3 Powerful Ways to Lead with Heart

Business articles and books which marry the theme of leadership with heart have gained traction of late, and as a speaker on the power of connection, I’m thrilled to witness the joyful union. When Robert K. Greenleaf coined the phrase “servant leadership” over 30 years ago, who knew it would take this long to shift…

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3 Behavioral Shifts to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet!

There’s no better time than a new year for reflection and renewal. After all, how can you recognize and celebrate your growth if you don’t look back to honor what brought you joy, the challenges you overcame and the connections you claimed? Without contemplation, how can you shed light on what you truly want or…

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The #1 Holiday Survival Strategy to Stay Cool, Calm and Connected

The holiday season is chock full of additional, and often unrealistic, expectations around entertaining relatives, parties, decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning and traveling. All this activity fills what little whitespace remained on your already-crammed calendar. Emotions run high filled with seasonal stress, as well as crowded mall parking lots, airports and freeways. If you prefer…

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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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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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Healthy Communication versus Being Passive-digressive™

Dear Colette, I love what you teach about being clear and direct in your communication versus being passive- digressiveTM . However, this can produce a catch-22, as men don’t expect women to be direct. There’s even research published that shows when women are direct, we’re perceived as *itches. The exception is when we speak on…

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The Price of a Devastating Secret

How did a little boy with a devastating secret grow up to eventually win the highest award possible in his field? Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey asked for help and spoke his truth. I happened to catch his story on 60 Minutes recently and am compelled to share. May it inspire you as well.…

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Are you Afraid Like This Motivational Speaker?

I’m at a Dude Ranch deep in the heart of Texas with some gal pals a few weeks ago when Cowboy Larry says “Come here Little Lady. (It’s all perspective!)  Do you want to stand on a horse?” What?! Why would anyone over the age of 10 want to do that?  Let alone 29 (Ha!).…

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Who’s Lying to You?

You’re being lied to.  You know it, or at least you suspect it. You’re surrounded by fakes, imposters, and liars.  And it’s everywhere. At work:  A Montclair University study about lying in the workplace discovered:  91% of participants “believed lying occurs to some degree in the workplace.” The top 10 lies included:  to cover up…

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