Are you thinking of doing something completely different? Maybe starting a new career, having a child, or taking the summer off to travel?
It takes a deliberate effort to freely jump into the unknown. No one can open that door for you. Only you can! Continue reading The door to change opens from the inside
When I get annoyed, aggravated, or angry… my listening skills shut down. I focus my energy on defending my ground. I’m pretty sure the same is happening on the other side.
Continue reading If it gets emotional, shut up
This week I’m at the ODF conference in Ann Arbor, MI where I’m surrounded by professionals who design organizations for a living. It’s awesome being around Continue reading The only thing you can change is you
Have you ever met someone and wondered how they have the courage to do the things they do? Where does their energy come from? Why do they keep a positive attitude even when obstacles are everywhere?
Continue reading Surround yourself with people you admire
Deliberately selecting and being a role model defines character
We pick up mannerisms, thought processes, and behaviors from the people around us. And they pick up these things from us.
Continue reading Act 4: Role Model
How you spend your time, and who you hang around with, matters. Why? Because, it tells people what you think is important.
Continue reading Spend time wisely
When someone is silent, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not listening.
Continue reading People are listening
Can you ever restore trust, once it’s broken? The answer is maybe, but it requires swift and deliberate action by a leader.
First, acknowledge the mistake as bad judgment. Don’t make excuses. Next, lay out a roadmap for sustainable change. Do not accept status quo.
Continue reading You don’t win trust, you earn trust
Do you want people to buy into your solutions?
Start with the WIIFM. What’s in it for me? The WIIFM answers, “Why should I give my energy and time to help you achieve your goals?”. Continue reading Act 3: Connect
Yesterday I attended my first Moms Demand Action (MDA) Advocacy Day in Lansing, MI. It was not a demonstration or a bunch of angry moms screaming and yelling. It was a gathering of women and men, young and old, moms and non-moms, and everything in between coming together to learn how to have a meaningful conversation with our representatives in the state house and senate.
Continue reading Learn to say, “this is unacceptable”