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The Leadership of Moms

Many of us had someone (or if we were extra lucky… many someones) in our life who not only gave us wise counsel but also shared encouragement, ideas, and resources with us so that we might stretch beyond what we thought we were capable of. On the heels of Mother’s Day, I fondly remember my mother in that role.   …

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Still Cookin’

It may go down as my all-time favorite childhood memory:  The smell of my grandmother’s homemade pecan and raisin cinnamon rolls baking in the oven… “love in a pan” made especially for me because she knew they were my favorite. Several times during what seemed to me an everlasting, agonizing, eternal baking process, she would say, in a not-so-subtle, louder …

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Panic or Prepare?

This is a guest post from our friend, Adrienne Twigg. Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night dreading a meeting, a decision that must be made, or a conversation that you anticipate will be difficult, challenging, or contentious? Absolutely, I would raise my hand and say, “guilty as charged.” Also, how many of us put that “event” …

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Selling Hope

Charles Revlon, founder of Revlon Cosmetics, was once quoted as saying, “In the factory, we make cosmetics. In the store, we sell hope.” Recently, while observing in a high-profile dental office, I listened to a dentist present a very large treatment plan to a man in his late 60’s. The man had not been to a dentist in 15 years …

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The General’s Tent

Stephen Covey once said, “Wars are won in the general’s tent.” In other words, preplanning, deciding on priorities, and committing to action is the difference between random success and consistent success when it comes to your most important goals. If you’re like me, you do battle every day (all day!) with the “tyranny of the urgent” as emails, texts, messages, …

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Hyperbole

We just re-watched The Greatest Showman with my two boys last weekend, and I was struck by a line spoken by Hugh Jackman, who plays P.T. Barnum. He said, “Hyperbole isn’t the worst crime. Men suffer more from imagining too little than too much.” I think this is true. I’ve soothed myself to sleep for years by adding detail upon …

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Be Like Water

Tom’s 10-year-old granddaughter, Selah, is a wonder to us. Watching her grow, it’s easy to see that she is a natural empath and a total creative soul. She is drawn to art and music and is sensitive to color, form, and emotion, expressed in all different ways. She is also dyslexic and struggles with reading and writing. We greatly admire …

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Whose agenda is it, anyway?

I just taught my 57th Transformational Trainers Workshop and for most of them, the attendees have been independent trainers, consultants, workshop leaders, and speakers who wanted to get more engagement, buy-in, and interaction with their trainees. But in the last few years, we’ve noticed a trend. More and more, our attendees are comprised of small business/practice owners, managers, and team …

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The Story We Tell

If you’ve ever seen the movies Courage Under Fire or Snake Eyes, you know that a circumstance or event can look very definitive from one vantage point, causing us to come to a conclusion about which we feel very confident. But, viewing it from another angle can cause us to draw a completely different conclusion and, therefore, experience a new …

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Attracting Success

Tom is dreaming of a new truck… a fancy new 2022 GMC Sierra Denali with automatic side steps, multi-pro tailgate, heated seats, Bose sound system, and a big 3L Diesel engine—a far cry from his old 2005 Ford F350. And though he’s not quite ready to make the leap, he’s thinking so much about it that, of course, he sees …