Category Archives: Leadership/Management

The Conundrum of Leadership in the Information Age: Reflections from a Military Leader

Here is my abridged book interview with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter (Pete) L. Rooks, Director for Leadership, Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the University of Portland: “After 21and ½ years in the military and the past 5 years at University of Portland in academic, staff or a consulting role, I have learned […]

Executive Career Counsel from Scott Fenton, VP/CIO, River Wind Systems (An Intel Company)

One of the best ‘perks’ of my business is being warmly introduced to my clients and colleague’s all time favorite mentors and leadership role models. Anyone who knows me can quickly surmise that I am a leadership nut—I have an insatiable curiosity to understand what makes the best and the most influential leaders tick. In […]

Want to Win Friends & Influence (Powerful) People? Start by Building Trust

Do you ever wonder what X factor or DNA sequence charming and powerful people embody that allow them to attract and directly impact very important people? These are the women and men who are able to build consensus, drive critical initiatives and in a nutshell get things d.o.n.e. throughout their lives. What is the crucial […]

How Storytelling Just Changed My Life

Over the past few weeks I have addressed four remarkable audiences in Portland, Spokane, Boston and New Jersey.  The first opportunity was my most nerve wracking speaking experience to date. Rather than expounding from my areas of business expertise, I was asked by Melody Biringer, founder of Urban Campfire, to disclose how I overcame one […]

How to Create a Great Offense for Office Politicking

I was teaching at an educational conference in Spokane last week and I asked the audience how they best navigate office politics.  A woman in her 60’s raised her hand, stood and with a huge smile plastered across her face, she proudly proclaimed, “I found the solution to navigating office politics—I work from home!”  The […]

How to Unlock Your Own Mysteries & Embody Work-Life Blissfulness

“We live in a postmodern age when it’s pretty hard to come up with anything new, especially on a fundamental level… There’s always someone playing faster, louder, more distorted. So you can’t really go anywhere except into yourself. All that’s left is to figure out who you are….” -Tuck Andress, via Pitchfork by Ryan Dombal […]

Key Takeaways from Impact Leadership 21 Global Summit: Closing the Leadership Gap

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Impact Leadership 21 Global Summit and Awards Conference at the New York Times Building in Manhattan.  This event was created by Janet Salazar, CEO and Founder of IMPACT Leadership 21.  I have listed the roster of esteemed speakers below my key takeaways.  If you are curious […]

Heart Directed Leadership: My Interview with Chicagoan Magnes Welsh

One of the themes of my forthcoming book, Leading Ladies, is how women are changing business as usual. To highlight this theme, I can’t think of a better person to introduce you to, than Chicago’s own, Magnes Welsh. President of Magnes Communications, Magnes shared with me in this interview how she foresees the impending arrival […]