Leading From the Bench

Do you remember the John Fogarty song, Centerfield? It goes like this... "Oh, put me in, coach, I'm ready to play today. Put me in, coach, I'm ready to play, today. Look at me, I can be centerfield." If you grew up hearing that song (like I did), at some point in your career you might have had the urge…
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Does This Spark Joy?

This week I've been sparked to assess and discard games, puzzles, old paint cans, decorations from assorted holidays, old coffee pots and ignored camping gear from an area of our home that's been easier to avoid than organize. What motivated this burst of energy? I've been reading, and frankly, talking back to, Marie Kondo's book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying…
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Why Have a Coach?

There are many ways to explain what a coach does and the benefits that clients gain. Read on for a definition, a visual metaphor, a soccer analogy, and a description of how I approach coaching! If you've got another way of describing the benefits you provide as a coach or that you've gained as a client, feel free to share…
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An Excuse I’m Not Buying

"Nobody does anything in December! I'm waiting until next year to take action." Nothing happens in December?! That's an excuse I'm just not buying! If you're considering a career transition or a job change, the best time to start is now! If you'd like to give yourself more time to ease into the transition due to family, work and social…
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Hello December!

New Year's resolutions are a good tool for thinking about what you really want to achieve in life. But for the most part, they're not highly effective. I'm a bigger fan of monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly goals. Why give all that power to January 1st? After all, it's just 24 hours out of the 8,760 that we've got…
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Persistence – Cultivating the Skills and Talents That Lead to Greater Impact

I’ve been thinking about the power of persistence and how cultivating your skills and talents will always lead to greater impact. Meryl Streep and Madonna were both recently celebrated for a lifetime of incredible work. To stay at the forefront of acting and music and influence our culture along the way, they’ve persistently cultivated new skills. They both talk about…
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Ten Ever Better Practices From Ten Podcast Guests

My first ten Ever Better Podcast guests are dynamic men and women who live inspiring, joyful and daring lives. They shared their personal practices for continuous improvement and I've captured their key takeaways below. You'll find links to their podcast episodes so that you can readily learn more about each person and their practices.
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What’s a podcast and why would I listen?

What interests you? Have you taken the time to ask yourself that question lately? Are you striving each day to be ever better? With podcasts you can explore your interests on your own schedule anywhere you happen to be. If you have an iPhone, iPad or other Apple device, take a few minutes to browse iTunes. If you have another type…
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Ever Better: The Journey

Over a year ago, I began writing Ever Better: Five Sources for Personal Growth, Happiness, and Confidence to share ideas and resources for staying positive, optimistic and forward-thinking. I had completed my outline, planned out my project and was on track to finish my eBook within twelve weeks. But then…I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 1 in 8 women…
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Should I Introduce You?

I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their life experiences. I seek out challenges each day and practice continuous learning. So when the radiologist called to report that my breast biopsy revealed cancer, I approached it as the most important research project of my life. I dove into networking, something I enjoy in my daily personal and professional life.…
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