What’s Good about Failure

In Girl Scout camp one summer, we were challenged with scaling the face of a rock wall using tethering equipment, a hope, and a dream. No safety nets. No trampoline at the bottom. No bed of Thin Mints to cushion any fall. Being the considerate girl that I was, I politely let all of the […]

What Leadership and Barry Manilow Have in Common

The year was 1978. I had just earned a coveted spot in the school talent show. I needed a groovy song. One that oozed with awesomeness. The choice was obvious. Manilow. (If you don’t know who Barry Manilow is, he’s just like Justin Timberlake…only cooler.) Yes, I was excited to show off my Saturday Night […]

It’s Not About the Money

“Mom, do we have enough money to buy this?” “This” was a $5 set of Pokemon cards. After sheepishly looking around Target to see who might have heard him, I grimaced at what I had been inadvertently teaching. Instead of my son asking, “How can I earn these cards?”, he asked, “Do we have enough?” […]

Leadership is Not About Your Title

I have been a member of a professional group for about 9 months. This group has “levels” that separate the beginners from the more experienced. When I joined, I received the ego stroke of qualifying for the “more experienced” level. I like ego stokes. They feel good. However, I hadn’t been getting emails to hang […]

How Vanna White Touching Letters Impacts Your Leadership

This past week, I figured my 10-year-old son was old enough to participate in a tradition in place for years in my family: shouting out the answers to the Wheel of Fortune puzzles. Yes, we are a wild and crazy bunch. While we watched, I explained to my son that Vanna‚Äôs job is to turn […]