5 Strengths of the Introvertish Professional

March 28, 2019

Fashion designer and genius artist/writer/film director, Tom Ford, is a closet introvert. Only he’s out of the closet now. But people still think he loves to party. He admitted to being a loner in a 2011 The Talks interview. “Because of my job people think I am out every night, but I really hate all […]


5 Strategies to Recession Proof Your Career

March 9, 2019

I am loving this business boom. Yet it feels like everyone is jumpy about the economy; I have not forgotten what’s it like to be laid off from a job where you’ve been a consistent high performer. [I was going to quit academentia, anyway.] The time to fill your pantry (and wine cellar) is before […]


For Different Outcomes Ask Different Questions

March 2, 2019

You can actually¬†make¬†your world better right now by choosing different words to describe it. Yes, it’s true. Next time someone asks how you’re doing, answer with a better choice. If you usually say “I’m okay” next time say “Unexpectedly well, thank you!” If you normally say “I’m doing great” next time say something like “It’s […]


Crush Your Next High-Stakes Conversation

February 24, 2019

While any conversation is an opportunity to learn and to build relationships, some have more at stake: your next career step, a sale (earmarked for your orthodontist), financing your start-up, or that new hire all come to mind. If you think about it, most good things manifest through conversations. A high-stakes conversation is one where […]


Fixing Difficult People

February 16, 2019

What it takes to fix people Do people call you to fix their computers, their companies, their finances? I get calls to fix people: an unintended consequence of choosing to be a communication coach. The irony is that these difficult people that need “fixing” actually consider YOU to be the problem. You can’t actually fix […]