It’s A Whole New Decade – 2020 – 30 Day Blog Challenge

It’s A Whole New Decade – 30 Day Blog Challenge​ Maybe it’s because I turn 40 this year. Maybe it’s because 2020 just has a certain ring to it. Maybe I’m just like every other person out there and I like the idea of starting fresh. Maybe I will lose my momentum in 4 to 6 weeks and forget about my goals altogether.  Only Time Will Tell. Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I get obsessed. I don’t have interests. I have obsessions. And my greatest affair is with communicating to achieve goals. Communication Rocks. (And not

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Future, Beware! I’m Hungry.

As I reflect back on the previous year I appreciate all that it held… but it was not enough. I want more! The truth is this has been a great year. We conducted a high impact renovation on our home. I have been blessed with a second baby! Somehow (in spite of a difficult pregnancy and caring for a newborn) I still managed to keep growing my business. In fact, I couldn’t be happier. I have no regrets. I’m a happy woman…. For me though, today’s high never feels as great when it’s repeated tomorrow. I love new experiences, people,

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Emotional Intelligence: Why Arrogance is Enemy # 1

No one is immune. When we’re enjoying a period of professional excellence we run out of patience, understanding, and compassion. We forget where we started. We become out of touch with our humble beginnings. We stop enjoying simple victories. We begrudge others for slowing us down. We self-assess ourself to believing we’re more important than before. Over time being successful makes us think we’re somehow better than the rest. We believe our time is more valuable and our ideas more powerful. We think of ourselves pre-success and post-success as different. Once we’ve succeeded we believe we are wiser than we

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Investing in Client Relationships

Relationships matter, especially in business. When projects fall apart, timelines are strained, staff are overwhelmed, and so many other obstacles stand in the way of success, relationships keep success alive. When we care about people, (those we work with and for,) we find it within ourselves to go the extra mile. We find the resilience to push past normal boundaries when we are invested in a deeper way. Staying connected. With so many projects, how can you prioritize them all? How do you know what to put first? How do you know you’ve made the right choices? I can’t help

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LinkedIn with a Long Lost Relative

This week, during a LinkedIn chat, my new connection and I discover that we’re related. Yup. From humble beginnings in the south of Italy to modern day social media networking, we managed to find each other. We weren’t looking for each other per se. Rather, the conversation evolved… and I’ve found a new reason to love LinkedIn. Great story, right? I’m generally not a shy person. Sometimes you might even describe me as socially bold. But even I am surprised to have met my cousin this way. The social media networking possibilities seem endless. Whose is out there? I’ve met

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Why Established Companies Fail

Established, long standing organizations fail. They feel more secure than their young (or young at heart) competitors. They don’t think they are on their way to demise. Mostly they don’t notice because the death happens slowly. Sometimes it’s the coasting-to-failure process that’s to blame. If no one notices until it’s too late, there isn’t much that can be done. Let’s face it, admitting failure is super uncomfortable. So why not prolong the inevitable? Blockbuster managed the change from VHS to DVD well, but refused to concede their brick and mortar delivery model. Nokia didn’t want to lead the charge in

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Keep Your Eye on The Prize

Distraction is the single greatest threat to your success. Distraction can come in many forms. Emotional weakness. Competition. Netflix. Any number of things can veer you off track. Goals It is mighty easy to be derailed by everything from jealousy to Making a Murderer. We all have a weak spot for something. If your goals matter to you, you must be diligent.  Be on high alert. If you’re going to stay on track, you need to have clearly set goals. Build a plan to get yourself across the finish line. Include risks and threats in your planning so you will

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What Is Your Super Power?

We’re so hard on ourselves. All. The. Time. You have strengths. We all do. In our most miserable moods, we don’t see them. And sometimes we get stuck in a viscous cycle of negativity. But if we stop to smell the roses, we all have something valuable to offer. So what’s your super power? What can you do better than anyone you know? What strengths do you have to offer? What are you an expert on and could teach? I challenge you to name one of your top skills. And if you can’t, I’ll do it for you. (If I

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Imposter Syndrome: Friend or Foe?

Imposter Syndrome is the personal and internal perception that you are a fraud. It’s the self doubt that creeps up on even the most accomplished people. It can hold back individuals with high potential. It can provide an internal devil’s advocate. This fear is real, documented, researched, and manifests as anxiety. When is Imposter Syndrome a Problem? Imposter syndrome can be merit-less hindrance if… your sense of fear concerning your abilities and competencies outweighs your sense of confidence you let your fear of failure guide your decision making about what challenges you’ll take on you second guess the legitimacy of

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Unstoppable – Business Success Starts With Action

Since Angela Lee Duckworth spoke on the Ted Talks stage in 2013, we’ve all learned a lot about The Power of Passion and Perseverance. And yet there are so many of us humming and hawing about achieving our goals. Action, or lack thereof, remains the number one factor driving success or failure. You need to pick a goal that drives you. You need to be passionate enough to keep going even when it’s boring. And most of all, you need to keep going even when you’re failing. There’s this funny saying we all know and it’s used when we’ve lost something

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