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Everything listed under: executive and leadership coaching

  • Developing Personal Flexibility

    Just as there are many facets to emotional intelligence, so there are to resiliency. One key skill that contributes to both is flexibility.We all have an initial reaction to the word. I think of people who don’t need life to be rigid.   Read More...

  • 5 Ways To Support Others’ Dreams

    On December 30th we received a new family member - such a great sign of new beginnings.New life. All hopes and dreams lie ahead. Full of possibility.There is nothing right now to get in the way of little David dreaming and creating the future he will end up wanting for himself.What gets in the way of us chasing our dreams?   Read More...

  • Communicating Without Assumptions

    My rug and my cabinet exterior are both made from recycled soda bottles. Many of my choices are fueled by my desire to live more environmentally friendly.So?So, when I was shopping last week and the lady after me in line at the grocery store got my attention to say “You know, it’s a small thing but you really should be using cloth bags!” it really pushed my buttons!I felt a compulsion to explain, justify, make her realize that she had no idea who she was saying that to.Of course I use cloth bags...  Read More...

  • 6 Ways To Increase Personal Work Engagement

    Often when we talk about engagement in the workplace, it is a conversation about how employers can encourage a higher level in their employees. There are massive studies around this topic and how disengagement correlates to more sick time, accidents, etc. Gallup has done phenomenal amounts of work around this topic and has come up with the top 12 items that support engagement.   Read More...

  • Why 2 Thanksgivings Aren’t Enough!

    Being a Canadian living in the States I get 2 Thanksgivings. Life is good! (I don’t even eat turkey :) )As Bill and I create our dream together we have so much to be grateful for.   Read More...

  • Increasing Your Self-Awareness

    “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”― Lao TzuLately I’ve had the pleasure of having conversations with both family members and friends about their Myers-Briggs or StrengthsFinder results. The use of assessments is not the only way to increase one’s self-awareness but it’s a fun one!Partly the assessment gives you time to reflect and agree or disagree with statements in the tool about you.These kinds of tools can be used well and bring a lot of understanding and acc...  Read More...

  • Top Five Leadership Qualities

    There are people that just stand out as different from the crowd. Sometimes for good reasons, sometimes, not so good.What is it that makes people get noticed? What leads people to getting promoted?   Read More...

  • Enriching Your Soil

    My garden teaches and illustrates many of life’s lessons for me. Today I want to focus on the importance of rich soil. Obviously this blog is not about gardening but the garden sure highlights some great principles.These two images are of the same plant, same seed but what a dramatic difference!There may be some other minor factors contributing but the two main differences between these two are 1) the soil and 2) regular watering.Let’s talk about soil.   Read More...

  • Leveraging the Benefits of Fresh Starts

    Growing up in an Air Force family I got to move more than many of you reading this. It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood though that I noticed the phenomenon that I want to share about today.When you move somewhere new and no one knows you, a couple opportunities present themselves.You get a fresh start. A chance to choose how you want to show up - to redefine yourself and how people will experience you.   Read More...

  • Break Free From These 3 Time Stealers

    As is often the case for business owners, naming my business required a lot of wrestling. Capacity Building Coaching is about helping clients build their own personal capacity - with better emotional spaces, improved thinking, healthier habits, increased assertiveness and better strategy. It’s also about increasing the capacity of your business and team by doing all of these same things at both the individual level and at the group level.One big component to increased capacity is more strategic ...  Read More...

  • Friendship

    I am an “Air Force Brat”. By the time I was 5 I had lived in a few countries. My family moved less than many military families, thankfully, but I still learned to pack up and move on.Some of that was bad and I had to unlearn.   Read More...

  • Paths to Independence

    As a Canadian living in the USA I get to celebrate Canada Day July 1 and Independence Day July 4. I’m intrigued by both the parallels and the differences those two celebrations have.Wikipedia has great little summaries:“On July 1 1867, at noon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada were proclaimed the Dominion of Canada, with John A. MacDonald its first prime minister.   Read More...

  • The Blame Game

    There are key ingredients, traits, outlooks, that enable some people to grow from feedback and personal insight and others to regress.You know some of the people that regress - they get defensive when someone points out something. They are experts at pointing the finger at multiple other people and circumstances to explain why it is not their fault. They always have a reason for why things went wrong and that reason is never their own mistake or shortcoming.You don’t have to be very old to...  Read More...

  • Creative Stress Releases

    Often one of the hardest questions I ask clients is to name the top 10 things that refresh them or “fill their tank” back up.It is rare to have someone be able to rattle off 10. Some, even with lots of encouragement, have a hard time doing so.Depending on whether you are an introvert or extrovert, what refreshes you may look drastically different. Then of course each of us is unique.What do most of us share?   Read More...

  • Tools for Difficult Conversations

    This week I’m getting to speak in Wimberley. The Chamber of Commerce is having it’s first ever small business week with a day of seminars and a day of exhibitions. The topic is difficult conversation tools so let’s chat about that that today.As I prepared for the 1-hour workshop, I started by listing what does make conversations and conflict difficult at times:Old pain and old stories that get triggeredMaking the current conflict about way bigger themes instead of what is currentGetting defensiv...  Read More...

  • Facing Fear in Texas Y'all!

    When it comes to fear in some ways I’m very fearless and in others I’m a scaredy cat. One of the highest ranked fears - public speaking - I quite enjoy. I don’t like having needles but they don’t really bother me.   Read More...

  • Influence or Manipulation?

    Baby’s do it, Moms do it, CEOs do it. The truth is, we all do it. Some of us overtly, some of us in ways we are not even conscious of.   Read More...

  • 5 Principals of Encouragement

    As a coach I have the honor of getting to hear people’s very personal thoughts, fears and insecurities. We all have them.  We also all get to experience overwhelm at times.   Read More...

  • Lessons in Celebration

    Many years ago a friend gave me a Willow Tree Angel - this one:  I love her. I think of her as “Celebration” but she is actually “Courage”. Fascinating. Courage and celebration do go together I think.   Read More...

  • Infusing FUN Into Your Day!

    Bill is Always Playing Games With Me! But I like it.  Games were an interesting part of my childhood. They brought some of my best and some of my worst memories. Now they seem to trigger this happy place (even if I’m losing).   Read More...