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    Clarifying Conversations: Master the Art of Fact-Based Living

Clarifying Conversations: Master the Art of Fact-Based Living

I recently had the privilege of hearing a presentation by Ron Karr, President of the National Speakers Association.   During his workshop, he had us do an exercise that quickly illustrated why we often have difficulty with our communication.  He gave us a seemingly simple word – race – and asked us to write down 10 […]

Do You Fear the Volcano Effect?

So many of my clients struggle with speaking up when they need to.  And time and time again it comes down to staying quiet out of fear. People in their lives have been loud and angry.  Or, they have had periodic bouts of angry spewing themselves.  The resulting fear of voluminous communication stops them in […]

Tell Them What You Want! It Really Could Be That Simple.

Some of the solutions I help clients through could really be very simple; however, we have this tendency to get in our own way sometimes.  Recently I spent yet another session working with a new client who is frustrated with his team.  “They won’t do what I need them to do.  They are professionals.  They […]

You are the Worst!

Did this title make you feel angry or defensive?  How dare I?  I wonder, though, how often are you telling yourself this very thing?

Maybe not in those exact words but do any of these sound familiar?

You can’t get anything right!
You are so stupid!
You are ugly!
Your butt is way too big!
You are so lazy!
Just give up! […]

What Do You Do in the Gap?

In every relationship, including those at work, we have expectations. We expect others to act a certain way, respond to situations the way we’d like, care about the same things we care about. If you are someone who sets the bar high for yourself, chances are you also set it high for the people you share your work and life with. The problem is

Team Norms: What are Yours?

A norm is an often unstated rule that governs how people act in a group. New members of a team usually learn the norms through observation or trial and error. These norms can work for your business or against it. Left to their own devices, teams can become toxic, aka drama-filled! An employee arrives in a bad mood. The group norm is to complain and whine about everything. Perfect! He or she fits right in! Even a new employee who starts off with high energy can get sucked in and turn sour.

Leadership Lessons from a Climbing Adventure – Part 5 in a Series

It’s always fun to revisit an activity like that after years. You find that you have a whole new perspective. I am at a very different place in my life than I was when I last strapped those shoes on and tightened that harness.

I guess that I must still feel pretty at ease way up the wall because my mind was on more than where I would put my foot or hand next. I couldn’t help but think about how many analogies there are to make between climbing and leadership.
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Leadership Lessons from a Climbing Adventure – Part 4 in a Series

I went rock climbing recently. It was a ball! I used to make time for it consistently and hope to make it more of a priority again.

It’s always fun to revisit an activity like that after years. You find that you have a whole new perspective. I am at a very different place in […]

Remove Your Junk and Be Who You Were Meant to Be!!

What barriers stand in the way of your being who you were meant to be and doing what you were meant to do? Kirsten explores some common barriers.

A Life of Punctuation Marks

Being divorced you might not expect that I’d be the best advocate for couples working to keep a marriage together. But, it is what I REALLY believe in! It’s what I am passionate about helping people achieve. It’s what I still long for in my own life. We are meant to live locked in relationship.