Making it Real: What Are You Doing?

Making it RealThis year has been amazing in the people I met and the conversations I’ve had. I learned so much from simply listening. After a challenging time of scheduling one particular call (it took us over 3 months to get our calendars aligned), it was finally the day to connect with Kevin Susman and I am so glad I did. We had no agenda apart from learning about what we are creating in the world. He shared with me that many years ago he had that job everyone wanted, except for him. Don’t get me wrong. He loved what he did but it forced him to choose work over his family. Continue reading

Making Work Suck Less

Bill Jensen is one of those guys that has helped many people when it comes to re-inventing work and making it simpler. Like him, I am a big believer in the fact that work does not have to be so complex and that we lost some common sense when it comes to business these days. We all know that people are what make up most organizations’ success or failure and yet, fear led by a few at the top continues to rule too many people’s lives.

Organizations spend months recruiting and enticing the top talent. Many even broadcast it over many channels when they manage to get them in the front door. Continue reading

Join Me on my Journey to Make Magic Happen

magicOne of my favorite ways of looking at the world is when one door closes, two windows open. Who said we should only walk through doors? Yes, I like shaking it up. Why else are we here?

I have been hearing people talk about what’s on their bucket list for years. It ranges from jumping out of planes–with a parachute–to having the trip to Paris they have always dreamed of. It is a list of stuff they want to do some day. The ultimate goal is to check as many items off the list before you die.

Is that really the way to have a full life? Live for what you want to do? Sure, it works for some people and they feel a sense of accomplishment to declare to the world that they have jumped from that plane and are still alive to go tick off more bucket list items or feel their vision board led them to success. As we age, we realize that the only certainty we have is that one day we will die. But we are the ones passing through time and every person’s clock is unique to them. Continue reading

Do You Want to Live in a Cookie Cutter World?

Art = WorkIf your work was more than a job or a place to go, what would you want to create? What world do you want to live in?

My generation has been sold a bill of goods. Here is the story we were sold:

  1. Have lots of friends. Be popular at school.
  2. Get good grades. Graduate.
  3. Get an education. Get a degree or two or three.
  4. Date. Meet good prospects who can provide and find the one that could be a “good” partner.
  5. Get a job so and have a great career.
  6. Marry. Have children. Make sure to have work-life balance.
  7. Climb the corporate ladder. Make sure to have work-life balance. Continue reading

Are You Numbing Yourself with Busy?

Numbing Ourselves with BusyHave you noticed how busy everyone seems to be these days? We are so busy doing, achieving, tweeting, following, emailing, texting, connecting, keeping up and just working. And yes, we live in a 24/7 world. But it was the light bulb that changed the game in terms of  having light when we wanted. It was never social media and technology that made us busier. That is merely an illusion.

Choices have always been available to us. With growing fear in the workplace, people are putting more hours into work and have a false sense they need to be available whenever the job requires. Mantras like work-life balance make many resentful when they work on the weekends and know they simply need to work the hours to keep their jobs. And the older generation is befuddled by the younger generation who looks at this work reality and thinks it’s ridiculous. They see the world as life-work; a means to an end. They are not all defined by what they want to do but how they want to live. Continue reading

Doing the Hard Work: Saying No to Instant Gratification

Instant Gratification: Not!Have you ever experienced life as a big roller coaster ride?

Recently, there have been days when the ride has been blissful and then there were those really scary moments when you get to the top of the roller coaster and that sudden, fast swoosh sound from the wheels of the car below (or on top?) makes your insides feel like they are about to explode and you let out that gut wrenching scream. Sound familiar? Doesn’t it feel better after you get to yell at the top of your lungs?

We want to take a risk. We doubt. We fear. We feel overwhelmed. We second guess. We look for answers from others. We want to learn how they did it. We try their 7-step quick fix. We realize it may work for them but not us. Continue reading

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