Summer is the cocoon of reinvention. For many, this time of year is the capstone of one journey and the beginning of a new one. Freshmen are getting ready to be sophomores. Juniors are getting ready to be seniors. Seniors are getting ready for college. College...

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The Lifetime Value of an Employee

Have you heard a story like this? A woman works for 20 years for her employer and has a wealth of institutional knowledge - many stories to tell about how the organization evolved. She comes to work two weeks after an acquisition to learn that hers is one of about a...

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The ROI on Wellness at Work Might be Different than you Think

A Harvard Business Review article titled, “What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs?” details how Johnson & Johnson stated that “that wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to...

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Curiosity Might be a Cure for Humanity

True story. I was moderating a panel of professional women a few weeks ago and heard the most remarkable comment. A woman with a long career in human resources admitted that for years she kept a cool professional distance from people in the organization. As she became...

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Going the Distance

My earlier blog on persistence talked about how to press into your life strategy despite the negative voices telling you that you are not enough - not good enough, smart enough, credentialed enough, etc. Now that you have plowed through those false belief systems...

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Energy to Lead

It takes energy to lead. For the past two weeks we've been talking about nurturing, which comes naturally but which is impossible if our cup is empty. We have to cultivate a life that has a sustainable energy source. Naturally, I draw most of my metaphors for life...

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