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I'm a little sister.  My older sister was super cool. She knew stuff. Kids in the neighborhood followed her around. My cousins liked her ideas way more than mine. She was the natural leader whenever there was a group of kids around. I never seemed to fit in as a young...

I've been speaking about the distinction between serving and pleasing at different events last week, and I've been questioned repeatedly if I think women are conditioned to be people pleasers. Since I am not a social scientist, I can't answer this with reams of data an...

That's right. I'm downright pissed. A person I love and adore has cancer. Again. Her prognosis isn't good. She's in pain. She's hurting. She's scared. And I can't do anything to stop any of it. I can't seem to feel anything other than anger. The old me would be judging...

Go on! Grab one! Look into it. Maybe I am cranky, or PMS-ing, or just plain ornery but I am tired of hearing how "they" are making things worse. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, "no one can make you feel inferior without your consent". To all of us who are feeling beat...

My biggest fear is how I am judged by others. Sure, I have other fears, like running out of money, being hit by a tornado, or getting in a car accident, but the one that I carry with me each and every day is the one regarding how I'm perceived by others. In fact, I hav...

I feel like I have a gift for finding ironies. For example, I want people to think I'm smart, so I share that I have an engineering degree and an MBA (see, I'm doing it again!). The irony: if I have to tell people I am smart, then how smart am I, really? I want to be a...

Lately, I have been finding myself being much more sensitive to claustrophobia. Normally, I don't panic unless I am in a cave underground (i.e. the ones in Chilton, WI) or during an MRI. As I found myself panicking in situations that didn't used to trigger my claustrop...

I'm sitting in this question as I reflect on a conversation from the last night. My teenage daughter goes to a special school in a different state, and I am going to visit her next weekend. We were talking on the phone last night, and I asked what she wanted to do duri...

I was reminded again when I fear not being good enough that I will offset this by coming on strong. Last week, I made a pitch to a client for additional work. My client had asked me for one thing, and I had offered something different. I was feeling nervous about not c...

Organizational health and culture fitness are today's low hanging fruit for most businesses. While strategy and marketing efforts are important, it's difficult to gain a competitive advantage over others in an age where information is readily available to everyone. Kno...

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