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Leading with Emotional Courage

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC I continue to be amazed and impressed by the group of leaders that I have been working with since February of this year. Last week, the 2020 Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) cohort program ended with this awesome group of leaders presenting a final project of what they learned from […]

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The Epitome of Great Leadership

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Major General Brian Cummings is without a doubt the best leader I have ever encountered during my 23-year career in leadership development and organization development. He is the shining example of what I teach in my leadership training courses and what we read about in books on leadership. He […]

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Unconscious bias is a popular topic right now given what is happening in our society. I’m even teaching a class on this next week. Unconscious bias is uniquely different from overt racism or discrimination, as it happens without our knowledge of it and comes from our subconscious programming since […]

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10 Ways to Increase Your Happiness Now

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Are you finding it increasingly difficult to remain positive, optimistic and happy during these challenging times where our activities and social interactions are severely limited? Many people believe that happiness is external – something to be achieved or acquired. They think, “I’ll be happy when… Covid 19 is over, […]

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What Authenticity Looks Like

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Last week, my dear friend and colleague of 17 years, Terry Gonda was fired from St. John Fisher Chapel as their music director because she is married to a woman – something that has never been a secret. The Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) terminated her employment under their morality […]

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Look Your Best on Video Calls

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC If you are like me, you are probably spending more time on video calls than ever before given the new work environment, and you may be concerned about how you look on camera. Personally, I have been unhappy with how I appear on video, so I went to YouTube […]

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC In light of recent events, every topic I planned to write about seemed insignificant. I feel powerless to control what’s happening in the world racially, politically, morally, and economically. The only tool at my disposal is influence, so I’m writing this with the hope that I will influence others […]

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Are You Following Your Internal Compass?

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Did you know that you have an internal compass that tells you what direction to move toward? It also tells you what’s really important to you. Your emotions are this compass, and you have access to it at any time. Unfortunately, most people do not understand what their emotions are […]

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Letting Go of Painful Past Events

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Are you holding on to past emotional events and having trouble letting go of these painful feelings? You’re not alone. It’s human nature to relive past experiences in your head, but it’s not productive. Harvard Psychologist Susan David, calls this “Brooding” in her book Emotional Agility. She defines brooding […]

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The Power of Presence

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Presence or paying attention is essential to high performance, resilience, happiness and overall well-being. Although it’s very simple in concept, it’s very difficult in practice. This is because as human beings, we are constantly thinking in our heads instead of giving our full attention to what’s right in front […]

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