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Tell the Truth Mondays

As happens every year at this time, Monday night dinners at our house are eaten with Monday Night Football in the background. It’s a concession I make to my husband in return for all the times he attended art fairs and watched chick flicks without complaint. Last Monday, watching the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens, I noticed the …

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Be Where Your Feet Are

This summer, by early August, the fires in Northern California were in full swing.  At that point, we had no idea how close and how bad it would get around our little cabin at Echo Lakes, but we were already dealing with low air quality and smokey conditions most days. We had invited my childhood friend, Deb Berecz and her …

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Favorite Quotes

“Life is hard, until it isn’t.”  Dr. Sue Morter “I never lose. I either win or learn.”  Nelson Mandela “If two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary.”  Mark Twain These are some of my favorite quotes. Ones I recall quickly and often. Recently, a good friend reminded me of another one to add to that list. It’s from …

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Exhaling

One of my favorite mantras is: Life is always working out for me. Boy, did it help to remember and reassure myself of that this past week. As many of you already know, our sweet little cabin at Echo Lakes near Tahoe has been under siege from the Caldor Fire for the past 10 days. Built in 1924 by my …

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Triggers

A couple of weeks ago, someone said something to me offhandedly, and I felt an immediate internal reaction. It seemed to me that the person was accusing me of procrastinating, if not being downright lazy. I was offended. When I reacted, the person was genuinely surprised as that was not at all what they had meant. As a matter of …

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Play It Like Van Halen

A special edition of September’s LIFE Magazine featured all things Van Halen. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades, Van Halen is an iconic rock band started and led by rock ‘n’ roll innovator and guitar virtuoso, Eddie Van Halen. Eddie died in 2020 after a long battle with throat cancer but as LIFE …

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Supervision or Coaching?

One day a man walked by a cocoon and noticed a tightly wound butterfly within it, struggling to emerge. As it hung vertically from a branch, he noticed a small hole at the bottom through which the butterfly would have to squeeze to make its way out into the world. Given the size of the butterfly, the man was convinced …

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Stop the Boredom – Part 2

In our last few MMS’s, we’ve discussed how to use an integrated meeting structure to support the realization of your company vision.  The structure we’ve suggested looks like this: Annual Calibration Retreat Quarterly Strategic Meetings Monthly Growth Meetings (for entire team) Weekly Leadership Check-Ins Daily Focus Meetings Individual Employee Growth Conferences Courageous Conversations (as needed) In this MMS, I’m going …

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Two More Important Meetings

Last week, I outlined a small business/practice meeting structure that included five different types of meetings to support your growth and the realization of your long-term vision. But, I forgot to mention two others that are equally important: Growth Conferences and Courageous Conversations. Both of these meetings are focused on developing your people, but they have two big distinctions. Courageous …

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Stop the Boredom!

Sick of team meetings that are boring at best, contentious at worst?  Or, do you discuss a lot of subjects as a team without anything ever actually changing? Maybe you frequently experience a lack of engagement or participation? Too many meetings? Not enough? What’s the answer? At LionSpeak, we think meetings are an essential part of the communication strategy for …