Thursday, November 29, 2012

Keep your Emotions in Check

For me this is one of the hardest things to do. I tend to be an emotional person. That is great when the emotions are positive, uplifting and constructive. It is not so good when my emotions go south with judgment, anger and fear. Where my emotions go, my actions tend to follow. Gulp.
The wisdom gained from heartache and loss of trust over the years is that any act out of desperation rarely plays out well.

Keep your emotions in check to keep your credibility.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Isn’t that a great word? It made me smile when I read it. Lavish sounds so decadent. What is wrong with a bit of decadence? Absolutely nothing!
Lavish yourself with encouragement! Lavish yourself by hiring the best. Lavish yourself by surrounding yourself with great role models. Lavish yourself with praise for everything you have done right.

Lavish others with encouragement and affirmations! Lavish others with accolades for a job well done. Lavish others with acceptance so they can focus their energy on developing and using their talents to soar past the competition.

And guess what? You’ll be lavished with an engaged and motivated workforce that achieves the extraordinary!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Trust Remains a Must!

On a recent consulting engagement, I was again reminded of the devastation caused by lack of trust. The collateral damage impacts both the business and the individuals. Results plummet, collaboration stops, innovation ceases, fulfillment disappears, morale in the toilet bowl, credibility lost, confidence erased and more bad news.
The “more” includes the spark and flame of spirit almost extinguished. When the spark is gone, so is the positive constructive energy needed for excellence and success.

Keep the spark alive. Be trustworthy! Take the high road no matter what. Be the glowing example of spirit and greatness!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Enjoy Today!

You just never know what life is going to bring you. I received an email from a girlfriend today that her mother-in-law, Anna, had a severe case of dementia. In less than a week, Anna had gone from a fully functioning woman to a basket case. She apparently was accusing everyone of stealing from her, did not know those dear to her and was running around screaming. Whew!
It made me reflect on the near misses I have had in life and by grace, I am still here. It made me think of all the opportunities for joy I postponed because of something more stressful and pressing. Hmmm, maybe those things would not have been so stressful if I had had more joy in my life?

Smiling now, this is a lot like my “Have More Fun!” blog. I see a theme.

Smile more! Enjoy more! Be here and happy!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dare to be Greater

Please learn from my mistakes. It’s okay to ask for help -- to allow others to help you. Got it!
For way too many years I did it alone. I was a trailblazer for women and Latinas in the workplace. I fought the good fight. Because I thought it had to be hard, I made it harder. Pretty exhausting. Pretty lonely.
Now that I have opened myself up to asking for help and receiving help, my business and life have skyrocketed. It’s okay for me not to know. It’s okay to use all my brains and the brains of anyone else I can as an American president once said.
I am greater and stronger with others.
Allow yourself to soar to new heights of excellence with the help of others!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Listen More

Recently I was de-briefing a couple of VPs and their staff. One leader listened, asked questions and challenged me. Good for him. We dove deeper into the findings and possible actions forward. The other VP reacted and pontificated on most comments wasting precious limited time. It was as if he was proving, defending himself when in fact he has nothing to prove or defend.
It made me reflect on when I am still “proving” myself versus listening, seeking input and gaining understanding for an improved outcome and solution.
Do you tend to listen or defend?

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Thursday, November 1, 2012


From my experiences across business and life I have observed that decisions made in desperation don’t usually work out well.
If a situation is exasperating, breathe. Breathe some more. Go deeper.
What is at the root of the desperation? What is the fear?
While it can be frightening to go deeper at times, deeper is where better decisions and greatness lies.

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