A True Story Of The Smart Woman Who Ruined Her Stupid Career (and Lived Happily Ever After)

Mar17
This timeless, intimate story delivers a profound lesson... Once upon a time, I was a very successful senior sales executive in the fashion industry. I traveled the world, made a boatload of money and was. ahem, very important.  I dined at appropriately chic restaurants, worked out at ‘The best' club in the city, dressed perpetually as though I was going on a photo shoot, and bossed people around a lot. I was not a very nice per...
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RULE #1 KEEP YOUR KNEES TOGETHER: What Women Who Lead Can Learn About Executive Presence from Kellyanne Conway

Mar03
It was the picture that went round the world in a blink of the shutter…. Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to The President, kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office. Around her stood dozens of Presidents of the HBCAU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) who were gathered round The President in what appeared to be a photo opp. From what I can see from the photo, Kellyanne is the lone white woman in the room. (Yes, it is indeed ...
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THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE ALTERNATE FACTS ON THE JOB

Feb02
“I can’t believe it! He lied to me!” This from Wendy, a long-term (and much respected) coaching client, heatedly calling me in the middle of the day. “Who lied to you?” “Angus. For six-months he’s looked me straight in the eye during our one-on-ones, and in my review, and he blatantly lied to me. I could be sick right now!” Here’s the backstory... Over the course of several months Wendy and I had rigorously positi...
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AN OPEN LETTER TO HIGH POTENTIAL, UNDERACHIEVING WOMEN

Jan05
Dear High Potential, Underachieving Friend, I’ve been wanting to have this conversation with you for quite some time but, I confess, I’ve been a wimp. I know, I know…. You see me as a powerful woman who never holds back, so I betrayed both of us, didn’t I? Please know that this letter is tinged with the embarrassment that comes with not having had the courage to confront you sooner. But wimp no more! What I’ve been wanti...
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THE UNHEARD THIRD™: How to Identify, Grow and Retain Latent Leaders

Aug26
Leaders lead. Followers follow. And then there’s The Unheard Third™: The people in the middle who, for one reason or another, fall through the leadership cracks when they’re passed through or passed over. These latent leaders are the next generation achievers whose potential has yet to, or may never be, turned into performance: Failing to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack, they just blend into the background. They’re l...
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Advance Women Now!

Aug05
She told me she felt dismissed, irrelevant, invisible. She told me she didn’t feel as though she mattered; she couldn’t recall the last time she’d been validated. She wondered what was wrong with her; what she could have done differently and what she should now do over. “She” is a leader-- a high potential senior manager who has worked for the same tech firm for the past decade. She loves her company, but she doesn’t thi...
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5 Things Smart, High Potential Women Never Do!

Jul28
  It’s one thing to have high potential, and quite another to use it! There are zillions of women with the smarts, the skills and the talent to “turn their potential into performance”™; to create a positive impact that is personally meaningful, doing what matters most to them in their work and in their lives. BUT…. (and it’s a huge one) they don’t advance. They lack the Growth Mindset, the temperament, the confi...
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Savvy, Sexy, Smart? Not on LinkedIn!

May26
Recently my 18-year-old daughter poked her head in the door of my office to let me know that she was headed out to spend time with her girlfriends. Distractedly, I looked up to say goodbye. I almost gave myself whiplash from the double take when I saw her. In place of my little girl stood a sexy, provocative, gorgeous, tiny ‘object’ dressed in skin-tight Lycra, over-the-knee heeled boots and make-up of the Kardashian kind. Talk t...
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10 Characteristics of Confident Women

May05
Michelle walked into the meeting and all heads turned. The group felt her presence before they even saw her. Slight in stature, Michelle’s head was held high, her posture straight and her eye contact direct. She took in the room, smiled at her colleagues and headed for the power seat. Then she called the meeting to order. Michelle is a supremely confident woman. But that was not always the case. Just six months prior, her manager called m...
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