Monthly Archives: August 2008

Stress Building Beliefs

We react to stress by behaving in counterproductive ways. For example, most stressed out people cut their sleep, take in more caffeine, sugar and/or alcohol, cut out exercise, social activity and relaxation. Yet, each of these behaviors actually BUILDS stress and keeps the body screaming for respite. Then there are underlying beliefs that drive our actions and behaviors. Many people …

The Top 10 Steps to a Strong Personal Foundation by Thomas Leonard

1. HONOR YOUR BOUNDARIES BOUNDARIES PROTECT YOU FROM PEOPLE THAT YOUR SPIRIT CANNOT EASILY AFFORD 2. RAISE YOUR STANDARDS THE HIGHER YOUR STANDARDS, THE FEWER PROBLEMS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IN LIFE 3. CLARIFY YOUR REQUIREMENTS EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE DESERVES TO KNOW WHAT YOU EXPECT/REQUIRE OF THEM 4. FINISH YOUR UNFINISHED BUSINESS THE FEWER UNRESOLVED ITEMS IN YOUR LIFE, THE …

3 Leadership Traps

In my work with leaders at all levels and across many different organizations I have seen some common underlying causes of leaders who are busy, buried and burned out. As you read about each of the 3 leadership traps described below be aware if any of these are at play in your work life. 1. Lone Ranger Leadership. Some leaders …

High Standards vs Harsh Standards

I’m a big fan of setting and holding to high personal standards for yourself, your work, and your life. But as much as I love high standards, I’ve noticed that sometimes they can become “harsh” standards. And ‘harsh standards’ because they hold you back. Here’s a few distinctions to help you decide if you’re operating under “High Standards” or “Harsh …

How Do You Measure Success?

One of the places I often start with a new client is to have them answer this question: “At this stage of my life/career/business success is…..” By starting with a clear definition of what success looks like for them, we have a compass by which to measure their success. But recently, I’ve started to notice an interesting pattern. Many of …

Summer Sabbatical

You may have noticed that I’ve been offline for a while. Every summer I like to take time away from the business to really regroup and refuel. I scale back on all the ‘non-essentials’ so I can focus inward. It’s during this time that I begin to see what I’m moving toward in the coming year. I’ve found I need …