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On Your Mark… Go!

Okay. I’m doing it. I’m writing a book on Courageous Conversations. Yep. It’s outlined and the first chapter is complete. And, guess what I’ve discovered? Starting was the hardest part. I wouldn’t say that trying to write a book is the easiest thing I’ve ever taken on but once I got started, I almost instantly gained momentum. In this new …

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Music Monday: Welcome to my Revolution

We made it! 2019. Despite political upheaval, super storms, and dire predictions, we have somehow miraculously made it into the New Year… as we always do. On this first Music Monday of 2019, I chose “A Brand New Year” by SheDaisy. It’s a perfect song for the start of a new and pivotal year as it’s not so much about …

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Music Monday: An Instrument of Peace

I’m not Catholic, but I love many of the beautiful traditions of the Catholic faith. My favorite is the lovely story and mythology surrounding the 13th century Italian Saint Francis of Assisi, the church’s patron saint of animals. My mother always had some stone version of St. Francis in her flower gardens, usually surrounded by birdfeeders and birdbaths. Often the …

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Standing for Peace

It’s Christmas Eve, and like many of you, I have my holiday playlist on repeat throughout the house. I decided to recycle a popular Stretch this week based on the Christmas song, “Belleau Wood”, by Garth Brooks which relates a first-person account of a true and extraordinary historical event called The Christmas Truce, which occurred during World War I along …

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DON’T Start with “Why?”

If you’ve been on the planet in the last decade, you’ve no doubt been exposed to Simon Sinek’s video and book, Start with Why. Simon makes a tremendous case for the power of asking ourselves “What’s my ‘why’?” in an effort to communicate with clients, patients, and team members the emotional reason behind what we do rather than the more …

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The Root of All Things

In preparation for writing a new book on Courageous Conversations, I’ve been doing some research and re-reading some old classics on communicating effectively in challenging situations. I am reminded on all fronts about how easily we can get derailed when emotions take over for logic. There is a raft of research to prove that when we are faced with a …

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Music Monday: The Remedy

It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. It’s stressful. At times, it’s sheer chaos. Ahhhh, the holidays. In the midst of all the holiday hub-bub, I’m trying to remember that my children and grandchildren, husband and parents, friends and clients will probably not remember a single gift I gave them after I’m gone. But they will have a memory of me and how …

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The Great Sales Match

“Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…” For some reason, I’m on a weird kick lately to re-watch all my old favorite musicals. Those famous lyrics from, Fiddler on the Roof, haunt my head as I write this week’s Monday Morning Stretch and think about how often we complicate the communication process with …

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Music Monday: My Thanksgiving

I’m invoking author’s privilege and publishing Music Monday a couple of weeks early in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday… because I have the perfect song: Don Henley’s, My Thanksgiving. What we like in music is such a personal choice, but, in my humble opinion, Don Henley is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. I’ve contended for years that …

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True Stories

Brian Tracy once said, “Never say anything about yourself that you do not want to come true.” And yet, we constantly do this. “I’m not good at math.” “I can’t resist sweets.” “I’m terrified of public speaking.” “I avoid confrontation.” We’ve all made derogatory statements about ourselves and every time we do, we breathe life into a story that becomes …