Restoring your energy to be better than before for you and your family

Restoring your energy to be better than before for you and your family

As parents, we can all get exhausted daily to say the least. Whether you’re a parent of one 2-year-old or parent of four kids under the age of 9 (like how my mom and dad once were when my siblings and I were all little), you get tired from a range of a little to A LOT every day. Believe me, I’ve been there (daily) and I’m a mom of just one toddler.

That said, maintaining your energy as a parent is critical. Your time is precious with your child(ren), and you want to be “present” and fully engaged as much as you can with him/her/them daily. When you’re exhausted, though, you may (as I’ve been doing lately when I’m exhausted) throw on “Thomas and Friends” or “Sesame Street” instead of reading their favorite book for the millionth time or playing with Legos together.

Purpose-Driven Artist: Bert in the Movie Mary Poppins ​

Purpose-Driven Artist: Bert in the Movie Mary Poppins  

 

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo!

I does what I likes, and I likes what I do

Today I'm a screever, and as you can see
A screever's an artist of 'ighest degree
And it's all me own work from me own memory

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo!
I draws what I likes, and I likes what I drew

No remuneration do I ask of you
But me cap would be glad of a copper or two
Me cap would be glad of a copper or two

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo!
La dum, da da dum, da da da da dum
Mmm hmm...

Your Purpose Defined in Four Questions or Less

Your Purpose Defined in Four Questions or Less

According to Dr. Farrah Gray, a leadership speaker I hosted when I oversaw the Office of Leadership Development at Temple University ten years ago, there are the top two most important days of your life. The first is the day you were born. (Makes sense, right?) But the second, is the day you realize why you were born.

The question remains, then, have you lived the second most important day of your life?

If you haven’t, I’m here to help.

The Equation: Life's Formula to Reach Your Full Potential (Chapter 1 Preview)

The Equation: Life's Formula to Reach Your Full Potential (Chapter 1 Preview)

The term, “recovering perfectionists,” a concept I first learned from author Brene Brown in 2012, is one with which I identify very much. As such, I probably should not be writing a “self-help” book because I should know by now that you’re never going to ever fully “have it all together” or really ever “reach your full potential.”

A New Leadership Equation

A New Leadership Equation

Picture this: You're a promising entry-level employee who just was promoted and asked to lead your peers in a new project management assignment that would be guaranteed to challenge anyone - especially one new to the role. As an "accidental project manager," naturally, you're nervous, questioning whether you're ready to take on this new opportunity. You're desperate for guidance, but your Project Sponsor is the hands-off type who trusts you'll just get the job done and meet her expectations. You know you need someone in your corner, and some key leadership principles to guide you throughout the process. Google is great, but it's hard to know what's relevant, realistic and reliable. You are feeling lost on where to go next.

Top 5 Tips to Always Lead with Strengths

Top 5 Tips to Always Lead with Strengths

One of the three parts of The Equation, or formula to live your best life and reach your full potential, is to Lead with Strengths. With an understanding that Leadership = Conviction x Action and Strengths = Investment x Talent, Leading with Strengths can sometimes be easier said than done. Often times challenges (whether project-based or people-based) prevent us from utilizing our strengths or put our passions into motion. This can leave us frustrated and deflated. To prevent these feelings and put you in a positive direction on a straight and narrow path to reach your full potential, here are my top 5 tips for leading with strengths.

Building a Strengths-based Partnership

Building a Strengths-based Partnership

I recently had a great coaching session with a client, during which I introduced him to The Equation, my philosophy and approach to  reaching your full potential, and debriefed his CliftonStrengths report. Many insights were gleaned from that conversation, and one of them was that it would be very beneficial for his fiancee and business partner to take the CliftonStrengths assessment as well. With an understanding of her unique talents, my client could understand how to apply The Equation to that cherished relationship. After his fiancee took the assessment and sent me her finding we had a coaching call together and three key things became evident.

The Equation in Action

The Equation in Action

Picture this: You're a promising entry-level employee who just was promoted and asked to lead your peers in a new project management assignment that would be guaranteed to challenge anyone - especially one new to the role. As an "accidental project manager," naturally, you're nervous, questioning whether you're ready to take on this new opportunity. You're desperate for guidance, but your project sponsor is the hands-off type who trusts you'll just get the job done and meet her expectations. You know you need someone in your corner, and some key leadership principles to guide you throughout the process, but are lost on where to go next...