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Do You Know Your Value?
10 05 15, 7:00 am
Filed under: Business Related, Growth + Development, How-To's

Hello, Friends!

I had the honor of speaking on “The Humanity of Creativity” to open the Worldwide Partners’ North America Annual Meeting this past week in Chicago.

In addition to running into one of my favorite people, Eva, across the hall from the conference (I love when that happens)….we heard from some incredibly seasoned consultants that spoke about everything from M+A, Work Scope Analytics, Net Neutrality, and iTrends.

Click here to see one of the most important things you need to be thinking about as a company who wants to have creative and financial success.



Why I Keep Coming Back to ‘Your Best Year Yet’

I hope you had a wonderful holiday week last week full of good food, great times with family and friends, and some rest!

Several friends and clients have been intrigued by a practice I do annually called Best Year Yet.

The book Book“Your Best Year Yet!” by Jinny S. Ditzler asks 10 questions to help you get clear on your wins and challenges during the past year while also helping you focus your energy and efforts in the year ahead in a way that will make it …(badumbum) Your Best Year Yet.

Since most of you are still on vacation, I encourage you to take advantage of this time to do some insightful planning for the year ahead.

You’re probably inundated with books, articles and other resources right now to help you plan your 2015. But the simplicity and flexibility of Best Year Yet keep me coming back to it. Working through the questions takes three or four hours. I recommend giving yourself four hours, and I encourage you to go through the process with a friend, spouse or colleague.  As I’ve done Best Year Yet, I’ve found that sharing someone else brings about more insights.

Some of the things I learned when I answered the questions this year: Continue reading



Gratitude + The Holidays
11 30 14, 1:27 pm
Filed under: Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

You know how November goes.

An eye blink from now, we’ll be in the holiday whirl of shopping, traveling, eating, drinking and gathering.

And then it’s the end of the year. Already. I know.

Before it all starts, I invite you to reclaim Thanksgiving as a time to get some perspective and connect with others.

We pay a lot of lip service to gratitude this time of year. But I want to invite you to take it deeper. Continue reading



How to take a REAL work vacation

August is a big vacation month. It’s hot here in Austin, Texas, which is why I am excited to go to Colorado this month. It’s 71 at noon vs. 112, thank you very much.

I was sharing my plans with my friend and colleague Maura Thomas, a productivity expert who always keeps me in line when we start talking about time management. She has some really useful articles on how to take a vacation that I’ve shared below. Continue reading



The Duality of Plans

Plans can both help and hinder us in creating the best work we can for our companies and teams.  Here are 3 ways planning can benefit and kill Work Life Better.

A plan that SUPPORTS creative insight helps…
1.  understand the work ahead for yourself and others
2.  identify potential pitfalls or forks in the road
3.  get work done when you don’t feel like using your brain for logistics, so you can use your brain for creative visioning + problem solving

A plan that RESTRICTS creativity + progress is…
1.  inflexible – a cemented action plan
2.  unrealistic and impossible to fulfill
3.  a way to control (micromanage +/or overfunction for) others, losing out on the magic of team and iteration

Share with us below how plans help you reach success and where they get in the way or you accomplishing your goals.



What to do when growth and change kind of suck
04 08 14, 6:14 pm
Filed under: General, Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

Grown-ups have growing pains, too. As we move from one phase/chapter/stage to another, there is always a transitional period that can be just brutal. A great desire to move to the next phase can alleviate some of the pain, but it never makes it go away. 

We are creatures of habit, and doing new things, while exciting, requires mojo, acceptance, perseverance and compassion to get us to the other side without being maimed.

I’ve experienced one of the most difficult periods of my business and Continue reading



I love to watch you play…
12 13 13, 4:00 pm
Filed under: General, Growth + Development, How-To's, Thought-Provoking

A few weeks ago, a friend shared an article on her blog that highlighted the attributes of a great sports parent. 

“College athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: ‘I love to watch you play.‘”

Instead of the parents instantly critiquing how the kids played, those precious words “I love to watch you play” allowed for the players to be present in these shared moments of joy and acknowledgement from their parents.

In my experience, acknowledgements have the potential to be really powerful and are highly underutilized.  Continue reading




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