“YOU OFFER SO MUCH WISDOM AND INSIGHT WITH A GENUINE, PERSONAL TOUCH. YOU SPEAK FROM THE HEART… AND FROM YOUR OWN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES. YOUR WRITING PROVIDES NEW ANGLES AND INVITATIONS FOR APPLICATION. THERE IS SO MUCH DROSS IN THE BLOGOSPHERE. YOUR WRITING REPRESENTS A BRIGHT SPARK.” - PARTNER, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

Anticipatory Fear

Something interesting happened to me earlier this week. I was flying from Orange County to San Jose for a busy week of client programs. It seemed a bit windy the morning of my trip and I saw on my weather app that San Francisco was expecting an equally windy day. I didn’t think anything of…

Mind the Gap

One of the most popular topics that clients want to tackle is how to navigate difficult conversations in their organization. Whether it’s equipping managers to have more effective performance reviews with their teams, teaching employees how to bravely ask one another for feedback, or helping senior leaders elevate their impact in negotiations, difficult conversations are…

Unsocial Media

So, my dog’s Instagram account has more followers than my professional Instagram account. There, I said it. I didn’t find that fact terribly troubling until I saw how concerned my husband was. “You know Henry has more followers than you, right?” Yes, of course I know – I’m Henry’s CMO. I give myself kudos for finding 184…

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

I’ve been facilitating several women’s leadership programs this month and one of the themes that’s bubbled up is – what I’ll call – the shadow side of joy. The women I work with are at the top of their game, running incredible companies, leading organizations through industry-wide change, expanding families, giving back to their communities. They are brilliant…

Lessons from the Court

I can’t tell you how many leadership lessons I’ve learned playing Tennis. Since moving to SoCal, Tennis has creeped up to my Top 5 list of life priorities right now. You wouldn’t necessarily see that dedication if you watched my doubles game, but at least you’d see me having a good time chasing a yellow ball around. …

It’s Never too Late

I was teaching an Elevator Pitch class this week at a local career development center where I volunteer. I normally get a mixed bag of “clients” in the room – industry changers, mothers returning back to work, multiple interview rejection folks, recent grads not knowing which way is up. I would say it’s usually mid-career, people in…

SNEAK PEEK

A special edition note for you today. I’m thrilled to share my most recent labor of love – the official VALIA website. Ironically, my lifelong journey towards “more” – wanting to serve more people and make more impact and expand to more clients in more industries through more coaches on my team – has brought me right back to the essence of who I am: a teacher….

Solitude

I don’t usually have to think hard in order to write these journal entries to you. I go about my daily life and ideas drop into my consciousness. I jot down the most important nugget that feels like wisdom (to me) and then craft it into something meaningful and understandable when I’m back in front of the computer. Sometimes it’s 5 minutes,…

Ode to KB

This week marks 10 years of “yes”. My husband and I got engaged on the Summer solstice of 2009 and tied the knot at City Hall with four of our favorite humans exactly a year later. (The big fat Greek wedding – in Greece – that ensued a month afterwardswarrants more leadership lessons than a newsletter is equipped to handle….

Listening without agenda and holding space by not running away is one of the greatest gifts a leader can give.