View Post

Abundance Mindset

Growing up, what messages did you hear about money? All that glitters is not gold. Money doesn’t grow on trees. A penny saved is a penny earned. Money is the root of all evil. Don’t step over dollars to pick up dimes. He went from rags to riches. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. He who …

View Post

The Gap

The idea of “the gap” in business is not a new thing. There are at least a half a dozen books written by different authors titled, “The Leadership Gap,” which all focus on identifying and closing the gaps in our leadership style which create a negative outcome.  Plenty of consulting firms focus on helping businesses analyze the gap between their …

View Post

Matchmaking

“Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…” Those famous lyrics from the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, haunted me 10 years ago when Tom and I were looking for our wedding venue. We had four very different experiences at the places we visited, all providing more evidence to me that most of us …

View Post

Talk to the Hand!

When my boys were young, a few of the words that signaled you were “cool” were words like “rad” or “sick” or “gnarly.”  I fortunately skipped over the era of “Whazzup!?” and “Chillax!” But one phrase that seemed to find its way into the popular lexicon over the last decade was “talk to the hand” which of course meant “stop …

View Post

The Fuel of Frustration

Would it surprise you if I said that I love frustration? Oh, not for me. I hate it when I’m frustrated, yet I actually love it when a client or team member tells me they’re frustrated because frustration can be one of the single greatest motivators for action. When we feel frustrated, it means that we care strongly about something …

View Post

The BIG Difference

Someone recently asked me what was different about my current marriage and its success in relation to my previous marriage which ended in divorce. I didn’t have to think long about my answer: communication.  The difference is in the quality of it, the timing of it, and the intention and discipline of it. And it’s not that different when I …

View Post

Every Table is Everyone’s Table

One Friday night, Tom and I met for a well-deserved happy hour and dinner after a very long, full week.  Tom chose one of his favorites, a local San Diego brewery, Karl Strauss.  The modern, rustic restaurant has only been open in Temecula for about a year. Unlike most places (especially when they first open), since the very first time …

View Post

Solving and Supervising are DEAD! It’s Coaching for the WIN!

My grown son calls and has an issue with his father. One of my coaches tells me they are struggling with one of our clients. An employee of a client team schedules a Zoom session to complain about a co-worker or boss. A colleague casually reports that a mutual friend has hurt their feelings. Do these things happen to you? …

View Post

Cooking Frogs

“It tastes like chicken,” my dad said as I looked down at the cooked frog legs on my plate at a fine dining restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico, when I was 8 years old. I can’t remember if I ate them or not, but I remember that moment. I was thinking: how does someone cook a frog? There’s an old fable …

View Post

Seriously?

Someone paid me a very nice compliment last week about the weekly inspiration delivered in the Monday Morning Stretch, and, while much appreciated, he said something embedded within the compliment which I found very interesting. He commented that I must see powerful meaning in everything I do and observe, and he intimated that I must live a very deep, serious, …