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Vulnerability: The Courage to Unmask Toward Our Best Self

Experiencing vulnerability is rarely a pleasant journey, but it is honest. And that honesty offers freedom to the person. Freedom to breathe in her own truth and to feel 100% acceptance of herself. It is beautiful. Even if it lasts for but a minute. It’s a doorway to her

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My Daughter’s Initiation with Racism

My daughter talks about this older Caucasian man, in a Patriot’s sweatshirt, who came abruptly to the table my mother and daughter were sitting at as they were finishing their lunch and declared, “you guys are finished and you need to leave”. Both stunned, it took my mother a bit

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Want Engagement? Show That You Notice and Care.

After my leadership workshops, individuals who approach me tend to ask one fundamental question, "how do I get my boss to notice the work I do?". A deeper question they're asking is, "how do I know if I really matter?". Each one of us who breathes wants to know we matter.

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Want Cooperation? Befriend Your Vulnerabilities

So far, none of my coaching clients have ever told me they don’t believe in cooperation. In fact, they believe collaborating with a colleague or working with another team is the right thing to do. No doubt, this is what most would say when asked. So why is true cooperation so

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Recognizing Our American Cultural Bias For “Passion”

When I coach non-Americans, especially Asians, to interview effectively for a US job, I emphasize the need to express their "passion" for their work or their "deep interest" for a potential job. Nine times out of ten, when I ask about this passion, I see Asian students searching my face, seeking

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The Organic Planner aka Accepting My Preference for Planning…or Not

I have a love-hate relationship with planning. I think it all started when I had my first job when we were all introduced to the Franklin Planner. Notating priorities, deleting done items, forwarding unfinished items. Let me be clear that I strongly endorse planning, planning systems and the like...if they

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What Matters Most

These tragedies offer observers like us the opportunity to re-assess if we are serving life, if we are living what matters most. Coupled with being close to year-end, it is indeed, a well-appointed time for reflection.

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Teamwork Essentials in the 21st Century: And It’s Not About Technology

Team effectiveness is driven more by EQ and CQ (emotional and cultural intelligence) than IQ. Why? Because it’s the interpersonal skills that will draw out the fullest intelligence of the team. Setting operating principles, protocols and clear team goals are critical processes to ensure team members from varying backgrounds and preferences

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How I Prepare and Engage in Networking – A Perspective

I've had the wonderful opportunity to support many professionals and students as they embark and improve on their professional networking. It's the one thing we know we "should" do but it's one of the most challenging things to actually do. Trust me. I know. I still have to work

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Transition – A Dance with Aspirational Anxiety

Whenever we arrive at a new opportunity, whether it's a new job, a new school or a new life situation, we all hope for the best in our new chapter. Yet, at the very same time, we feel understandable anxiety in this place of the unknown. We have leapt, but