How to Manage Other People’s Frantic Energy

This past week found me traveling by airplane, an experience of technological wonder. And, inarguably, a bit of an energetic mess. The airport itself is no better, and the security line on the day of my departing flight was especially frantic. Picture, if you will, the following scene all around me… …wild-eyed people ripping metal off their bodies and t...
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Why We All Should Stop Freaking Out

I freaked out the other day. In fact, I freaked out a few times…all due to a chain of events within about two hours. If you know me, you know that my freak-outs can be a bit...dramatic. It went something like this: First, I answered one last email before leaving the office and made myself late for a meeting with a client Then, I made a pit-stop on the w...
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Our Perfect Excuse for Staying Miserable

Recently I was at a conference and met a woman from Orlando…who hated Orlando. Her name was Abby, and she wasted no time in telling me why Orlando was such a terrible place to live. (For readers hailing from Orlando, please note this was just one person’s opinion – and certainly not the opinion of this writer. After all, how could someone not love the happi...
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My Unexpected Lesson at 15,000 Feet

I begin today’s post with a brief tale...of what could’ve been a foul, horrific experience for us all. It happened early on during a flight home on Southwest. Just as we got to about 15,000 feet, a man a few rows in front of me (in Row #3 to be exact) well…let's just say he lost his breakfast. Loudly. With no bag in sight to catch anything. It went somethi...
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How to Be Awesome

A few weeks ago found me lunching with a new group of women. These women were powerful. They could connect me to potential clients, potential opportunities. They were also perfectly polished. Their nails, their teeth, their hair…all perfect. They spoke in high, delightful voices. Their laughter tinkled like bells. It was like I was part of a show filled wi...
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What Attraction is REALLY About

Recently I learned another – humbling – leadership lesson. It taught me a thing or two about what really attracts people…to us as individuals and leaders, and to our organizations. I begin with a spoiler alert: Despite what we hear every day, attraction isn’t about our perfect outfit, our fancy new car or our carefully styled new hair-do. Attraction - true...
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