To Survive in Business – Be More Like da Vinci

According to Walter Isaacson, biographer and author of Leonardo da Vinci,  an important takeaway from the genius painter is that “being curious about everything not only makes you more creative, it enriches your life.”  Turns out the artist who painted the Mona Lisa (and is often credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank)…

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All Respect Starts with Self-Respect

Chloe, a teeny fifth grade student worked the concession stand for basketball games to honor her student council volunteer requirement. One evening, a group of eighth grade boys approached the concession stand and proceeded to mock her petite frame.  Rather than shrink in the moment, Chloe looked them square in the eye and said, “I…

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5 Ways Leaders Show Respect

“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson   Without respect, relationships falter.  Everyone wants and needs to feel respected, and yet, research from a worldwide poll of over 20,000 employees shows that 54% of people report they don’t…

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7 Lessons Learned by Going Off the Grid

“I’d love to (fill in the blank), if only I had the time.”  Most likely, this statement bubbles up often in your busy, fully-committed life. Rarely do I meet an individual who feels they can afford time off the grid to travel, take a class, or simply push away from the computer at a reasonable…

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Practice Presence This Season (and All Year Long)

From my window seat on a Coach bus bound for Chicago O’Hare Airport, I watched the bus driver hustling below to load passengers’ luggage in the berth, in an attempt to make up for arriving 30 minutes late. Tension permeated the air as aggravated riders worried about possible missed flights. As the driver rushed back…

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Thanksgiving

3 Ways to Avoid Being a Turkey This Thanksgiving

No matter how much you enjoy spending quality time with family and friends around the holidays, tensions and stress inevitably escalate as different personalities and preferences collide. Perhaps you have a politically passionate or pushy relative who excels at making you uncomfortable with their opinions or overly-personal questions. Even under the best of circumstances, with…

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Will AI (Artificial Intelligence) Ever REALLY Replace Us?

 My smartphone surprised me. It was about 7pm, and I had just gotten back to my hotel room after a long day at an out-of-town speaking engagement. I was startled by a flash from my phone, with the message, “Good evening, Colette” and photo of what looked like a row of brightly lit New Orleans…

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How to Make Envy Work For You!

 “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” ~ Harold Coffin Connecting with others often brings warm, fuzzy feelings of affection, mutual understanding, and inclusion. But let’s face it, all that can go out the window quickly when someone you know gets something you want—like that promotion, that new…

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3 Career Truths to Fly Further Faster

As a professional speaker, it’s not uncommon to review presentation notes or nap on a 6 am, 5-hour flight to the east coast.  So recently, when I woke up to witness my male seatmate peering over my tray table and reading my women’s career leadership notes, I was not surprised.  Yet, his actions laid the…

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