Where is YOUR creative Juju in business?

Years ago, as I was making my way through the world, I started asking what my purpose was. I was creating a different life – one filled with questions, curiosity, travel, leaving good jobs, no children, no house, no rules or guidelines … essentially I had chosen to go against the grain of the American life. It was all unpredictable. I knew with every cell of my body that this was what I wanted to…

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It takes less energy to be big & radiant … NOT more

Yes, it’s true! It takes less energy to be big – NOT more. This week someone expressed that they felt it would take a lot of energy to get from where they are, to feeling big and magnetizing like me … more energy than they could imagine generating. While I so appreciate that affirmation of who I am being, I have to debunk the idea that it requires a lot of energy to be this…

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How can this be even more fun?

This is a question that I am asking myself everyday now, multiple times. “How can this be even more fun?” But throughout the day many people are asking questions more like these. If this feels easy can it possibly lead to success? If this looks like fun, will I get respect? Am I working hard enough? Am I parenting good enough? Am I working long enough hours? This feels easy – is it irresponsible? Is…

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Quantum Leaping Into Influence

The quickest way to create a life that has success and freedom is to tap into your own influence.  Most people don’t know how to harness this power they innately have, use it to get the results they want and feel good about it. You are influential simply because you exist. Influence is simply a way of Being. You influence others with your energy, physical presence, words, and actions all the time. The choice you…

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Master the middle and live fully

This past week was brilliant! I absolutely followed my own “rules,” unplugged from social media and hit the road! I met up with two amazing women who are in my life, one in San Francisco and one in Tahoe. I ate well, hiked, listened to an excellent book on tape and had ideas pop into my head like crazy. I completely rejuvenated and energized. And I have so much more to share with my clients…

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Want more time? Stop delegating and start leveraging.

One of the most effective ways to create time off in a leadership position is to leverage the skills of everyone around you. When I see articles about delegating it makes me want to scream “stop! that is counter productive.” Stop delegating and start leveraging. Delegating has no soul, doesn’t always respect the value of the team, and the results are way different. As an influencer – whether you have your own business or are…

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Yeah But …

Yeah but… Yeah but… Yeah but – these two simple words have the power to crush all potential for creating the life you want in milliseconds. Use them out loud or in your head and they are highly effective weapons to keep you right where you are. Yeah that sounds great … but I don’t have the money. Yeah that would be amazing … but I am afraid. Yeah but … I already said yes…

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The decision to grow and expand

During my hike this morning, I was pondering on this idea of more life and expansion. While walking in the trees I was deeply aware that they are always growing, always reaching, always wanting more life, more expression – and when they stop, they die.  So it is with the chipmunks and lizards and mosses. And so it with you and me. In 1997 I was graduating university and moved to San Francisco. It was…

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Words matter if you want to lead

When I am talking about communication with a client I often ask them to literally change their words and say things in a new way – because words affect the results we get. This is the way our minds work: You hear a word, you create an image, the image creates a thought, the thought triggers a feeling and then you respond or react which creates the result. Change the words and you change the…

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FREEDOM and Success

I have been talking about leadership for years and the results when we are good at it. BUT what I was not talking about is the most valuable benefit I get personally, from being a good leader – FREEDOM. Freedom is one of my highest values. When I have freedom I create more experiences, meet amazing people, really connect in relationships, get my creative juices flowing and am an overall more awesome person. Because I…

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I don’t think of myself as a leader… so am I?

An old friend and I got together recently to reconnect. She is a high-level, educated professional and I’ve known her since we were young. She is vibrant and fun and most certainly influences others. As we talked about her work and what I do with clients she said “I know I influence people. But I don’t really think of myself as a leader… and I don’t think a lot of women like me do.” This…

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But if I am completely me, they’ll think I’m unprofessional.

I spent an extraordinary amount of energy in my professional life “keeping it all together.” I had gathered the impression in my life that I couldn’t be “too” anything and still be accepted as a professional. I couldn’t be too opinionated, too loud, too vibrant, too feminine, be too goofy, too playful, too emotional, make too many mistakes, ask too many questions, etc. I felt a deep fear of being judged as not qualified to…

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The Leadership Mistake That I Won’t Repeat

About 10 years ago I had a job as an Executive Director of a community of 97 seniors and 30 employees. It was an awesome place to work. When I had been there at a few months, the staff really starting trusting me and seeing how much I was committed to this work. The department managers began approaching me with concerns and complaints about blatant issues with some staff. Obvious issues like stealing money from…

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Being at ease creates potential

I flew back to the west coast last night after working with two awesome women in DC. I had a connection in Salt Lake City and I was envisioning sitting next to an amazing woman who would be really interesting on each leg of the trip. But that wasn’t quite how it panned out. I am always really curious and interested in the power of body language and how we use our physical body to…

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5 Days of Curiosity – Masculinity and Women in Leadership

This has been something that has sparked my curiosity for 15 years. I have so many amazing women in my life who are very successful but one thing that I watched in myself and others is this drive to define ourselves as “successful” by standards that have been male driven. When the women I know are together and fully engaged – they are mind-blowingly awesome. Their impact on the people around them is palpable. But…

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5 Days of Curiosity – #4 The Playground Effect

This past weekend I attended a retreat with 12 women, all business owners. Wow. The energy of being around other women who are intelligent, professional and interested in growth is phenomenal and priceless. There were many realizations and “Aha” moments but one of the biggest occurred on the playground. Kimmi is an amazing photographer… and you’ll soon be seeing some of the results of her work here on my site! We spent a VIP day…

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5 Days of Curiosity – #3 Play is good for business

Confession: I got my Bachelors of Science in Recreation Therapy yet I rarely talk about play. Lately play and ease have once again consumed my consciousness. I talk about ease and happiness being results of my work – that women who communicate better and interact with more fluidity in business feel more at ease. But in the past few years while I feel at ease with others, I have left out play and haven’t been…

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5 Days of Curiosity – #2 Taking yourself out of the game

Day 2: I got an email from a friend today that informed me that her young friend and colleague who had been diagnosed with dementia had committed suicide last night. She felt so stigmatized by her diagnosis that she chose to end her life. I have been pained and curious about this choice all morning. What kept coming to my mind was that her beliefs about the diagnosis were so strong that “she took herself…

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5 Days of Curiosity – #1 Master the Art of Being Present

2 years ago on my 38th birthday I started a blog project called 38 days of curiosity. I am a super curious person. Always observing. Always asking questions. It was really fun. Today I remembered that project and decided I would share “5 Days of Curiosity” simply for the pleasure of paying attention each day to what sparks my curiosity. Hope you enjoy. Day 1: I just got back from walking my dog Ed. I…

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The Ask – Questions and The Power Of Curiosity

Great leaders and successful people understand the power of asking questions and the power of curiosity. Both help us not only in business but to live a full and interesting life.  When we ask questions we connect with others, we help them to become more aware and we expand our knowledge base. Asking questions builds a relationship with clients and customers, strengthens team and increases your expert status in business. And it can save you…

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