A presidential election year creates an opportunity for a Washington Beltway ex-pat living in Southern California to have a lot of interesting conversations. With California’s presidential primary upon us, hardly a day goes by without someone asking me what the heck is going on with this presidential election and why it has gone so wrong. … Continue reading In Politics, Leadership is Only as Strong as Its Constituents

Creating the best job for you is not a pipe dream or only for the lucky few. We have much more ability to create an ideal fit than most of us realize. Leaders lead lives of impact and meaning because they know whom they are and what they want to contribute. Tweet this thought! All … Continue reading Looking for your Dream Job? “Wrong” Turns Could Lead You in the Right Direction

Having worked in financial services for more than 20 years, I have been exposed to a myriad of leadership training and development opportunities over the course of my career, as senior management sought to retain and develop me as a ‘high potential female.’  None of them was ever as targeted, insightful or impactful as the … Continue reading Warning: May Result in Life and Career Changes

Success is all about people, people. Whatever business a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage—Richard Branson It is no secret in the information age that people are a company’s greatest asset, yet most organizations continue to operate as if employees are expendable, replaceable and lack ideas on how to deliver the products … Continue reading If You Can’t Lead You Can’t Succeed

We’ve all been there. The well intentioned get together with a group who aspires to do better. It could be in starting a new project with work colleagues or a volunteer organization getting ready for a new year, whatever the setting the experience is familiar—an earnest trainer brought in to lead the group on setting … Continue reading Choosing to Lead is the Only Way Organizations Work

My career is dedicated to the passionate cultivation of leadership excellence. During my two-plus decades of study, practice and innovation on the subject, I believe now more than ever the choice to lead is an imperative for our future success—individually and collectively. When a colleague passed along a recent blog about Stanford Professor, Jeffrey Pfeffer’s … Continue reading Why Choose to Lead?

There are the moments in life when we experience “being in the zone.”  It might be the perfect golf swing that lands the tiny white ball in the middle of a luscious green fairway.  It could be a sales pitch where the words fall effortlessly from our mouth at the right time and with the perfect tone … Continue reading Being A Better Person

As summer has ended and rolled into fall, the headlines are filled with much disturbing news from around the globe. Domestic violence among elite athletes, terrorist groups broadcasting atrocities, heads of state fanning the flames of war, the continued spectacle of the dysfunctional American political system, draught, earthquakes and hurricanes. It is enough to make … Continue reading Where Have All the Leaders Gone?