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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Managing your finances is a symptom of health.

Tackle this sensitive subject and you'll be well.

So…I got money issues. It wasn’t until I met my husband —  well really until we started sharing finances — that I learned (from him!) how to manage money well. I spent what I had, didn’t really save, and didn’t tackle my debt proactively. I also wasn’t sharing enough with charities or able to take adventurous vacations like I […]

Get Past Your Frustrations

If there's something holding you back, you can overcome it.

My husband and I are becoming foster parents soon. It’s been an interesting adventure in bureaucracy and self awareness. We’re both super excited, but in my not-so-strong moments the self doubt creeps in something fierce. It sounds something like this: I can’t do this. I’m not strong enough for this. I’m not smart enough to […]