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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 […]

Being Bigger

One of the primary drivers behind clients hiring a coach is often that of achieving goals faster and more efficiently.  Coaching is certainly effective toward that end, but it is in the process of evolving that we really come alive.  Goals almost always help to evolve us, as we push ourselves beyond our current situation, […]


Accountability is one of those traits that when you find it in an individual or an organization, you feel confident, taken care of, and at ease. When accountability is missing, you feel worried, preoccupied, and uncertain. You may also feel discounted. The world has gotten dramatically smaller over the past few years, in large part […]