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Bad Communication Breeds Bad Communication

Bad Communication Breeds Bad Communication

I’ve had many executive clients come to coaching with the goal of building better working relationships. Often, they realize that email communication is a leading source for tension—not responding to emails, hitting reply all in a passive-aggressive or defensive way,...

3 Endurance Strategies to Get Unstuck

3 Endurance Strategies to Get Unstuck

We’re three months into 2021, so I want to check in on how you’re doing with your intention for the year. My intention this year is PLAYFULNESS. But I have to tell you, I‘m struggling with this. By this time last year with my intention of minimalism, I’d already...

Need Team Building? Try a Pool Party.

Need Team Building? Try a Pool Party.

One of the most popular topics in training and development right now is employee engagement. This was the case before the pandemic, and it’s even more relevant with teams working remotely or needing to stay six feet apart. Leaders and managers want to know, “How can I...

Are Your Productivity Problems Really People Problems?

Are Your Productivity Problems Really People Problems?

“Ugh. My office is full of monkeys.” No. I wasn’t coaching a zookeeper or veterinarian. My client, let’s call him Ben, was Vice President of Sales. He had quickly climbed the leadership ladder because of his excellent track record in sales. His organization hired me...

The Pandemic Pause

The Pandemic Pause

Last year at this time, I remember sitting at my kitchen table with my team on a Monday morning discussing how bad I felt for my colleagues in the northwest who were having their speaking events cancelled because of this new disease called COVID-19. I was thankful...

How to escape analysis paralysis

How to escape analysis paralysis

My daughter, Josie, recently had to choose her classes for her sophomore year of high school. Up until this point, she’s only been able to choose electives. She now has a ton of decisions. Applied Chemistry or Physical Science? Africa Area Studies or Latin America...

Assess Your Trail and Act Accordingly

Assess Your Trail and Act Accordingly

My friend, Randi, decided she wanted to give cross-country skiing a try and asked if I’d take her and her daughter. I’ve loved cross country skiing since I was in 7th grade in Minnesota, and the trails are fantastic this winter—so I was happy she asked. In case you’ve...

Unlocking the Choices

Unlocking the Choices

There’s so much going on right now that we have no control over. But we’re still 100% in control. When things are out of our control, it’s the perfect time to remember. . . I control everything I do. I may not be able to do everything I want right now. But I do...

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Aren’t Always True

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Aren’t Always True

Once upon a time, I had a video call with a coaching client. We took a couple of minutes to catch up, and she seemed to be in a good mood. We started coaching and suddenly something shifted. She was distracted. She seemed to stop listening. She asked me to repeat...

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