new role.  When I sat down with Mike, he complained that Henry had ‘Pollyanna Syndrome.’  Mike said, “Henry is just excited about the company and doesn’t see all the problems around here. He just doesn’t get it!”

Hmmmm….

Perspective and Experience

This conversation hit close to home for me.  As the holidays are upon us, I will admit I sometimes dread (gasp! Yes, I said it!) the hustle and bustle that accompanies the season – the overcrowded stores, the decorating, the holiday cards, the endless to-do lists, etc. Continue reading

Are You a Management Ostrich?

The Impact of Avoidance on a Company.

Denial.  And no, I’m not talking about the river in Egypt.

The word denial tends to bring to mind personal issues.  Yet, denial is alive and well in the workplace.  Chances are denial brought its good friend avoidance and they could be camping out in offices and cubicles in your company. Do you know what they cost your company? Continue reading

The Making of Leaders

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On Saturday, I had the honor of speaking at the Marin Teen Girl Conference. Presented by the Marin Women’s Commission, it’s a conference for teens designed by teens to “a safe forum for Marin’s teenage girls to explore their place in the world, gain skills to create positive relationships [and] learn confidence to make good choices…”  It was an amazing experience that I highly recommend.

Drawing on the lessons I learned from facing cancer as a teen, I spoke on how life’s obstacles can translate into leadership ability. While I went there to ‘teach’ these young ladies, I learned so much more than I taught.  As I left the conference, I thought – what really makes a leader? Continue reading