Personal Development

Make Your LinkedIn Profile More Compelling

You are likely embarking on the 2018 spring busy season. As you enter this compressed work period, you may be challenged to maintain your business development momentum. One idea that takes very little physical time is to stay active on LinkedIn by posting a few times a week, checking out what’s new with your network […]
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You Set Your Goals, Then Busy Season Happens…

Accounting and tax professionals call this time of the year the “busy season.”  But since we’re chronically busy year round, shouldn’t January through April actually be referred to as the “busier season?”  One thing I know for sure:  when it comes to working and progressing on our personal and professional goals, busy season is an […]
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5 Strategies to Slow Down

Shortly after high school graduation (many moons ago), I moved from my hometown in Omaha, Nebraska to the “Wild West.” I was hypnotized by the towering mountains, the “lost” lakes, and the ever-steady pace of the Cowboy way. I rushed out to register for college courses, join clubs, find a job, meet new people, and […]
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18 Ideas To Become More Focused in 2018

Welcome, 2018! The start of a new year brings with it a fresh perspective. A chance to center yourself and refocus your priorities. At the close of 2017, my colleague Tamera Loerzel and I taught a webinar for a client on effectively managing time and priorities. Like many other personal productivity and success strategies, time […]
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The Miracle of the Season

Lights sparkling on houses and street corners. Candles burning in windows and on the mantle. Gifts creating anticipation for the young and not so young. I think the magic of the holiday season sparks a little more excitement and wonder and gives us an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings as we close another […]
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Moving from Scarcity to Abundance

When I think of abundance, I see my father’s garden in the Springtime.  Fruits and vegetables that I helped plant before the ground was cold and crusty that mature and fill with color and new life.  Scarcity in the garden is an invisible quality.  The garden is a metaphor for how life works in creating […]
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Give Up These (BAD) Verbal Habits!

Communication continually comes up in employee surveys as a top area firms can improve and it’s often an area that leaders can improve individually, too. When we coach leaders in our leadership development programs and individual coaching programs, we often identify sneaky and unempowering verbal habits that, when addressed, can dramatically improve how others perceive […]
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Count Your Many Blessings

“The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.” – Unknown This year’s hurricanes, floods, fires, and mass shootings have been a sobering reminder of how easily lives can be impacted and changed.  Thanksgiving provides each of us an opportunity to take stock and recognize that we are so very blessed — […]
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Pull Your Projects out of the Black Hole

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over…” ~ Steve Maraboli Do you ever feel like your projects have fallen into a black hole? You might be delegating them to a particular person, or putting a return “in the drawer”, or empowering a team […]
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My Biggest Cheerleader – My Dad

My Dad passed away this Labor Day after a long battle with prostate cancer. My stepmom, Diane, asked me to give his eulogy and as I reflected on what to say, I realized that my Dad was one of my biggest cheerleaders in life. I think we all can use more cheerleaders in our corner, […]
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I’m Not Getting Older, I’m Getting Faster

It’s my birthday today, which is always a wonderful time for reflection.  As I “age up,” I renew my commitment to undertake behaviors that will allow me to be Younger Next Year – the title of a great book that I recommend to all.  As a runner, you’re said to lose a little time on […]
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Three Keys To A Safe And Inclusive Environment

I’m confronted by the major news story centered around a senior leader who engaged in unacceptable behaviors across two decades. It’s resulted in a cascade of additional victims sharing their own experiences with the same type of bad behavior – some directly related to the organization in question and others related to their own experiences […]
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Three Keys to Being Your True Self

I have recently moved from student to teacher in the culmination of years of dreaming and hard work.  In my first-ever semester as an adjunct professor for my alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, I have managed some nerves while balancing a lot of excitement. I have envisioned how each week will play out, how the […]
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Four Steps to Faster People Development

“Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.” — Henry Mintzberg With the Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) retiring at a clip of 10,000 per day, the skills transfer necessary to get the next generation ready to take over the reins is monumental. Most leaders have a limited amount of time available […]
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Stop Telling Us To Put Our Phones Away!

I once went an entire week without my cell phone. I was one hour into a 9-hour drive to the mountains with my family when I realized I had left my phone at home. My mom so graciously offered to turn our car around so that I could retrieve it, but the idea of delaying […]
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Invest in Your People with Intentionality

I have recently started tuning out the noise of the political discourse when watching the evening news clips. I find myself asking how we got here and in turn how we have an educated, successful business man elected as president, who does not seem to relate to the people of our great country. I can’t […]
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Succession is EVERYWHERE – Even in a Disney Movie!

Earlier this summer, I thought I’d take a little break from all my spring travel by enjoying a Disney movie with my son. I thought I would get a reprieve from all the discussions around succession planning, current leaders struggling to let go and future leaders yearning to be empowered to drive new change in […]
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Assigning Ownership Accelerates Your People Development

With so much transition and retirement happening in public accounting, people development is a hot topic. Firms are wondering what they can do to accelerate their team member’s learning and get them ready faster, and are creating innovative new training programs to do so. But there’s a missing component in our dotted line environment, where […]
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Elevate Your Presence, Perform Better

Something I’ve been focusing on for the past year and a half is on being more present. Being in the moment of what’s happening in my life at any given time. I’ll often catch myself either thinking about what’s next or what’s in the past, causing me to detach from the “right now” and sometimes […]
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We Don’t Have All the Time In the World

This week I had my six-month dental check-up. Laying in the chair with the light in my eyes and various dental “paraphernalia” in my mouth, I discovered that the dental chair is a good place for reflecting back on the past six months and looking ahead to the next six. “How’s your summer?” asked Kathy, […]
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