Feb 2, 2024

Great leadership begins with the stories you tell yourself. This process I share here is so powerful and critical to leadership.

Nov 12, 2023

“We didn’t think you’d notice the difference,” the guys said when they came back from the store as they put the Schnucks-brand tonic water on the granite countertop. “It’s just like Fever Tree, isn’t it?” Oh, no, gentlemen. No, it is not. Yet, we were all too tired from the week to go back out […]

Nov 5, 2023

Ideally, feedback plays a crucial role in self-awareness that moves you from the blindspot space to the open space where change can happen (remember the Johari Window from last month?) The problem is most people suck at feedback. Not because they’re bad humans or uncaring leaders, but because they got bad advice, watched bad examples, […]

Oct 8, 2023

“Some people are concerned about using personality as part of our professional development,” my corporate client shared in a prep call. “Tell me more,” I said (BTW…my all-time favorite conversation continuer is “tell me more.”) “Well, some of our staff who came from another agency had DISC profiles displayed, and their personality profiles were used […]

Jul 7, 2023

“Absolutely not. I am not about power,” I vehemently disagreed with my executive coach. Sitting at a busy Starbucks, I could not understand why we were even talking about power. This wise coach picked up her blonde brew and kindly said, “Jenn, I need you to listen. Everything has a power. Every person holds power. […]

Apr 14, 2023

Ding! I opened the text preview at my kitchen table. I dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head.  The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter, who confirmed — it didn’t make sense.⁣ I’d like […]

Apr 6, 2023

Assumicide attacked our home one weekend. Casualties were great. In my pale celery green kitchen, my hands full scooping out eggs for brunch, my oldest man-child loomed in the doorway and kindly called me on an assumption. Ouch. Just the day before, this same then-17-year-old and I had a similar conversation in the very same […]

Feb 10, 2023

My plane was delayed last month because of poor communication and a dog. My 5:20am flight (YIKES) was set to leave early, when the flight attendants started whispering about a dog on the plane. I’m in the second row, so I’ve got a front-row seat to the quandary. “The dog’s not in a carrier.” “She […]

Feb 3, 2023

The buzzy beep halted the entire boarding line. The gate agent kindly asked the woman, “Are you traveling with him?” “Yes.” “Oh, good. He scanned your boarding pass.” The woman rounded on him, “You idiot.” At first, I thought she was teasing her traveling companion. Just playful banter. But after the gate agent quickly solved […]

Sep 2, 2022

Tightly gripping the black concert folder, I see a sea of nearly 3000 faces surrounded by red velvet and cream plaster. My breath catches: I’m about to sing on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Five different levels of balconies and boxes held an audience eager for a moving performance. A hundred vocalists on the risers […]

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