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How to Prepare for the Unknown in 2021

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Like many people, I took an extended vacation at home over the holidays. Besides responding to a couple of emails, I did nothing work-related. Instead, I binge-watched several Netflix series, ate too much, and slept way more than usual. Even the 9-10 hours I was getting didn’t seem like […]

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10 Virtual Activities for Families, Friends and Teams

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC This holiday season will be unlike any other. There won’t be large gatherings for holiday parties with friends, family and co-workers. Instead, many of us will be celebrating with just our immediate families. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still connect and have fun together. Below is a […]

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Tips for Better Self-Care This Holiday Season

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC It’s important to take care of ourselves during these challenging times, especially with the upcoming holidays and the long pandemic winter ahead. If you supervise others or have children, it’s a big responsibility to have others count on you. Therefore, you must first care for yourself before you can […]

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Are You Checking In Enough? It’s Now More Critical Than Ever.

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Many people have been working virtually for nearly 8 months now, and it’s starting to wear them down. For many, the work day extends well into the evening hours due to distractions with kids homeschooling, and no clear boundaries on when the work day ends. The virtual environment is […]

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What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC I just completed a year-long coaching engagement with a very talented engineer, leader, contract manager, mother, and all around super star. Nina Batie is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and has worked there for 12 years. In order to advance her career to the next level, she […]

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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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