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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 …

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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, …

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Leadership and Laughter

I’m really enjoying the coaching we’ve been doing lately around leadership communications (Courageous Conversations) and growing leaders into amazing coaches for their team. And the results have been nothing short of amazing which makes the work all the more rewarding for me. My clients come in every imaginable shape and size—young and old, new managers and seasoned pros, those with …

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High-Performance Driving Lessons

When you are in the presence of someone who is masterfully doing what they were born to do, it’s a beautiful and memorable thing. I’ve watched artists and musicians, chefs and athletes, speakers and trainers perform in ways that I can only describe as divinely inspired, and one of those times was watching my good friend and fellow trainer, Ian …

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Making Friends

This week, I am celebrating 64 years of life! Or, as Linda Miles would say, the 39th anniversary of my 25th birthday. But really, my 64th year and I are on friendly terms. Several years ago, I went out on my favorite cycling route through the wine country of the Temecula Valley which is 25 miles and includes a long, …

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Leaving Your Mark

This week, I have a fable to share: The Pencil The pencil-maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. “There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world,” he said. “Always remember these five things, and you’ll be a great pencil. “One: You are capable of many great things, …

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What Would You Do If Your Life Depended on It?

“If your life depended on you finding a way to overcome this obstacle, what would you do?” That was the question that was raised last week in one of my leadership coaching sessions with a client. We were brainstorming “powerful questions” that could be used with her team to help them step into a new, stronger mindset. After the session, …

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Crisis Point

I received a call last week from a client who was in, as he described it, a “crisis.” The sudden and unexpected resignation of two key players on his team within two days of one another had been quickly followed by a near “mutiny” of the remainder of his team as he leaned on them to pick up the slack. …

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Summer Reading Lessons

In my work, I spend a fair amount of time on planes, and reading is one of the things I most enjoy to pass the time. I equally love reading for personal and business growth as well as for the sheer pleasure of a great, all-engrossing novel. And summertime seems to beckon me to read even more. Several summers ago, …

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Declarations

Happy Independence Day!  Today we celebrate our united determination to be a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people.  The Fourth of July is not the day we attained our independence from the British crown but rather the day we declared it.  We celebrate the day that 56 men must have taken an awfully deep breath, picked up a feather …