Innovation is easier than you think.

This one change will open the doors to creativity.

Michelangelo said it best: Criticize by creating. I’m always fascinated by the amount of complaining that goes on in our world. No, really, I find it so intriguing! People can and will find anything to complain about. I listened to a couple at a bar (they were either on one of their first dates or […]

What It Means to be a Next-Level Problem Solver

Creativity is essential

“Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints – time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You can’t have everything, so you have to be creative to make what you want and what you need co-exist. This requires thinking differently, like a designer. Designers believe they can solve any problem and come up with a better […]

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 […]