A client recently wanted to problem-solve for working four days a week, but when she started explaining the problem, it wasn’t about the load of her days or how many days a […]
Self-Worth and the Floors and Ceilings Metaphor
I’d like to float the idea that self-worth is a fundamentally different thing from self-esteem or confidence. People talk about these ideas as if they were each one and the same. But […]
Strategies For Thriving In A Remote Workplace With ADD & ADHD
Learning earlier this year that I had Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) changed a lot for me. I finally realized that I was not a “bad worker” or didn’t have a “work ethic”. […]
Is the Scope of Your World Too Big?
I ran across a few lines from Co-Active Leadership* that have been working through my soul for the last few weeks. In Co-Active Leadership, responsibility has two important parts: Being response-able: able […]
How Much Is Indecision Costing You?
How much is indecision draining your mental and emotional energy? I don’t think we consider that question enough when we’re in a stalled decision-making scenario. Too often, we’re in a position where we’re […]
What’s the Real Goal Here?
Last month I shared how I had been struggling to establish a daily writing practice. It’s a goal that I’d put on my monthly project list again and again but never seem […]
A Look Inside the Start Finishing Field Guide: On the Path to Your Best Work
“Projects are mirrors because they reflect back to us what’s really going on in our inner and outer worlds; projects are bridges because it’s only by doing them that we create the […]
Is Your Goal-Setting Including Your Dreams?
As you can probably imagine, I end up in a lot of goal-setting conversations with our clients, PFA members, and team. I love these conversations because of how much they reveal about […]
A Simple Exercise for Burnout Recovery
Last summer Charlie and I led a webinar to help leaders identify and scale back burnout on their teams. The experience, and gathering so much fresh input, was enlightening to those involved […]
What Traumatic Brain Injury Has Taught Me about Self-Compassion
We know statistically people forget more than they think they do. Our bias is to believe that we’re mostly on target, correct, or in the right, when it comes to our memory. […]
How a Timer Helps You Practice Better Boundaries
If you’re anything like me, you have trouble keeping up with the day as it flies by in front of you. You wake up, scroll through your phone for 20 minutes while […]
Empower Your Team (and Yourself) by Asking for Help
Ever since I was a child, I’ve put the needs of others before my own. I’m a Type Two on the Enneagram — the Helper — and I’ve always been highly sensitive […]
Let the Process Be a Process — And Don’t Forget to Play
When people come to me for advice, certain themes tend to come up time and again from different voices, across livelihoods, and types of projects. Whether it be business thought leaders, writers, […]
How to Push Through a Plateau
Picture this: You’re on a hike, gradually going up and up and up… and it’s getting hard. Sweat is dripping down your back, your hamstrings are on fire, and you already wish […]
Stop Giving Into Imposter Syndrome and Start Giving Yourself Permission to Flourish
What would shift for you if you spent more time doing what you’re called to do instead of asking for permission to do it? Today’s atomic essay is about how I caught […]
We Need More Brave People, Not More Smart People
If searching for the smartest next move is keeping you stuck, focus on your most courageous next step instead. It’s hard to outsmart a problem that’s needing more heart. There’s no shortage […]
Do You Resist Projects That Are Easy?
A lot of people struggle not because they can’t imagine how what they’re struggling with could be easy, but because they’re uncomfortable with it being easy. So I ask: what’s wrong with […]
Unleash Yourself: How To Make Your Next Interview Your Best Interview
All too often, we make ourselves fit available options rather than making options fit us. It’s true of job-searching, partner-seeking, or life-building. I believe that we are better served when we flip […]