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    When the unrelenting flood of harassment revelations broke loose last October, I felt horror, disgust, and disbelief at the extent of the abuse and criminal acts. Then, I felt that hot, white anger grip me, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it all. What would my response be? How could I make a difference? And I started to…   read more »

    5 Essential Steps to Become a High Hope Leader

    On August 5th, 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground when their mine collapsed. The falling rock that blocked their escape was as big as the Empire State building. Chances of survival seemed highly improbable. Sophisticated equipment, skilled operators and a lot of luck were critical for even a dim chance of escape. Thankfully leaders emerged above and below…   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 »

    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 »