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  • What’s the Buzz About Employee Engagement? Turns out that if you’re happy and you know it, that helps.

    by • on Dec 19, 14 • in Happiness, Leadership, Productivity, Teams • with No Comments

    In 2014’s last issue of INC., there is an extensively reported article about employee engagement that concludes with “So don’t worry about employee engagement.” It’s funny and ironic, in an article about one of the buzziest words in business, to basically say…. on second thought never mind… But the point INC. is making is one I completely agree with: Engagement is such a big and formless concept at this point that we need to whittle it down to more manageable, more human, practices and principles. Sure, employee engagement is an important field of research in

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  • The Future of Leadership Traits: Are they inherently feminine?

    by • on Nov 20, 14 • in Coaching, Leadership • with No Comments

    Why is a man lecturing a roomful of women about feminine leadership traits? I was at the 3% Conference:  in San Francisco, a diversity gathering named for the dismal fact that only three percent of creative directors in advertising are women—though woman are estimated to control roughly 80 percent of household spending—and I couldn’t help but feel resistant to what I was sure was to be an old-paradigm “toughen up, ladies” motivational speech. But what John Gerzema had to say during his keynote “Athena Doctrine: 64,000 People Can’t Be Wrong” not only opened me up

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  • Does Your Brain Need a Vacation?

    by • on Apr 23, 13 • in Career, Coaching, Productivity, Professional Development, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    It was nearly 80 degrees in the city of San Francisco yesterday.  As one person mentioned in our phone call, “it’s one of about 5 days a year where you want air conditioning in San Francisco”.  I worked from my home office all-day and felt the warmth come in through the window.  Ah… summer is on its way. Then the thought that followed it closely was:  Wait, what happened to Spring?  When did we even shift to Spring? As a kid growing up in Minnesota, the first signs of spring were a big deal!  We

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  • Kraft Your Success by Staying True to your Vision

    by • on Apr 2, 13 • in Career, Leadership, Vision • with No Comments

    A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of attending the Wisdom 2.0 conference.  Wow!  What a powerful 4 days of thought leaders brought together around a common purpose and interest:  To explore how we can live with mindfulness, wisdom and compassion in the technological age.  I have attended Wisdom 2.0 for the past 3 years and yet this year seemed like a tipping point.  From a sheer numbers standpoint, the conference grew from 600-1700 which to me suggests the continued growing importance that people in organizations see in approaching business and leadership in

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  • [Link] Kraft Your Success by Increasing your Meaning Quotient

    by • on Mar 11, 13 • in Happiness, Professional Development, Work You Love

    What gives you meaning at work? It’s a big question, yes.  But I believe it’s one of the most important. Check out this interesting piece from McKinsey.  It’s no longer just about IQ or EQ (Emotional Intelligence), but they suggest it’s about MQ (Meaning quotient)...

  • Kraft Your Success by Leveraging Your Strengths

    by • on Oct 24, 12 • in Career, Career Coaching, Career Transition, Coaching, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized • with No Comments

    “What are 3 things you do really well that differentiate you from others?” I asked my client last week.   She is in a sales position in a technology company and is in the process of working toward a new leadership role.   We were discussing how to improve her executive presence. “I don’t know” she said and then caught herself because she knows that the next question I’ll ask her is “well, if you did know, what would at least one of them be”?  She laughs and reframes.  “I’ve always had solid relationships with my clients. 

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  • Kraft Your Success by Proactively Designing Your Career Path

    by • on Jan 17, 12 • in Career, Career Coaching, Career Transition, Coaching, Professional Development • with No Comments

    Proactively Design Your Career Path Career Resolutions:  What’s on your list? by Adriana Trevino, Kraft Your Success Partner   The beginning of a new year is often a time when people reflect on the past year and make one or multiple resolutions.  Some familiar themes are related to health such as exercising more (I have to wake-up at what time to work out…4:30 a.m now?!), losing weight (ugh, still?!), or moderating the consumption of our favorite indulgences such as chocolate, beer, wine, or sugary lattes (Booooooo!).  Some people have elected more creative solutions such as

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  • Prepare for What’s Wanting to Happen!

    by • on Dec 22, 11 • in Uncategorized • with No Comments

    What a year it has been for many of us!  As with every year, I take a look at the year in review – the wins, gains, losses and disappointments – and most importantly, the lessons learned.   From a business perspective, 2011 has been a big year for us at Kraft Your Success.  We have new partnerships, new opportunities and a whole host of fantastic new clients.  Most importantly, I feel grateful for being able to do the work that I love and continuing to expand the vision of success that I see for

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  • Kraft Your Success by Starting Now!

    by • on Oct 14, 11 • in Coaching, Leadership, Productivity, Professional Development, Self Awareness, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    Last week I had a meeting with a client who is challenged with something that many of us have in the current work environment:  difficult time focusing and getting all the work done.  Our development plan is to helping her with focus, clarity and simplicity in her approach to her performance, career goals and aspirations. One of the methods that I suggest, and have also used personally, is to work in 90 minute intervals.  This is something that I learned from a great book “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working” by Tony Schwartz.The next day

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  • Kraft Your Success by Identifying What’s Really Important to You

    by • on Sep 6, 11 • in Career, Coaching, Leadership, Productivity, Professional Development, Time & Productivity, Uncategorized • with No Comments

    A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Professional Business Women of California (PBWC) on the subject of “Maximizing Productivity – Identifying What’s Really Important to You and Creating the Time and Space to Make it Happen” To my amazement and honor, nearly 1,400 people showed up! Earlier this week I sat down to focus on the first essential part:  “Identifying What’s Really Important to You”.  As I was thinking about how I work with clients and teams to help define what’s important to them, I got a

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