The Howells Group Blog

Is Your “Winning Strategy” Still Winning?

As professional coaches, it’s both a privilege and a challenge to coach high performing leaders. But a common pitfall we regularly observe is all too common; the very mindsets and behaviors that propel leaders towards high achievement in one role can become a significant barrier in the way of continued success. Consider Chris. Three years in a row she was…   read more »

Use Focus & Flexibility to Reach Your Goals

 It’s that time again; time for resolutions, recommitments and gym memberships. Setting intention is good and certainly needed. But honestly, most years I over plan and under deliver. This is because more is not better and is often the enemy of achieving your most important priorities. Dorie Clark, author and coach, notes in her recent HBR article that setting too…   read more »


Summertime holds it’s own special magic, especially when you’re lucky enough to have friends with a backyard boasting an old quarry filled with a very deep, clean lake. Long evenings gathered around the fire pit with a swarm of kids in and out of the lake; it’s like a summer camp for all ages. This year, a homemade masterpiece had…   read more »

Show Up

A few years ago I was leading an organization that identified abused kids and worked to provide a safe space and community for them. Provide visionary and effective leadership for the organization AND be a meaningful relationship to kids who had survived the inconceivable. No big deal right? Be a leader and a mentor. How hard can that be? In…   read more »

Adopting a Toddler Mentality

  Showing up as a “finished product” is a pressure we all experience. As a coach and consultant, I hear it from all kinds of people in all kinds of work and life situations. And I experience it myself; trying to avoid looking “slow”, “out of touch” or “uncool”. Yet isn’t it ironic that expending so much energy to appear fully competent in everything is actually…   read more »


  The Italians have such a beautiful way with language. If two Italians were walking on one side of the road and saw something appealing on the other side one would say “attraversiamo” which literally means “let’s cross over”. It is a very lyrical way to speak of movement or transition and the symbolism is as powerful as the word is…   read more »

What Has To Change?

“The more I push, the more they complain.” I could hear my client’s frustration, he said almost giving up, “The angrier I get, the less I see in my team.” You know what’s ironic? The change we want for others, has to start with us. People around you are going to keep doing what they’ve been doing or not doing,…   read more »

The Need to Breathe

My last blog posed the question as 2015 began – “How will you flourish”?  We all have individualized approaches that help us live vibrantly and authentically. And, there are some truths that are universal.  So let’s start with one that’s crucial; breathing.  No, I’m not talking about breathing physically –  I’m talking about a different kind of oxygen –breathing for our souls. A story…   read more »

May You Flourish

What are you asking yourself as a fresh new year is about to make an appearance? What hopes, resolutions or aspirations are tucked deep in your heart that long to see the light of day? Mine are summed up in 1 heartfelt question; “how can I flourish in 2015 and help others do the same?” Flourish is a word that…   read more »

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 »