20
NOV
2019

Your Workplace "Weather Report"

I first notice the contrast in light – dark blue mountains in the background as the storm clouds grumble away – slapped into retreat by strong western sunlight.  And the lake is a blue expanse mirroring the mountains.  The foreground is bathed in the textured gold of a dry autumn...
31
OCT
2019

Ghosting in the Workplace? Employ Positivity!

Imagine you’re a recruiter contracted with a mid-sized company. You’ve throughly vetted your candidates, guided them through the interview process, and now you’re down to three; all qualified, skilled, talented, – just what the position needs.  The day of the final...
23
AUG
2019

Workplace Improv? Say YES!

What are your associations with the word “Improvisation”? Who’s Line is it Anyway?  The Groundlings?  Those Improv Everywhere videos on YouTube? Whatever the word brings to mind, it probably involves entertainment right?  It’s fun to watch people up there leaping into...
31
JUL
2019

“Perfect” Revealed as…Your Inner Critic!

I’m about to present at a conference.  I’ve done my legwork.  I’ve gotten my high impact slides sent in, I’ve gone over my visuals and my points and everything is on track to be…. Nope.  Stop. I’m not gonna to say it.  I’m not coming close to That Word.  Speaking it could jinx it...
29
JUN
2019

Tackling Addiction with the Motivational Interview

Standardized Clients help counselors develop Motivational Interview skills.
26
APR
2019

Spring: Time 2 Plant a Pod!

I’ve been intrigued for some time with podcasting.  I’m very taken with the potential to broadcast powerful true stories via audio flash and human imagination.  Some of my favorites include The Hidden Brain and RadioLab; specifically, the kinds of stories they tell, and...
22
MAR
2019

Radical Compassion – What the World Needs NOW

I relished the chance to be a Pecha Kucha presenter last month, (bucket list!) and the night’s theme “Radical Compassion” is sticking with me.  Compassion meaning:  understanding, empathy, “the desire to alleviate suffering”.  But what’s with the “Radical”? ...
17
FEB
2019

Speaker Op in YOUR Neighborhood!

I’ve been on the board of my local Pecha Kucha for a number of years now, and I’m finally taking the plunge to do one!  Not familiar with Pecha Kucha?  Think TED talk meets Twitter – Each presenter tells a story with 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide – total...
09
JAN
2019

Changing Your Mind in 2019

How can we Build a Shared Reality in a Fractured World? ’Twas the Season.  Many of us made the journey home to reconnect with our family of origins…. and all the relational baggage that implies.  Some of us were lucky to get back on the plane without having had a...
08
NOV
2018

The He(ART) of Marketing

I made myself indulge in something called a “mini-collage color workshop” last month.  It wasn’t easy.  And I’m not even that comfortable writing about it here.  I had to drive over an hour to get there and sacrificed half a tank of gas to participate.  But what can I say?  I was...
04
SEP
2018

With THIS Asset, Women Candidates Can Win!

More women candidates are running for office than ever before. The Washington Post calls 2018 “A Leap Forward for Women”, and it’s about time. But we’ve been here before.  It’s one thing to run, it’s another to win. Like many women in this country, I’m hoping to be WOWed,...
28
JAN
2017

The Costs of Continuous Partial Attention

As Americans, we aren’t big on reflection.  Mulling over the impacts of our often impetuous and impulsive decisions isn’t our thing.  We see ourselves as risk-takers, pioneers, self-made individualists embracing the New, the Now, the Loud, the Louder.  We’re an ADHD...