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Stress Resilience through Mindfulness

I gave an overview on increasing resilience in the four domains: mind, body, emotion and spirit in my last newsletter. When we experience stress, it is because of what we are telling ourselves about the situation that we perceive as stressful. (“I’m not going to be able to get all of this done on time, […]

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Increasing Resilience in the Four Domains

Three weeks ago, I taught a class on stress management and resilience to a group of 26 Senior Service College Fellows (GS-14 and GS-15 Army civilians) who recently began a very intensive and demanding 10-month training program to prepare them for future senior leadership roles. This class is based on the effects of stress on […]

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What is Your Impact?

I recently saw a video of Garth Brooks spotting a woman holding a sign in the audience that read, “Chemo this morning. Garth tonight. Enjoying the dance.”  What he does next is extremely touching. You can watch the video here. He made a huge impact on this woman, but I think her impact on him […]

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Essential Skills for 4 Core Conversations

Last week, I facilitated the Blanchard course “First-Time Manager Essential Skills” to a group of 25 engineers and technicians. This training course is based on the book, “The New One Minute Manager®” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson and teaches the essential skills for the four core conversations that the most effective leaders hold with […]

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Honoring Heroes

In honor of Memorial Day, this newsletter is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Having been an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton from 2002 to 2012, I have had the privilege of working with numerous team members and clients from all branches of the military […]

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The Impact of the Invisible Workload on Men and Women

Is the invisible workload dragging you down? The article entitled “The Invisible Workload that Drags Women Down” by Lisa Wade says that in two-career marriages, women do most of the household chores, while men spend more time at work – making the amount of combined paid and un-paid work nearly equal. However, women tend to […]

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5 Lessons from Beauty and the Beast

This week, I saw the new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, one of my Disney favorites. This time I watched it from a different perspective rather than simply viewing it as a love story. Here are the leadership and life lessons from this classic tale. 1) Narcissism will get you nowhere in winning […]

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5 Tips for Improving Relationships at Work and at Home

Effective relationships at work and at home are the key to a happy and fulfilling career and life. However, this seems to be one of the biggest challenges for many people. I listen to many of my clients talk about the issues they experience regularly in dealing with people at work and family members. Here […]

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Keep Your Sanity During Crazy Times

Recently, I’ve had many conversations with clients, friends, colleagues, and family members about all the massive negativity that we are currently being flooded with in the media. We all agree: it’s NOT helpful. It only serves to perpetuate fear, anger and a doom and gloom attitude. Therefore, I am instituting the following tips to maintain […]

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Be Your Best Self in 2017

If you’re like most people, you are thinking about New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2017. Many people have great intentions in setting ambitious goals, but make the mistake of trying to achieve too much all at once. Instead of setting several goals, it’s better to set just one and focus on one to three […]

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