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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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  • 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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  • As a Leader, Focus on Being vs Doing

    by • on Jun 8, 11 • in Career, Leadership, Professional Development, Self Awareness, Uncategorized • with No Comments

    In this crazy, fast-paced work environment that we’re all part of it’s hard to remember that the “how’ of getting something done can be just as important as the “what”.  We are, after all, human beings not human doings. But the doing takes over doesn’t it?  We rush around trying to get it all done.  We schedule, reschedule, check email, send email and go from meeting to meeting.  At the end of the day, we look at our to-do list and wonder:  What did I get done today? I’m posing that there’s another important question

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  • Leaders Inspire Action by Asking “Why”. Why? Read on!

    by • on Feb 8, 11 • in Coaching, Creativity & Innovation, Leadership, Professional Development • with No Comments

    The other week I had a great conversation with a digital advertising industry expert, Adam Kleinberg of Traction. We shared ideas and thoughts on all sort of subjects like creativity, innovation, leadership etc.  It was an all around great conversation that left me inspired. He told me about how his recent approach of starting with “ why” had made a difference in his recent client meeting.   In fact, he  blogged about it. It reminded me of a Ted.com talk I saw by Simon Shrek that I found extremely thought provoking.   In it, Simon

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  • We are human beings, not human doings

    by • on Jul 27, 10 • in Career, Creativity & Innovation, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Self Awareness • with No Comments

    In this crazy, fast-paced work environment that we’re all part of it’s hard to remember that the “how’ of getting something done can be just as important as the “what”.  We are, after all, human beings not human doings. But the doing takes over doesn’t it?  We rush around trying to get it all done.  We schedule, reschedule, check email, send email and go from meeting to meeting.  At the end of the day, we look at our to-do list and wonder:  What did I get done today? I’m posing that there’s another important question

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  • More engagement at work…what are you waiting for?

    by • on May 27, 10 • in Career, Leadership, Professional Development • with No Comments

    The recent WSJ.com article “More Workers Start to Quit” states that “in February the number of employees voluntarily quitting surpassed the number being fired or discharged for the first time since October 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The article also indicates that the number of employees quitting could continue to grow in the coming months.   Apparently, people were waiting to see more jobs show up as possibilities before they made a move.  Makes sense.  In fact, 60% of workers said they intended to leave their jobs when the market got better &#

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  • How Often Do We Put People In a Box?

    by • on Apr 15, 10 • in Leadership, Professional Development, Self Awareness • with No Comments

    Here’s the scene: A full day workshop with 40 generation y’rs in the advertising industry in Fort Worth Texas.  We have been hired to provide training on the topics of Improving your Productivity and Supervision/Team Coaching.  My co-leader, Eve,  and I have built what we believe to be a fantastic day of learning, fun and training.  It includes a great balance of information (lecture), interactions, exercises and … well I was finally persuaded to incorporate a short body movement/dancing exercise.   Both of us being German (she more so than me as she has just moved here

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  • 3 Steps To Creating More Success in 2010: Step 1 – Reflect on 2009

    by • on Jan 5, 10 • in Coaching, Professional Development, Time & Productivity • with No Comments

    In my last article I discussed the importance of getting beyond information overload,  juggling to-do lists and managing email 24/7 , and instead beginning to identify what’s most important to you in your role, work and career. As we begin the new year,  it’s a great time to get clear on just that: What’s most important to you as a leader in your organization (or role)? If you could only do one thing to bring more success to your work/career in 2010, what would that be? What do you want to be spending more time

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  • The “Softer Side” of Leadership

    by • on Nov 23, 09 • in Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized • with No Comments

    Tough times require “softer” leaders.  Having strong emotional intelligence is critical for leadership success. In an interview with Tom Field of Information Security Media Group, I talk about how today’s senior leaders need to focus more on emotional intelligence and other “soft” qualities to be able to better recruit and retain quality employees. Questions specifically addressed are: Which “soft” skills are most important? How can managers and employees alike can change a culture to embrace these skills? Where to start to develop and nurture “softer” leaders? A few ideas and tips are shared in the transcript

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