Personal effectiveness

Gut Check-Patterns Tell You

Without much notice we slip into patterns. Routines are helpful. Consistency can be comforting. But within those patterns of ours we can find signs about where change may be needed. So look back on some of your patterns, and discover what you’ll do differently going forward.

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5 Precious Lessons of 2017

As the year comes to a close. As I entertain old friends visiting from abroad. As I savor hot days frolicking with my young sons in our back yard pool.  As I step back and breathe, giving myself time to recharge after a rather exhausting year filled with new opportunity and creative collaboration. I feel…excited.…

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My 5 Surprising Lessons from 2017

Like so many of you, I like to end my year with a little introspection before I rush ahead to the next. This year I flipped back through my calendar to remind myself of everything that happened. Wow, what a year! I earn my living advising and coaching others, but the most gratifying thing about…

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Change Your Life: Be a Grace Spotter

Grace. It’s one of those words you find yourself looking up. And then feeling silly for doing so. Of course you know what “grace” is, right? There’s the “gracious host” or the “graceful dancer”. But when trying to picture an everyday version of grace – of grace at work — we draw a blank. Like…

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Little Tricks, Big Treats

October has been all about masks here: the masks we wear in our workplace that make us feel stronger, more capable – safer. As we said at the start of the month: “We all have masks we wear, personas we adopt. But some feel like an extension of ourselves and some like an imposition on…

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Be Very Afraid: How Our Fears Can Work For Us

There’s one statement we at BraveShift hardly hear spoken in workplaces. And yet it echoes off the halls. Silent and yet screamed, absent and yet everywhere, it’s as simple and familiar as it is taboo. A phrase we can probably remember saying when we were children – when Dad turned the lights off at bedtime,…

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Biggest Career Mistake You Can Make: Faking It

Imposter syndrome — once the subject of academic conferences – is now at epidemic levels. Apparently, many of us sit at our desks feeling inherently ill-equipped, ill-prepared, illegitimate. Waiting to be found out. In this era of “fake news”, we apparently all feel like fakes. I get it. Sadly, I’ve lived it. For a significant…

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What CEOs and Interns Have Most In Common

Mostly they fall from cliffs or ledges having strayed from the public trails, according to the shuttle bus driver. Well, dozens fall each year but only a handful lose their lives. I thought about what a terrible shame that would be as I watched a group of day hikers descending into the canyon below. It…

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