On the Cutting Edge of Change

Extraordinary Boss as Truth Teller

Did you ever think it is better to tell just a little white lie rather than have someone be upset with you? We all have at one time or another. Then there is the opposite extreme where the truth is told in anger with judgment, blame and attack. Not pretty! What a gift to have a boss who is not afraid.. read more →

Leadership and joy

The holiday season is laden with words like, happy, merry, wonderful, and on and on. I was thinking about the word JOY and how it manifests in our lives. What does it mean when someone brings you joy? How does it feel to be joyous? Joy is often a bit of a surprise. You can’t.. read more →

Leadership means “Staying Awake”

The havoc of Storm Sandy has three levels. First, getting through the wind, rain, and snow that barreled down; next, riding the roller coaster of emotions in the days and weeks that follow; finally, addressing the long term implications of what lies in store as “the new normal”. Right now we are in phase two:.. read more →

Leadership and the need to tell all

The best leaders are those who know how to sparse out information so it is really utilized effectively. They are NOT like Arnold Schwarzenegger needing to defend, explain and justify who they are and why they do what they do to the point of nausea. Now, I am not taking sides politically yet, I do.. read more →

Mentors matter

What if you basically raised yourself? What if you were a “latch-key kid” who learned what to do and when by listening to your own intuition? What if you started your first job out of school and needed to learn how to harness your emotions and not wear them on your sleeve? Then “Effective Immediately”.. read more →

Women Leaders: We Do NOT have More Time to be Silent

Rachel Carson who wrote a book of major importance “The Silent Spring” was a GUTSY woman who spoke out about the level of toxins in our world 50 years ago. Those numbers are higher and the risk more deadly. Someone recently commented that with all the toxins in the world we are living longer so.. read more →

What do you do when you are ignored?

Did you ever sit in a restaurant and wonder if you had a snake on your head, or maybe a bird’s nest, or a mouse, or if your face had turned bright blue? You sit there and question why the server is taking so long to get to your table. It looks like everyone else.. read more →

Pattern Interrupted

It truly is all in the eyes of the beholder. I was at a business meeting and the leader of the team went on and on about a personal issue with a belligerent intern. She couldn’t believe someone so far down on the pecking order would act as if he was the CEO of the.. read more →

GUTSY Women and Attachment Parenting

Time magazine May issue started a major brouhaha that is hopefully the beginning of a great dialogue about what it means to be a parent and what children really want and need. For me, the photo of the mother and three year old son at his mother’s breast brought up the controversy from decades ago.. read more →

Review of Mother’s Day

Hey mom…did you get flowers, a potted plant, candy, a dinner at the best local eatery? Did you get a phone call? A Card? Was the communication nostalgic or trite? Was there an edge of animosity or real appreciation? Mother’s Day is a multi-layered, complex day filled with stuff that is often unsaid by both.. read more →