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WHAT 2015 WANTS TO STEAL FROM YOU
You can read What 2015 wants to steal from you  on a plain white background. The ugly purple scar on my ankle and shin is courtesy of a mountain biking accident in Utah this spring. I wish I could tell you I was attempting some daredevil feat, but my fall happened at low speed and << Read More

WHY FAILURE IS OFTEN BETTER THAN SUCCESS
Read  why failure is often better than success on a plain white background Telling children to color inside the lines is a great injustice. It crushes creativity and plants a seed that eventually grows into a toxic fear of failure. If you can’t (or won’t) color inside the lines, you’re branded as learning disabled, willful, or just << Read More

MY MOMENT WITH MAYA ANGELOU
Want to read this blog on a plain white background?  Click here for My Moment With Maya Angelou It was 2008, and it would be the last time I saw my Girl Scout colleagues as a group. Girl Scouts USA was embarking on a national merger, and by this time next year, half of the Girl << Read More

CAN YOU BE A BOMBSHELL AT 80? Some deep thoughts on beauty from a dubious source.
To read this blog on a plain white background, click on the link: CAN YOU BE A BOMBSHELL AT 80     Gloria Steinem is often remembered for her undercover work (no pun intended!) as a journalist who posed as a Playboy bunny to (ahem) expose  the exploitative working conditions of women at the Playboy Club << Read More

SHOULD WE CARE IF A RAPIST SUFFERS? WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SAY?
SHOULD WE CARE IF A RAPIST SUFFERS WHEN HE’S PUT TO DEATH? WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SAY? When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, I was just four years old; my Welsh grandmother and I watched him on a tiny television screen that was transmitting mostly << Read More

HAPPY ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S FAIL!
  HAPPY ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S FAIL! Failure:  It’s the most reviled f-word in our vocabulary. No one wants to acknowledge or experience it, yet failure is one of our greatest allies and best teachers. How much greater might our businesses and relationships be if we weren’t afraid to fail? What would our own personal world << Read More

WHO’S THE REAL G.I. JOE?
For a white person from Canada, spending Veteran’s Day on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Reservation might seem like an odd way to pay tribute to the men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in the many wars that define our history.  But that’s where I found myself on Monday, November 12, witness to << Read More

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT MAY HAVE BEEN WRONG
  Eleanor Roosevelt – a woman whose thinking was way ahead of her time — said some awesome things back in the early ‘90’s, including one statement I’ve taken to heart:  “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  I try to remember this every time fear tries to push me away from << Read More

6 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR VACATION LAST AND LAST
  A week away isn’t long enough, is it?  You spend the first 2-3 days trying to stop thinking about work/home/problems, the next 2 days actually relaxing, and then the next two feeling depressed about having to go home.  You start writing your “to do” list before you even get on the plane! It isn’t << Read More

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOURSELF!
  There’s a great line in Caddyshack where the Judge (Ted Knight) is talking to Ty (Chevy Chase).  He says, “You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself.  I mean, he’s been club champion for three years running and I’m no slouch myself.”   Chevy responds:  “Don’t sell yourself short, Judge.  You’re a tremendous << Read More

INSPIRE YOURSELF!
Number one on the Top Ten list of universal fears is public speaking (depending on what poll you consult).   Does the fact that I love it make me a weirdo?  I love public speaking so much that I never ever have to imagine the audience in their underwear, or naked, or any of the other << Read More

HOW CAN ONE WOMAN MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE?
Italy. Been there, done that.  But I didn’t buy the T-shirt, so I have to go back (like anyone would need an excuse). My first visit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At the Rockefeller’s artist retreat in Bellagio, on Lake Como in Northern Italy, I was given the most gracious introduction to the Italian way of living.  I << Read More

AT THE END OF MY ROPE — Lesson #10
Three days in the slot canyons of Southern Utah would challenge and change me in many ways for which I’m grateful, though I didn’t  feel that way at the time.  The cuts, scrapes, bruises, meltdowns, and moments of extreme self-doubt were hard to endure, but they were also transformational. I also learned the value of << Read More

BLACK HAWK DOWN: A Soldier’s story
  In honor of Veteran’s Day, we take a break from Leadership Lessons from the Edge, to take a look at leadership lessons from the ground… through the eyes of a soldier. This morning, (the day before Veteran’s Day), I sat in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, awaiting the appearance of our << Read More

ALL BETS ARE OFF — LEADERSHIP LESSON #7
      After rappelling into a tree, having a meltdown on the edge of a giant drop, being lowered via rope by a classmate I didn’t trust – I thought that Day Two in the slot canyons of southern Utah had offered up more travail than any one urbanized person should have to handle.  << Read More

Life isn’t always a do-over: LEADERSHIP LESSON 6
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all for << Read More

LEADERSHIP LESSONS 4 & 5: Fear is nothing to be afraid of
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all for << Read More

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011: LEADERSHIP LESSON #3: No, you DON’T know everything
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all for << Read More

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011. LEADERSHIP LESSON #2: SUCCUMB
  Perched over my very first intentional step off a cliff, I wasn’t sure I could do it.  Moments earlier, during my first Leadership Lesson in the canyon, the guide — Jonathan —  had given me all the training I needed to make this first rappel a success, yet fear was eating me alive.  As << Read More

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 — MAY I LEAD YOU…ASTRAY?
You’d think that after all this time I’d approach a new adventure shouting yee-HAW instead of murmuring uh-oh.  After intentionally scaring myself half to death at least 100 times and coming out of those situations alive —  I still picture the new adventure in my mind and immediately feel the butterflies in my stomach spring << Read More

AUGUST 11, 2011: The 100 Things You Must Own — ON STEROIDS!!!
There’s been a lot of lively offline discussion around “The 100 things you MUST own” blog I posted June 30. A few folks insisted that their shoes (all 240 pairs of them) counted as one item. Yet another group claimed that dishes (4 sets) counted as one item as did pots, pans and cooking implements. << Read More

June 30 — The 100 Things You MUST Own!
I admit that I’m usually out of the loop on most things. The TV’s rarely on. The radio in my car stays silent.  I didn’t even know about the world ending until the day after it was supposed to happen.  Nor did I understand why everyone snickered when I used the word “Weiner” until someone << Read More

June 9, 2011 — Running away from home
  A few years ago I dreamed about selling my house, my possessions, and heading out across country with a couple of suitcases and an open mind.  I even thought about making money along the way as a bartendress, collecting people’s stories and maybe even writing a book about them. Then I got older and << Read More