It’s time to work harder.

If you're not seeing the results you want, try this instead.

On this blog I’ve been trying to say, “Work smarter,” for the past 2 years. I’ve been saying, “Don’t give your employer your whole life. Stop saying Yes so often. Find focus. Be productive.” I heard a bit of inspiration yesterday that really got me fired up for asking you to work harder, too.   Gary Vaynerchuck […]

How to Get More “Best Days Ever”

The days are too long and life is too short to spend even one more day being stuck.

Have you ever thought about how your life could be different if you could live the best day ever almost every single day? It’s possible, but it takes work on your part to make it happen. I wanted to share with you some important questions that you must answer in order to have more of what […]

Division vs. Integrity

Let's make America whole.

This election season has been truly heartbreaking to witness. Today I saw a Facebook post where a man was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Journalist. Tree. Rope. Some assembly required.” When did it become normal to advocate for lynchings? Vomit. My Facebook feed is also full of, “Thank goodness it’s over tomorrow.” Don’t we still […]

Your Life’s Work is to Feel Alive

Align your head, heart, and intuition to make that happen

Our clients, colleagues, and organizations are best served by competent, passionate people who are self aware and doing impactful work. If you’re like so many, your career has taken many unexpected twists and turns. I’m guessing that several years ago, you never could have imagined you’d be where you are today. No matter where you’re […]

10 Minutes Every Hour Could Transform Your Day

Take breaks to get more done.

Sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it? Take a break to get more done? But you don’t understand, Stefanie, I have soooooooo much to do. I barely have time to run to the restroom. Choosing work over going to the restroom is a bit extreme in our line of work. But, I get it, you have a […]

How to Finally Feel Like You’re Doing Enough

Another secret F-word to help you be more successful

One of the great equalizers among humans (besides the fact that we’re all human!) is that we all have 168 hours each week: from the CEO to the receptionist to the computer programmer to the case manager. I’ve noticed one key difference between those who feel successful AND less stressed and those who are running […]

Do You Celebrate Others’ Superpowers?

Every person has them.

One of my most treasured pieces of feedback was when a colleague said, “Wow, Stefanie, you’re a really good problem solver.” We were working at her desk troubleshooting a weird technology problem and I just started suggesting some logical steps to take to fix it. And, voilà, we fixed it! Because of my life experiences […]

Do you struggle to be yourself?

How to tap into authenticity

I have a happy dance. It was invented in an IU dorm room with  my friend, Sally, when  I was 19. I use it to celebrate occasions of all kinds: great news, good news, not-so-bad news, when my client hits a goal, when I hit a goal, etc. It’s really not for public consumption and […]

3 Steps to Make Sure Your Team is Solving the Same Problem

Groups can't work towards a solution if they're not solving the same problem.

Raise your hand if this has happened to you. You and your co-workers have a meeting to discuss a new project that’s part of your strategic plan. The meeting runs over 15 minutes and you each leave the meeting with action items. As each persons begins their tasks, they have questions. A series of emails are exchanged […]

Another F-Word to Use Instead of Feedback

Feedforward is a great way to change behavior and make improvements for the future.

Receiving feedback usually gets me a little nervous. I find myself uneasy, embarrassed, and sometimes even feeling ashamed of my work. I’m not alone. I’ve heard from many others that feedback often times elicits the third F-word here…you know what I’m talking about. In writing this post, I realize that my association with feedback is mostly […]