Category Archives: inspiration

True Ambition

“Ambition is daring to follow your dream” Jenipher Lyn, author of “How Being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular Saved My Life” One thing I’ve learned from hundreds of clients is that you’ve gotta have ambition to keep the fire stoked. Not … Continue reading

10 Books That Changed My Work (And Me)

The right books at the right time change you. They make you think—or stop thinking and start feeling. They take you places you didn’t know were on your itinerary. There is no over-estimating the power of a perfectly-timed read. So … Continue reading

Personal Brand Splash: Michael Sam

Welcome to the first of an occasional series on unforgettable people—from quiet introverts to flamboyant newsmakers—making a splash with their personal brand. What will they have in common? Courage, authenticity and packing a few lessons the rest of us can … Continue reading

Magical Thinking

May the holidays and the New Year bring you the gift of magical thinking. May you suspend belief about limitations and start making your dreams come true. May you lift up one other person (or hundreds) with your certainty that … Continue reading

Our Mandela Legacy

A great light has left us. A powerful voice for—and enduring symbol of—equality, forgiveness, reconciliation and healing will speak no more. Many have and will continue to memorialize Nelson Mandela—the BBC gives a glimpse of both his public and more … Continue reading

Death Of An Artist

Charlie Trotter— chef extraordinaire, impresario and global innovator—died last week at 54. He was a general in the American culinary revolution, opening his Lincoln Park restaurant at a time when Chicago palates had just barely graduated from canned vegetables and … Continue reading

Genius or Genius Maker?

Liz Wiseman, in her book “Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” asked: Are you a genius or a genius maker? Watch this video and “meet” one of my favorite genius makers… 000000

Channeling Confidence

I love New York—it’s a place that oozes confidence. Kinky Boots-style confidence. So I am talking about how to get yourself some of THAT. 000000

Twitch vs Epic

When should you make a small move–and when should you shoot for epic? 000000

Summertime Treats

August is here! Time to savor vacations, ice cream, salt water, family reunions, lake cottages, picnics (and music) under the stars. This year, I’m trying something different. For the first time in four years of blogging—I’m taking a mini-break for … Continue reading