5 Strategies for Facing a Crucible

Crucible has two meanings. First, it’s the container used in attempts to transform base metals into gold by alchemists of old. Second, a crucible tests a person who seeks to succeed at a significant quest; a source for testing our mettle. In their HBR article, Crucibles of Leadership, Bennis and Thomas write “the skills required [...]

2021-12-30T15:05:16-05:00December 17th, 2021|Executing Successfully, Overcoming Challenge|

Finding Appreciation for the Unexpected

How do we measure our success? The answer offers us really important insight. This year, quite unapologeticically, I could not post. By measures of most business and entrepreneurial marketing gurus, this was a failure. By alternate measures and views, I succeeded. How could this be? 2021 has been what I call my crucible year and, [...]

2022-01-12T23:58:01-05:00December 10th, 2021|Change|

When Intention and Reality Collide

Life isn’t—and perhaps shouldn’t be—about absolute perfection. Setting and striving for ambitious goals offers a certain joy in the journey and anticipated achievement. And yet, sometimes, we face roadblocks, interference and struggle. We’re not operating in “flow.” Our plans go awry. “The best laid plans of mice and men” should read, “the best laid plans [...]

2018-08-20T11:22:55-04:00February 20th, 2014|Leadership, Overcoming Challenge|

The Destiny of Leadership Legacy

Margaret Thatcher speaking September 29, 1983. White House Photo, accessed via margaretthatcher.org. Copyright waived by US Government. Long before Sheryl Sandberg’s statistics on the abysmal representation of women in top leadership roles moved into open conversation, Margaret Thatcher offered inspiration to women beyond the boundaries of the United Kingdom. Defying convention from her earliest career, Margaret [...]

2018-08-20T11:28:49-04:00April 21st, 2013|Leadership, Women's Leadership|

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