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A Mother’s Love

For most of us, a mother’s love is unlike any other in our life.  Different than a father’s love, sibling love, or even romantic love.  It is what all other love aspires to be- unconditional, selfless, generous, forgiving, supportive, tough when it needs to be but gentle, and without end.  A few of us may not have experienced a love …

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Conversational Cocktails

The ancient Chinese philosopher, Laozi, said, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” For years I have been a student of what constitutes, influences, and improves Conversational Intelligence (CI), and lately there has been a tremendous amount of neuroscience giving us great insight into how we can master our …

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Goodbye to a Place

Many of you know that Tom and I recently moved from the ranch where I had lived for the last 18 years and where Tom and I had lived together for the last 10. Anyone who has ever been to Twin Creeks Ranch will tell you that it is a very, very special place. I had admired the ranch for …

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Precautionary Landings

Years ago, Tom and I took a much-needed vacation on the island of Kauai with a short side trip to Oahu. There’s a good reason they call it paradise. Hawaii is serene, breathtaking, and majestic, especially the NaPali Coastline. Even if you’ve never been there, you’ve seen it in movies like Jurassic Park or South Pacific. We were triple lucky …

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Your Lens Matters

During this time of coronavirus lockdown, many are saying to me, “I’m so bored! Every day is the same.” While that’s certainly understandable in times like these… when we are practically confined to our homes, I think there’s a different lens we can use to view this situation. If we’re bored, we’ve shrunk into ourselves so far we only see …

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All the Good I Can Do

A while back, long before coronavirus, I was speaking to a friend about peace. That friend asked about the attainment of personal peace in relation to current events around the world.  In particular, as it related to my decision to limit the amount of news I watched on television or read in a newspaper. At that time, I wrote the …

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Water Weight

  As our lead Lioness, Katherine Eitel Belt, moves into a new home this week, we decided to reach back in our archives and repost a Monday Morning Stretch which we hope you will find helpful during these current challenging times. The health and productivity of teams, whether professional, personal, or community-based, is commensurate with the health and productivity of …

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Coronavirus and Leadership

If you’ve been a subscriber to our Monday Morning Stretch for any length of time, I hope I have inspired you to be consistent in your effort to grow and strengthen your personal leadership skills. If you’ve done so, then you know already that you must first up-level your own mindset and leadership thinking prior to elevating your ability to …

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Redemptive Perspectives

There is much we can proactively do to create a personal and professional life that is abundant, meaningful, and filled with positive aspects. But sometimes… bad things just happen. Even the most positive, hardworking, honest people will likely experience pain and suffering at some point in their life. The death of a loved one, an unexpected divorce or financial crisis, …

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Music Monday: Motivation vs. Momentum

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote my Stretch on what Tom and I had learned on our quest to renew our health. One of the things we’ve implemented successfully has been to get movement and exercise into every day. After two months, it feels weird if we don’t get some exercise, but it didn’t start out that way. Breaking …