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Cubic Centimeter of Chance

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.“ ~ Andre Gide Greetings! As some of you know, I’ve been threatening to publish a newsletter for awhile now, and the threat has become reality. The purpose is to pass along some thoughts that may be […]

Creativity vs. Productivity

“Think outside the box!” “Let’s be really creative about this!” “And let’s do it in the next 20 minutes.” Entire books are written about being maximally productive and efficient, and managing time well. Hey, I’ve written lots of stuff about those topics! Ditto for creativity. But what I’m discovering, with myself, and with some of […]

Creating and Hitting Powerful Goals

Those of you who have worked with me, or who have read this newsletter for any period of time, know that a cornerstone of my coaching work is forward movement. Creating and hitting powerful goals is a foundational practice for moving forward. The last day of the year is my ritual time for designing who […]

Communication Impasse

“To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.“ ~ John Burroughs A Communication Impasse…..what do you do when you just can’t seem to communicate effectively with someone else? Or even worse, how do you handle the situation when both of you think you’ve communicated perfectly, but you […]

Coming into Focus (Part III)

This is Part III of a three-part series on Focus. “The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.“ ~ Marcel Proust Can you make yourself focus? There are times when it seems inevitable, such as when you have to make a presentation, or when time has […]

Coming into Focus (Part II)

This is Part II of a three-part series on Focus. “Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ~ Johann van Goethe, German poet and dramatist In the quest to maintain better focus, a tool I’ve used successfully with many clients is called VISAGE™ (from Latin origin, “to […]

Coming into Focus (Part I)

This is Part I of a three-part series on Focus. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ~ […]

Breaking Commitments

Everyone has to break commitments from time to time. There are ways to break commitments and keep integrity intact, and even to move a relationship forward after a “breaking.” There is also a distinction between commitments that are actually broken (“breakings”) and communication breakdowns that lead to differing perceptions as to whether a commitment has […]

Blind Spots

Help!  I Can’t See My Blind Spot! I’m on the 17th floor of a hotel in San Jose, CA tonight, watching an endless river of headlights on the freeway.  I’m reminded that life moves on at it’s own pace, whether we see it or not. We all have blind spots.  Maybe we’re resisting something, or […]

Being Exceptional

“I don’t do extraordinary things, I do ordinary things with great love.” – Mother Teresa “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel. “ – Carl Buehner In my coaching, I work with individuals, groups and organizations on a broad array of issues – leadership, communication, time […]