Toxic Teams: What Makes a Tree Grow Sideways?

Toxic Teams: What Makes a Tree Grow Sideways?

The subject of toxic teams comes up a lot in my workshops. In fact, the first workshop of the summer ended on this bright note: we can all work on raising our leadership level in life, but there are some people who just won’t get it. This picture represents that...
Herds of Camels

Herds of Camels

This week marks a line in the proverbial sand for me, which is what happens when we get clarity about who we are and what we’re doing. Since I coach others, I have a coach keeping my path straight and he asks hard questions. Really hard questions. That’s...
Metamorphasis

Metamorphasis

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...
Going the Distance

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...
Energy to Lead

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...
Persistence

Persistence

A music professor in college told Chris Tomlin that he’d never amount to anything in music. I remember the time my husband and I went to see him for the first time at a church. He was traveling with all his gear in a U-Haul trailer. We sat on the first row. I...
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