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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Unplug and Find Focus

Don't underestimate the difference between disconnect and distraction.

Have you ever thought about your process for intentionally disconnecting from work? I remember when I used to commute thirty minutes each way. My thoughts on the drive to work were about work. And my thoughts on my way home were about work, my personal task list for the evening, and what I was going […]

What Commitment Looks Like

Commitment isn't being busy; it's following through on your promises.

A few years ago a recovering addict told me that she felt she had lost integrity with herself. She considered herself a liar because she wasn’t following through on the promises she made: the promise to quit drinking, the promise to take care of her body through exercise, the promise to stay connected with her […]

Use the new overtime rules to your advantage

How to manage yourself so you get your life back.

Recently the Department of Labor announced new overtime rules that affect employees making around $48,000 per year. Currently employees who make less than $23,000-ish per year must be classified as nonexempt (i.e. hourly) employees who track their time and get paid over time for more than 40 hours per week. Over the years, most organizations have […]