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Exploring Beyond the Planned Path

Exploring Beyond the Planned Path

I was recently invited to be a guest on the All Things Risk podcast with Ben Cattaneo where he made an analogy that I quite liked and could identify with given my mountaineering background.  When discussing the unknowns of life and our careers, he likened our...

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Speak with Greater Confidence

Speak with Greater Confidence

An article in Nature Neuroscience led by Benedetto De Martino, a cognitive neuroscientist in the field of decision-making and neuroeconomics, states that the brain has direct links between knowing what you want and the ability to express it. His research demonstrated...

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You’re Human – Act Like It

You’re Human – Act Like It

It's okay to be human. In fact, it's critical. Effective leadership, or the ability to truly speak the language of leading, requires vulnerability – the willingness to remove the mask of perfection.  Those who are emotionally intelligent know that perfection or the...

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Language of Leading: The Core Values of John Keating

Language of Leading: The Core Values of John Keating

The character John Keating, played by Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society, is my role model. He encouraged his students to be authentic, innova­tive, and to find the courage to plot their own career paths. In my work with students and executives, my goal is...

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How’s Your Garden of Personal Improvement Coming?

How’s Your Garden of Personal Improvement Coming?

At this point in the summer, many of the gardening efforts made in the spring are coming to fruition – hopefully. Just as I hope you are enjoying fresh carrots, beets, tomatoes and all number of other vegetables and fruits, you can enjoy the “fruits” of thoughtful...

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Overcome Fear and Achieve Greater Heights

Overcome Fear and Achieve Greater Heights

What does it mean to truly overcome your fear? In a previous post, I introduced the incredible accomplishments of Yuichiro Miura, the oldest man to summit Mount Everest three times.  During a press conference announcing his admission into the Guinness Book of World...

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Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Too…

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Too…

“Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you…Anything you can be, I can be greater. Sooner or later I'm greater than you…” Many of us are familiar with these lyrics from Irving Berlin’s 1946 Broadway musical, Annie Get Your Gun.  The song...

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Inspire Like Michelangelo

Inspire Like Michelangelo

What does it mean to inspire? I think inspiration is something we often take for granted and I wanted to explore it further. Let's start with one of the holiest and most renown places in the world. The Vatican, in Rome, Italy attracts approximately five million...

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What the Language of Leading Looks Like

What the Language of Leading Looks Like

The Language of Leading - it's something to think about. In my book, A Climb to the Top, I spotlight a good friend and fine executive colleague of mine, Lou Eccleston, the CEO of Canada’s TMX Group.  His ability to communicate in a way that inspires change is...

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Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Just the Tip of the Iceberg

It’s just the tip of the iceberg. That phrase was ultimately what sunk the great Titanic. In the Spring of 1912, the “Unsinkable Ship” would make its maiden voyage – launching from Belfast, Ireland and set to arrive in New York City.  Considered a modern marvel at the...

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  • Exploring Beyond the Planned Path

    Exploring Beyond the Planned Path

    I was recently invited to be a guest on the All Things Risk podcast with Ben Cattaneo where he made an analogy that I quite liked and could identify with given my mountaineering background.  When discussing the unknowns of life and our careers, he likened our experiences to exploring a …
  • Speak with Greater Confidence

    Speak with Greater Confidence

    An article in Nature Neuroscience led by Benedetto De Martino, a cognitive neuroscientist in the field of decision-making and neuroeconomics, states that the brain has direct links between knowing what you want and the ability to express it. His research demonstrated that the more confidence a person had in his …
  • You’re Human – Act Like It

    You’re Human – Act Like It

    It’s okay to be human. In fact, it’s critical. Effective leadership, or the ability to truly speak the language of leading, requires vulnerability – the willingness to remove the mask of perfection.  Those who are emotionally intelligent know that perfection or the expectation of perfection is unrealistic. Revealing vulnerabilities is …