Putting the “Happy” Back in Happy Holidays

In addition to holiday music, holiday foods, holiday parties, and holiday gifts, many of us - if not all of us - have at one time or another found ourselves in the “holiday blues.” It’s time to put the “happy” back in Happy Holidays. And it may not be what you think. Wait a minute - it is about what you think! To be "happy" is a state of mind. It […] Continue Reading

Don’t be such a pain!

My friend - let's call him Steven - is a runner - and among many other fine things - he is also a doctor. What I didn't know about Steven until this morning is that he is selfish. Well, let me explain... Steven woke up the other day with a searing pain in his back and self-diagnosed himself with sciatica. It's a reasonable diagnosis, and if […] Continue Reading

Curses & Blessings

I've been on a journey the past few months that has included reading the weekly portion of the Torah for the first time. As it turns out and as far as I am concerned, the Torah is the jewel in the crown of the self-help genre. But please don't tell Madonna! Last week's portion talked about receiving both a "blessing and a curse." I never knew where […] Continue Reading

Will you wait to read this?

“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.” ― Oscar Wilde. Never thought I procrastinated much - but I was wrong. For example, I need to learn QuickBooks (the program is already installed) and the photos on my site need updating now that my hair is longer. And why did I have to file for a tax extension - again? Some […] Continue Reading

Self-doubt, negative thinking, and fear – oh my!

Lions, and tigers and bears – oh my! The other day I had a "Talk-it-Out-Session" with a successful sales and marketing professional working outside his field for some time after moving his family from South America to Florida. Unhappy with the professional compromise he made, he is now ready to get the support he needs to reenter his profession as […] Continue Reading

Getting to the heart of the matter

Communication breakdowns happen all the time. Considering we are wired to respond to the beat of our own drummer, it's amazing we ever find ourselves making sense to one another. Often times you think you are tuned in but then something happens - an upset, a sense of confusion, hurt feelings – and it feels like the finger is being pointed […] Continue Reading

What Are You Putting Up With?

One of my clients immersed in the Personal Foundation Program is working on zapping her "Tolerations." Tolerations  (when pluralized not an actually word) are those things we are "putting up with" – rather than handling. A toleration could be anything from your partner's bad breath to a messy desk that drives you crazy, to a client who doesn't pay […] Continue Reading

How is Your Personal Foundation?

Lately there has been increased demand for personal coaching. That said, for any coaching endeavor to be effective, whether it is business or executive or life, it is going to get personal. When I entered Coach U and began my two year professional training, students were to complete a program called Personal Foundation, created by Thomas […] Continue Reading

Talk It Out – And Then Take Action

Yesterday “Bob” called in for his scheduled “Talk It Out” session. Procrastination and lack of focus was a recurring problem, he said. As a senior executive Bob felt unable to get started on a report for his boss that would take him 4 hours to accomplish. It was not a difficult task - for Bob it was a boring task complete with the kind of details […] Continue Reading

Low Self-Esteem or Overly Confident?

People in all levels of the professional (and personal) stratosphere have issues with self-esteem; some too much, some not enough. Low self-esteem appears as lack of confidence, fear, uncertainty, and difficulty making decisions. An overly confident person may come across as arrogant, impatient, and abrasive. A person with low self-esteem can be […] Continue Reading