life planning

  • A Funny Thing Happened on Vacation

    I have two clients who recently took a vacation. In both cases, they were intentional about harmonizing their personal and professional lives. When they returned, they shared two things. First, they were more rested, recharged, and ready for work than on any previous vacation. This newfound energy and focus can be yours too. Second, they…

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    Life Accounts

    Leadership tends to steer us toward structure. We set SMART goals. We are data-driven. We take a vision into a concrete plan we can execute with measurements, KPIs, and corrective actions. A part of me gets a warm, comfortable feeling when I think about structure. This is the beauty and strength of the left hemisphere…

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  • The Hero’s Journey

    Reconnecting with a friend from high school, I shared my all-time favorite quote by Joseph Campbell (you can read it here). As we spoke, she noted Joseph Campbell’s writing about the Hero’s* Journey. One aspect of that journey is that the hero encounters obstacles. Facing and overcoming those obstacles are essential steps in the journey…

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  • Transitions

    Our lives are filled with transitions, both planned and unplanned. I have worked with clients who are positioning themselves for success as they start a new role, and I have also helped many clients and friends deal with the transition of an unexpected job loss. With the increase in layoffs in the technology sector, the…

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  • Embodying Your Values

    Before I began working with my first formal mentee, my HR leader gave me two decks of values cards to use as an icebreaker. It worked so well that it became a ritual. Almost everyone mentee or coachee that has worked with me has spent time in the first session exploring their values. I connected…

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  • Living Heroically

    Two weeks ago, I hit an emotional high as I completed the Flying Pig Marathon in 3:12:16. That time was 7½ minutes faster than my previous personal best. I looked forward to ramping my mileage back up faster than ever, a rare two-day onsite client engagement, and a great week. Twelve hours later, I hit…

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  • Gooooooooooooooooooooooals!

    “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” – Yogi Berra. Did you set goals for 2022? Were they written down? How often did you review your progress and implement course corrections? How effectively did those goals guide your progress this year? The Importance of Goals Many of us have goals…

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  • Your Personal Board of Directors

    I have a Personal Board of Directors. It’s one of my life hacks that consistently captures people’s interest when I mention it. In a recent webinar for Practice, my coaching platform, we took a detour off the main topic because the audience was so curious about the concept. It’s a straightforward concept. The Board of Directors is a…

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  • More of What You Love

    “You are going to spend one-third of your life working. Make sure you are doing something you love.” – Harry Dietrich. I am a firm believer in the power of playing to your strengths. This week I invite you to complete a simple exercise, building upon my post on discovering our strengths. The Exercise If you are…

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  • Life is Calling

    Figuring out your calling in life may feel like a daunting task. Even if you have a sense of what that calling may be, crafting your life so that you can follow that calling is easier said than done. Two years ago, I ventured down this path. I had a sense of what was important…

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