Entries categorized "Personal Risktaking"

Companies suffer when leaders and managers assume that someone is too young or too old to solve complex problems, collaborate in new ways, contribute to the innovative design of a product, or skillfully lead a process improvement project. Reinforcing age-related myths for targeted sectors of a workforce reduce real opportunities to raise the innovation bar for everyone, which is why I'm calling out ten age-related myths for the over forty crowd that we should debunk in 2017. Read more →


Hoffman's Downtown is one of my favorite places for breakfast in Santa Cruz. Although I certainly try out different dishes now and again, I still find myself returning to my favorite meal of eggs over easy. The chefs consistently get my eggs just right--they're credible in my eyes. What makes you credible in the eyes of others? Read more →


Entrepreneurial energy isn't always welcomed within an organization, especially when disrupting the status quo threatens those whose identities rest with the "as is" state. However, it's the enlightened leader and manager who discover innovative ways to tap and channel entrepreneurial moxie as part of a strategic advantage. They apply best-in-class change management techniques because they understand the importance that diversity of thought plays in the workplace. Read more →


Aging in place is a term that refers to someone living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they're able as they get older and their needs change; where they can have the things that they need in their daily life while maintaining their quality of life. Great when the time comes for a lifestyle shift, but not so great when designing your career strategy. Read more →


[Video] 10 Pivots to Juice the New Year

Here is our short end-of-year video to get the juices pumping for you--2016 is right around the corner! Why not check out our 8 minute video course 10 Pivots to Juice the New Year that includes voice narration and more teachable moments for you. How do YOU plan to juice the new year in your career, business, or your personal life? Read more →


Employee retention is one of those things that keeps talent managers and leadership teams awake at night. And for good reason. The other day I caught a SiliconBeat article about tech worker unhappiness despite the wage and hiring boom we’re experiencing in Santa Clara County—the strongest job market in the nation—with San Francisco-San Mateo area the fifth-strongest. Cities still struggling with unemployment and under-employment might think us spoiled and entitled, but if you scratch the surface and explore why tech workers are feeling restless these days, it might reflect a canary in the coal mine for non-tech workers as well. Among the key findings of the TINYpulse survey of 5,000 tech workers: Read more →


I was reminded of my 15-day rule for moving beyond setbacks from a former conference attendee who now uses this process for managing her perfectionist tendencies. She credits it for helping her to release, learn, and get closure on the emotional aspects of professional setbacks (it has always served me well). So, I thought this might be a good time to review the original post and convert it to an infographic. Read more →


The tension between deciding when to challenge a status quo and when to adapt to one certainly does keep life interesting. However, we hear less about the art of managing the creative tension associated with stepping up and outside our comfort zones—navigating an unfamiliar terrain that is oftentimes strewn with roadblocks, boulders, and pot holes—with that of getting along, being liked, and fitting in. Read more →


It's probably no coincidence that the same weekend I decide to prune my yard's over-grown bushes and pull weeds I also officially launch my newest training course Seeding Change: 60 Day Reinvention Challenge. Read more →


We all have a preferred means of managing our time. There are Planners and there are those who put things off until the last minute--the Procrastinators. A colleague of mine likes to think of himself as a mix of the two, but most of the time he’s a procrastinator until a looming deadline kicks his backside into action. I know others who plan everything out in scrupulous detail until they hit a speed bump and discover the importance of building in some flexibility. Read more →