The Howells Group Blog

Happy Thanksgiving

Gathered with family at the blustery Oregon coast on Thanksgiving day, my heart is full. As I watch the ocean churn, savor the smells and laughter in the kitchen, it’s easy to feel grateful. But gratitude is a practice more than an inherited trait. And the benefits are plentiful. So I send my gratitude out to God, family and friends…   read more »

Walking the Tightrope

  When teaching leaders about the need to become highly effective influencers, somebody inevitably asks me the following question:  “When does influence become manipulation”? It’s a fair and important question, because influence can easily lapse into manipulation, and any of us can quickly fall off that “tightrope” as we walk the fine line between the two. Let’s look at definitions…   read more »

Join me October 2nd for a great cause!

I’m truly excited to extend a personal invitation to have you join me in becoming part of Women Who Lead for Women in Need.  Our passion is to make a significant difference in the lives of homeless women and their children! Homelessness for women and children is a critical issue in our Portland Metropolitan area. Homelessness among women, who are often mothers, has risen 22%…   read more »

Top 5 Traits of Leadership Presence

What does it mean to have a powerful presence as a leader? How do you know if you have it? Read on for the 5 top traits shown by those who are “the real deal” when it comes to leadership presence…     Download PDF:  Top 5 Traits of Leadership Presence_The Howells Group, Inc.

Challenge Your Habits

  A few days ago I woke up. Gratefully, I do this every day. But that day , I found myself wide awake at 3:30am. Usually, I would groan, try to go back to sleep all the while bemoaning the fact I was awake so early. Instead, I got up quietly and went through my morning routine; including a nice…   read more »

4 Tips for Powerful Presentations

Looking to polish your presentation skills?  Check out these 4  simple strategies you can apply immediately to be more powerful and effective in any setting!

Three Practices to Fight the “Scarcity” Mindset

  Even though we live in the richest country in the world, having a ” scarcity mindset” is common. The root of scarcity is not facts –  it’s fear ; fear of “not having enough”,fear of  not being in control and of things we can’t control, fear of being needy and even a fear of having to rely on others….   read more »

Career Accelerator #4 Traveling Partners

Traveling Partners to Accelerate Your Career So much of our American culture makes me proud; the pure grit, inventiveness and  desire ( though not yet fully realized ) to allow every individual to flourish. But when it comes to our careers, rugged individualism is a myth. When I look at my journey, it’s so clear that I stand on the…   read more »

A Dream Achieved

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”.  – Michelangelo Nearly a month ago I graduated; at 58 I walked across the stage at commencement and received my Masters Degree. It was a dream I wasn’t sure I could ever…   read more »

Career Accelerator #2 Making a Map

  In my last post I shared the crucial need for each of us to have our own personal compass to navigate the terrain of a career transitions. Our personal values and strengths form a reliable compass which helps us to make the trek successfully. But finding your ideal career fit also requires an updated “map” that defines the terrain….   read more »