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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

THE UPSIDE TO “OOPS!”
  Want to read this blog on a plain white background?  Click here for The Upside to OOPS The Upside to OOPS So what would you tell your 18-year-old self if you could go back in time with the wisdom of your current now? That’s the question that was posed recently to dozens of women who came to the << 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

THE GUIDANCE OF PAIN
  True stories:  a little boy decides to show off for his friends by jumping off the first-floor roof of his house.  He does.  He gets up and says he’s fine but dies the next day from internal bleeding. A teenage girl is in the kitchen stirring ramen noodles on the stove when the spoon << Read More

THE ONLY QUESTION WORTH ASKING
  THE ONLY QUESTION WORTH ASKING I keep way too much stuff around for way too long, thinking that perhaps that old textbook or travel brochure will come in handy someday.  Thus, I have accumulated untold numbers of training booklets, leadership manuals, strategic planning templates, and personnel do’s/don’ts from a 20 year career in the << 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

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES…Turn and face the strange
June 21 was the official first-day-of-summer. The mercury rose to 100F in Charlotte, NC, and in Sidney, British Columbia, my youngest sister turned 50.  (Happy Birthday, Karen!) Transitions. I never thought I would say, “my youngest sister turned 50.”  I prefer saying, “my older sister turned 56.”  In fact, I’m quite sure that the bell-bottomed, << Read More

NEED A NEW PERSPECTIVE? GET HIGH!
I’ll never look at a tree the same way again. Inspired by Adventurista Alex’s story of tree climbing (posted on this website), I decided to give it a try.  At Blue Ridge Tree Climbing in Virginia, I reported for Tree Climbing 101 with Bob Wray and his three coaches:  Big Foot, Luke and Jake.   << Read More

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LONELY
  If I had one wish for myself, it would be this:  the ability to speak and understand every language in the world.  It’s a wish I’ve had for some time.  I wasn’t altogether sure why, but now I think I know (and it’s not because I’d be able to watch foreign films without subtitles, << Read More

WHAT FREEDOM FEELS LIKE…
  Since leaving my job and former management career, I’ve received bundles of well-wishes, and the one question on top of everyone’s list is:  So what does freedom feel like? I could tell you everything freedom is free of:  rush hour traffic, alarm clocks, politics, subjugation, forced diplomacy, meetings, mountains of email…but you know that << 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

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 8, 2011: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE EDGE. LESSON #1 — HUMILITY
  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 << Read More

Which is More Likely to be Right: A Monkey with a Typewriter or a GPS?
Anyone who knows me well knows that one of my endearing qualities is that I like to be right.  Oh, I’ll admit when I’m wrong (eventually). It just doesn’t happen very often.  But as a public service I must confess my latest gaffe, especially if it will help just one other person avoid going down << Read More