In the Streets of Sofia, Bulgaria

I'm sitting in the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria. A European city filled with hidden gems and almost a feel of Barcelona, Spain...but not quite. This morning I'm finding refuge and laughter in one place where everyone speaks a universal language and shares the same love for a modern vice...Starbucks! I adore immersing myself in foreign …

Kindness Comes Back To You When It Matters Most

As I sit in the Paris airport I’m reminded again of the different cultures that span our world–thousands is truly an understatement. It’s so easy to just jump on a plane and find yourself as the minority in a foreign land. Appreciation for kindness and patience from others grows leaps and bounds when YOU’RE the …

What Brave Leadership Looks Like; It’s Not What You Think

A powerful story about a maverick leader choosing to be the change we need to see in Corporate America. Thank you, Keith for your bravery and willingness to be vulnerable. Now this is great leadership! By: Keith Narr, Chief Technology Officer @ Cargill For nine months of the year you can find me coaching youth …

Turn Around And See All The People

I was asked by a client today, “Why do so many companies have problems with engagement?” 87% of US employees are disengaged to be exact. It’s not rocket science… It’s because most leaders are faced in the wrong direction. Spending so much time appeasing “higher-ups”, Wall Street and making sure that the lastest initiative gets …

It’s Not Them It’s You 😳

Everyone’s your mirror – the good, the bad and the ugly. What you find annoying or frustrating in others is often showing you the exact part of yourself that you need to work on, become aware of and connect. Hmm 🤔Next time that certain someone is driving you crazy, rather than getting angry get curious! …

8 Ways to Live Your Best Life Now

There are moments in life when clarity blesses us with its presence. When the skies open wide and we can see the purity of our existence. A euphoric feeling...physically and spiritually experiencing a connection to all things seen and unseen. These are the moments when the veil is lifted and we get introduced to and …

What Zoos Can Teach Us About Employee Performance

I walked into a client's office yesterday optimistic and full of life. A great nights sleep, healthy breakfast and ahead of schedule. I was ready to conquer the day. I sat down in my office disguised as a cubicle and jumped right in. Then an unexpected turn of events happened.  After my first meeting I …

What You’ll Find in the Opposite Direction

Dig, dig, dig... It often feels like all we're doing is digging. Digging out of debt. Digging out of emails. Digging out of whatever mess we may be standing in. If we're not digging we're catching up. Yep, always on a quest to catch up. Catching up with sleep. Catching up with laundry. Catching up …

Why Failure Is More Important Than Success

As an entrepreneur of ten years I've learned all too well what failure feels like. The perpetual wheel of reinventing myself has been the only constant in my life. Ups and downs, highs and lows; the roller coaster of perceived failure can be exhausting. I deliberately use the word perceived. Isn't failure the exact purpose …

3 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

Published By: David Fralinger                                                   Have a nagging suspicion your employees are a bit disillusioned? Disenchanted? Just plain bored? They may be suffering from acute employee disengagement, and they’re not alone. In fact, recent Gallup polling has identified an estimated 30 percent or less of the US workforce as actively engaged in their work—a dismal reality …

The Secret to Conquering Fear in Business

When it comes to healthy communication and engagement in business fear is your worst enemy. Fear paralyzes people's ability to do their best work. It has the power to put us in a cage surrounded by a professional life (and personal life) we don't want. And it forces companies to make poor decisions; spending money …

What makes you grateful?

Over the past few weeks I've been reminded about the importance of gratitude. Are you taking time to count your blessings and acknowledge the people, things or situations in life that keep you safe, loved, laughing or even fed? It's easy to be swept away into negativity. And it's even easier to blame that negativity …

The Benefits of Having a Positive Attitude

By: Kristian "KG" Goldsmith  I'm sure there some skeptics who will read this and probably not agree with me. However that's great because these are the people that holds us back from reaching our goals. Otherwise referred to as the naysayers. There is so much we can benefit from having a positive attitude, not to …

Courage Comes Through Suffering

I love when a fortune cookie delivers profound messages at the exact right time. The other day while sitting at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant I received this message, "Courage comes through suffering". I immediately thought, oh fuck. A message of truth, yes, but not a message I want as my fortune. As I sat in quiet …

How to Fall in Love with Patience

We all grew up hearing the saying, "Good things come to those who wait." Yep, sounds great on paper! That said, when we're in the midst of having to exercise patience in order to get what we want just thinking about that statement creates an eye roll and frustration. Ugh! Who wants to wait an …

60 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in (Almost) 60 Years

By: Maria Shriver Journalist, Author & Activist at Maria Shriver Original Post I’ve been thinking about birthdays…especially mine as it’s this week!!! In our family birthdays are a big deal. There is always a homemade cake, balloons, cards, a fun celebration of the gift of life. The truth is, I love any excuse to have a party …

Thank You Encourage Her Network

I spoke at the Encourage Her Network- Encouraging women in life, family, and business! Signature event on Monday. Thank you Shannon Johnson for giving me the opportunity to be in the presence of such an amazing group of women! I invite you all to check out Shannon's Encourage Her Magazine. This girl is worth keeping tabs …

The Power in Putting Your Phone Down

I did something crazy last night. A complete act of the subconscious. Before I went to bed, I turned my phone off and plugged it into the charger. That's not the crazy part. Here it comes... I never turned it back on. Like most people I have my morning routine. After waking up I immediately …

7 Ways to De-Stress Using Nature

This time of year always reminds me of the power of nature. As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp it's hard not to notice the magic of Mother Earth. Just stepping outside and taking a deep breath can cure fatigue, center focus, inspire new ideas, improve depression and provide a lighter perspective …

How to Get off the Crazy Train

We've all heard the definition of crazy: Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. For some, it's easier to ride the crazy train than remembering to breathe. Our addiction to crazy influences how we approach our job, health, and relationships. Crazy is everywhere! Every crazy thought, word and action contributes to a …

How You Add Value to the World

What is your value? We live in a society that more often than not predicates success and value based on physical achievement, materialism and societal placement. From childhood on we’re swept away with rules and silent norms about fashion, body image and possessions. We often become so fixated on how to accumulate more “stuff” or …

Energy Wellness @ Work

Energy wellness is the new engagement strategy. Let me be clear on the topic of energy: I’m not talking about eating better, sleeping more, working out, or adding another “must do” to your schedule. Yes, all those things are important to being a healthy human being, but when I’m addressing human energy, I’m addressing the …

True Leadership: Courageous, Compassionate and Vulnerable

Let me start by saying, "You are a leader." It doesn't matter where you sit, what your title is, if you have people reporting to you or how much you're being paid. Maybe you're part-time Joe cleaning the toilets, or maybe you're sitting in a cubical wondering if anyone knows you exist. It doesn't matter the …

Leadership Transparency: How to Show the World You’re Human

Great leaders understand the power in human-connectivity and the importance of personal transparency. Leadership transparency is about showing up to the workplace authentically and allowing people to see that you're human. It's about connecting with people on a personal level and having courage to become vulnerable. Leaders who value personal transparency show people they care through …

How to Communicate and Get Results

Destination Mapping is a communication process that works! It’s designed for one-on-one conversations, written messages and any presentation no matter how small. The process can be used by anyone who wants to become a better communicator, eliminate costly errors and/or have easy conversations that actually get results. Although the process is designed for business, it’s …

How to Live the Good Life: It’s easier than you think.

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you have all your collective shit together? A rarity, I know. It feels great. You're calm, relaxed, able to maintain a positive perspective, and even have a smile on your face as you walk through the office or down the street. It's in these moments …

Time to Quit: Have you stayed in a toxic situation too long?

Have you stayed too long in a situation that no longer serves you? If there's one thing for sure, life IS change. Nothing stays the same. Even when you're standing still you're evolving and moving forward. As you evolve, certain people and situations that once served as positive influences in your life can turn unhealthy or …

Compassion vs. Enabling

Are you choosing to fuel a negative situation by enabling someone who needs to stand on their own two feet? I was recently asked, "What is the boundary between compassion and enabling?" Compassion is standing by someone's side without judgement. It's being empathetic to another's situation in the form of kind words, a hug, sending love …