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From Resign to Re-Align

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Let's Shift From Resign to Re-Align

Over the past few months, many people have asked me what my thoughts are about the Great Resignation. I have many viewpoints on this growing trend, and I have gathered a lot of insights from leaders, professionals in transition, and thought partners I have talked to recently. With people leaving their jobs in record numbers, the impact of this trend will have a long-term effect on everyone, so it is no surprise that this topic is on everyone's minds.

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The Eightfold Path: The Way of the Buddhist Leader

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I have always been intrigued by the art, the stories, and the teaching of Buddhism, but my understanding of the Buddha's teachings took on new meaning when I became a coach. As I started to open myself up to the ideas of enlightenment, I immersed myself in reading books by Pema Chodron, Matthieu Ricard, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama. I even committed to spending a month in India tracing the historic steps of Buddha in Sarnath and Varanasi.

Sarnath was the place where Siddhartha Gautama, B…

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Are You Committed to Something Bigger than Yourself?

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"A single individual driven by a purpose can change the world." – Peter Diamandis

Do you ever think about how you contribute to the world at large? You may be thinking I am only one person; what I do makes no difference in the larger scheme of thingsHow wrong you can be!

If you take a step back from the day-to-day activities of your life and you look at what you do in the context of the big picture, you can start to see something incredible. Your contribution (no matter how small) makes an i…

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Connect with your Story and Use it to Propel Yourself Forward

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"The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story." – Michael Margolis

As I started to interview people for my podcast, The Virtual Campfire, I realized how powerful our personal stories can be. Our past is not something to run away from; it is something to embrace, reconcile with, and use as a powerful lever to move us into the future. When you commit to understanding and owning your true story, you uncover things you never clearly un…

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Nothing Is As It Seems

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“Nothing Is As It seems,” to take a riff off of an old Pearl Jam song. 

It’s easy to look around and see people looking like rockstars on social media, perfectly put together on LinkedIn or like they have got it all figured out on Zoom.

But what we see on the surface can be misleading, and without really knowing the world beneath it, we can make up all kinds of stories.

This can be a huge disservice to our careers because without even realizing it, we can create separation between ourselves a…

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When The Student Is Ready

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“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” 

If you have had the right person show up at just the right time in your life to guide you to the next level, then you know how profound this is experience can be.

However, until we are truly ready for that, it can be like the movie “Groundhog Day,” where the lessons keep repeating over and over and over until we finally get it. 

On my journey to being an executive in the life sciences industry, I remember how frustrated and constrained I …

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The Productivity Paradox: Structure Creates Freedom

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"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." – Stephen Covey

When people think of freedom, they will often think of a spacious green pasture, a sailboat on a vast ocean, or someone at the peak of a mountain over an enormous expanse. In fact, go to any stock photo website, type in “freedom,” and that is pretty much what you’ll see.

But there’s a paradox here because while those images may represent freedom, it’s not what gets you there. In many ways, …

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We Are Complex Organisms Just Trying to Make Something Happen

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"The main character of any living system is openness." - Ilya Romanovich Prigogine

Have you ever been part of a group where there was one person who completely changed the dynamics? Maybe they were aggressive, or loud, or just plain old negative all the time. I am sure you have experienced this… I most definitely have.

As I have worked with leaders and their teams over the years, I have realized something fascinating related to group dynamics, and it is grounded in nature.

I have come to see …

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Amplify Your Impact

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Every once in a great while, you might meet someone who seems like they are woven from the same cloth as you. They have the same values, the same interests, and same aspirations. Sometimes these people become business partners, peers, or even BFFs.

When I invite a group of leaders together in a room, something unique happens.

They get to see themselves through each other's eyes. Through the eyes of people who truly get them, people they can trust, admire, and respect. Most importantly, you beg…

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What Frogs in Hot Water Can Teach About Thinking Again

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I recently have been inspired by the latest TED Talk from organizational psychologist Adam Grant titled "What frogs in hot water can teach about thinking again." His new book, Think Again, is fantastic (I am sure I will be featuring it in my newsletter soon). In this talk, Adam uncovers why humans are so slow to react to looming crises, like a pandemic or a warming planet. Surprise! It is because we are reluctant to rethink our thinking. From a near-disastrous hike on Panama's highest mountain t…

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