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The Annual Planning Calendar

Calendar fragment with half-opened sheets in different angles

If you want to be ready to come out swinging in the New Year, start planning three months earlier. My clients follow this calendar each year, and have the ambitious accomplishments to show for it.  Continue Reading →

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Reason to Celebrate

It’s been two years since my first blog post, and tomorrow I’m celebrating with my fabulous team by planning our next year’s growth. I know what’s up my sleeve, but can’t wait to see what these talented humans will pull out of their party hats.  Continue Reading →

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Seekers Need Apply

I love seekers — people who are ever-open to new thoughts, methods, and experiences. But we curious ones are often so busy seeking, we don’t make time to apply what we’re learning. 

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That’s the Deal

If you’ve ever loved and lost another human, a beloved animal, a hard-tended business, or a carefully dreamed idea, loving again can provoke fears you might lose again.  Continue Reading →

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The Subconscious Conspiracy

With 97% of your brain engaged in subconscious activity, it can sometimes feel like the sub’s conspiring against what your conscious brain wants.  Continue Reading →

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Count to 90

One of the best things I learned during Resident Assistant training at SMU was to count to ten before confronting an emotional situation. New insight from Jill Bolte Taylor, the brain scientist who survived her own stroke, suggests counting to 90 might be more helpful.  Continue Reading →

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Mutha Bubble Strategy

You can see it coming, one mutha of a bubble ahead filled with more than usual project deadlines. Perhaps you’re onboarding a big new client who needs extra attention, or playing a crucial role in an upcoming family wedding, in addition to your usual daily tasks. You might be able to survive a day or two with some Gitterdun, but gritting your teeth for much longer isn’t sustainable.  Continue Reading →

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Rocky Road Detour

When the road gets rocky, reconsider why you believe your original course is the best way to ride ahead.  You may find you have assumptions that keep you from seeing an alternate route.  Continue Reading →

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Two Questions

I have two questions worthy enough to post next to my computer:

  • “Is There Another Way?” reminds me to stay nimble.  Whether I’m trying to ride a pattern on horseback in a crowded arena, or fighting to get my sleeping bag back into its stuff sack, there’s always another way. Just asking the question leads to ingenuity, pattern breaking, fluidity, and progress.
  • “Is this the best use of my time?” keeps me on task and off tangents. Sometimes the unexpected detour is where I need to swerve, but this question makes me pause and choose.

Homework: What’s posted next to your computer?

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One Good Turn

When you wonder why it’s sometimes so hard to clear a new path, try a different method, or imagine another way, watch this two-minute video about The Asch Experiment. Then keep your hat on and face your own direction.

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“Suck It Up” Is Not My Advice

One of my clients called to ask whether she should continue writing a series of articles in a local print publication. Each article has been a challenge and the results intangible. She thought I would tell her to just get over it, and keep doing the work until she got different results, but “suck it up” is never my advice. Continue Reading →
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Grade Expectations


I’m a big believer in setting specific goals. I believe the universe provides, but we have to do the math. Every day I see miracles – real miracles – happen in response to this specificity.  But sometimes we miss the goal and lose energy in the ensuing disappointment and self-doubt.

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Commencement

While I’ve never been asked to give a commencement speech, I’m often asked to speak to a recent grad, the out-of-work friend, or the aimless young adult.  My advice is pretty much the same for them all.  Continue Reading →

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Wiggle With My 60/40 Rule

Typical of any week before a holiday weekend — and many weeks that have no visible excuse for shortchanged time — I’m longing for extra work days as much I am for the time off.  While I roll what is yet undone into next week’s plans, I’ll reboot my schedule with one that is better balanced by my 60/40 rule. Continue Reading →

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From Conslutant to Consultant


A couple years back, I was immersed in a lopsided engagement, and found myself consistently, albeit accidentally, typing conSLUTant instead of consultant — and don’t think I didn’t notice my Freudian typographical error! Continue Reading →

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Facebook Makes Facetime Better

The best meetings exchange ideas. They do that which would be impossibly cumbersome via email or rudely impersonal by phone. Facebook has made face-to-face meetings even more effective by Continue Reading →

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Running on Empty

My clients all want the same thing:  a business that supports their ideal quality of life and gives them energy.   Continue Reading →

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Building From The Frame In

Each family vacation I work a jigsaw puzzle with Sabrina, my sister-in-law and fellow in the Making-Order-of-Things Society.   Continue Reading →

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Your Energy Account Balance

For any endeavor’s success, you need to allocate resources.  We typically think of Money, People, and Time.  But interestingly, most of my clients who’ve closed their businesses have done so for lack of energy, not money! So, I always include energy on the list of resources I’ll need.

Like money, energy can be deposited and withdrawn.  During the next week, observe the different aspects of your work and life, and jot which experiences give you energy and which take energy away. This exercise (thanks to author Marcus Buckingham) is best done in real-time, not when you’re sitting in your office thinking about an average day.  Hint:  It’s quite common to start a business because you love building tree houses, but product demand means you no longer have your hands on the hammer.  Which gives you more energy – building the tree house or supervising the builders?

Review your notes at the end of the week.  What’s the net balance in your Energy Account?

Brainstorm ways you can eliminate energy withdrawals and increase energy deposits. Ending the day with a net energetic gain could be as simple as delegating those activities that are more costly than their worth.  And of course, if I can help, let’s schedule some time together!

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What Big Means to You

Sometimes “big” is about more. Or even less. Or deeper. Or wider. Or sometimes it’s about bigger. Call me if you wanna explore, “What Big Means to Me,” by Insert-Your-Name-Here. And for further illumination, check out what Hugh has to say about The Big Idea.

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Fundraising Tap Dance (A One Anda Two)

I’ve spent years of my career fundraising for clients’ ventures and my own, with each project requiring hundreds of hours for the tap-dancing-dog-and-pony-show pitches required to pique investors’ interests.  I’m now piqued to learn about a site called Caplinked that promises to make the process of “private investment easy, secure, and social.”  Continue Reading →

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Act Now!

I eavesdrop on, er facilitate, hundreds of meetings each year and often encounter analysis paralysis (the overanalyzing of existing info) or fear (disguised as a need for more analysis) about acting on a decision. Continue Reading →

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Price For All You’re Worth

It’s been at least 5 years since I last bumped, so I’ve increased my prices (I like the easy math of an hourly rate going up in $25 increments).  Two months into the new rate, and I don’t detect any change in my clientele; but that wasn’t the case in the first business I owned. Continue Reading →

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What’s Your Brain Focusing On?

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.”  

— Esther “Abraham” Hicks 

Have you ever tried to not worry?   Continue Reading →

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Feel Your Way

Our culture suggests that feelings are a sign of weakness, but you and I know feelings for what they are: information from our bodies to helps us make choices, and evidence that we’re alive and sensitive beings.

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