8 Ways We Experience Criticism
Passion, Never Quench Its Flame
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” – Ferdinand Foch When my daughter was 14 years old, we went to Spain together. It is a very special memory. I always love travelling with my daughter. Whether on a road trip or exploring different regions, it’s easy being her travelling companion. […]
Silence Your Self-Critic
I was in the 2nd grade and my teacher was teaching us about impromptu speaking. She wrote questions on pieces of paper and put it in a container. Each one of us took one of the pieces and had a few minutes to prepare our thoughts to speak in front of the class for 30 […]
Judging others is really easy to do.
A person I’m quite close to recently said to me, “I feel like you’re judging me.” I paused, quickly asked myself if there was any truth in that phrase, and, with sadness, responded, “Yes, that’s true. I’m judging you. I’m sorry.” It was a weird feeling to be called on it. I could’ve justified […]
We are ever evolving and changing. The dictionary defines evolving: “to develop or achieve gradually.” How recent has it been since you found out something new about yourself? In 2015, I was invited to a Strengthsfinder seminar that the Gumpert Foundation was hosting in Encinitas, CA. If you’ve not done a Strengthsfinder assessment, I’d highly recommend it. It’s an […]
Belief systems that hold us back
So if a dog bites you ONCE, will you never trust a dog again? Well, sometimes that’s exactly what happens. Let’s pretend you’re two years old and a big spotted dog bites you. That’s quite scary and traumatic for a little toddler. Without fully being aware, that little person creates a belief system and might […]
A Measure of Sacrifice is Required
What are you willing to give up in order to pursue what you really want? What are you willing to let go of for the sake of your dream? What might you have to leave behind because it’s not helping you get where you want to go? A key ingredient to an entrepreneur’s success […]
HEY YOU, THE LEADER, KNOW YOUR GUIDING VALUES!
I came across a document I wrote on January 1, 2008, expounding on my three guiding values. I was immediately curious to read it – wondering if it still resonated within me. The answer?… YES!! Isn’t it incredible that guiding values live inside us regardless of the changes of life, new chapters, same […]
INNOVATORS SPIT ON WORRY AND CARRY ON
What makes us shrink back or hold back? When I’m hanging out with my wisest friends (who are 70 years and older), I notice a common occurrence: they are less affected by circumstances. They carry an acceptance about where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing in that very moment. All that […]
I AM A GUINEA PIG. (what separates entrepreneurs from other types of business leaders)
I can see why people choose not to make high-risk decisions: it’s unpredictable with no guarantees. If I said to you (cyber invisible person), “Eat this roast beef dinner every day and you’ll lose 10 pounds.” You would say, “How do you know?” I would say, “I’m not 100% sure. Looks like […]
CAREFREE or CARELESS?
(photo by: Alex Pham) I have a memory. I was a little girl and my mom was going to the grocery store. I asked her if my friend and I could go to the park and play in the wading pool while she went to get groceries. She agreed and dropped us off. […]
ENABLING IN THE WORKPLACE
ENABLING IN THE WORKPLACE In the last article I shared my personal reflections and experience surrounding the topic of enabling. Let’s translate this hurdle of enabling into the workplace. What does it look like when someone begins to enable? I want you to fill in the blanks before you continue reading. Humor me, pretend […]
Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the topic of enabling. What I write in this article is my perception and perspective. I’m not a medical expert and do not have university psychological training. I’m reflecting on the word “enabling” based on my experience and my conduct. I’ve grown in leaps and bounds but on […]
WHERE IS YOUR HEART?
The queen of hearts has been an icon I carry with me since Sept 30 2002. It reminds me to live from my heart, always. Where is your heart? As in, that on which your life centers? Have you ever said the phrase, “My heart says one thing, but my mind thinks differently.” […]
YOUR ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY
If you could take 6 months off with unlimited resources, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? 1. _____ Rest and relax and enjoy not having any pressing responsibilities 2. _____ Plan an outdoor excursion: _____________________________________ 3. _____ Enjoy your community with a ‘staycation’ 4. _____ Invest in your hobby: […]
WHAT ARE YOUR NON-NEGOTIABLES? They play an important part in your contribution.
I’ve been thinking about my line of work and what makes me so unbelievably passionate about what I do. As I reflect, there’s four non-negotiables that are important to me when working with teams, leaders and organizations. What are your non-negotiables? What is the contribution you bring to your work that is vital […]
CATHERINE WEMETTE: Talks About Dreams
DREAMS: CREATING YOUR DREAM WORLD By: Catherine Wemette I’d like to introduce you to my gregarious dreamer friend, Catherine Wemette from Washington, DC. Catherine and I worked together at John Fluevog Shoes. And now we are chasing dreams together in the world of business! Catherine leads a successful facilitation and project management company called Good For […]
CHARACTER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN REPUTATION (and here’s why…)
One thing I have learned over the years is this: character is more important than reputation. I’m not the only one who holds this stance. I think those who know what it’s like to endure hardship relate to me. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and […]
RECEIVE THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS
So, you’re in leadership. You have weighty responsibilities. People look to you for solutions and successful outcomes. Currently, you’re somewhat concerned. You’re looking at the outgoing and incoming dollars, and you’re not sure about the best plan to execute. What’s next? How do you make sure this next phase is more successful than the […]
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
(photo by: Robert Faric) The question I want to know is: What do you want? I’ve observed that it’s easier for us to list what we don’t want. But can we truly list what we want? Can we speak it forth? Can we proclaim without apology? Do you think it’s selfish to “want”? […]