Innovation isn’t the result you’re seeking

It's part of how you reach the solution

I just left this Centric Indiana workshop that got me all fired up about innovation. The primary speaker, Rick Roetken, is a business executive, mostly in home products (furnaces, faucets, cabinets, etc.) discussed innovation from an executive’s perspective (and how to get approval to move forward on risky new ventures). It got me thinking about […]

SHIFT: a new way to think about goal setting

Chances are you’ve heard of the very common goal-setting tool: SMAR(R)T. Strategic Measurable Actionable Relevant (and/or realistic) Timed I don’t know about you, but I think setting SMART goals is unbelievably boring, uninspiring, and does not make me want to do a happy dance. I get that we need to operationalize our vision. But if […]

Why Accountability Makes Us Uncomfortable

Nothing strikes terror in most people’s eyes than the word, “accountability.” My hunch is that we when we hear it, we think that all of our work habits, schedule, thoughts, assumptions, etc. are going to be exposed, as if we’ll have to walk around in our skivvies, baring our physical and emotional flaws. That exposure […]

How the Enneagram Can Help You Solve More Problems

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The Enneagram is a powerful personality profile that reflects the complex nature of being human. A few years ago I took the assessment and learned that I was an Achiever with a Helper wing (I’ll explain about that more later.). Since then I’ve studied my type further to better understand my basic fears (feeling worthless), what […]

You are awesome just the way you are.

You are awesome. Just the way you are. Today. I recently watched Trolls the movie and, sweet Jesus, did I love it. There’s glitter, rainbows, singing, dancing, hugs, glitter. Did you know Trolls hug every hour? How glorious! There’s this character, Branch (a.k.a Justin Timberlake), who is a paranoid curmudgeon. He’s always looking for the worst […]

Manage the outcome, not just the task

People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.  –Brendon Burchard It’s really easy to get […]

Stop wasting time and money: How to get more out of your next workshop

7 tips for maximizing your learning

I love to conduct workshops. To facilitate someone else’s learning by sharing my experiences, story, and quirkiness is truly one of the most fulfilling things I do. Before I ever step into a workshop, I’ve usually done at least 3 hours of work for each hour of training. Everything doesn’t always go according to plan, […]

Feeling Guilty Stops You From Taking Responsibility

Recently I messed up. A client and I were meeting via webconference last month. I was capturing her powerful breakthroughs and a really cool action plan on a digital whiteboard. It was a 2-hour session and at the end we scheduled our next meeting and then I said, “I’ll send you a copy of this […]