The Art of Encouragement

The dictionary defines encouragement as, “the act of inspiring courage and confidence.” Genuine encouragement is not idle flattery nor is it pity. It is instead the transfer of courage from one person to another. It is a firm reminder of the teacher’s confidence in the student’s talents, strengths, resources and opportunities. When that confidence is […]

Personal Bank Account

PBA Deposits: Keep promises to yourself. Do small acts of kindness. Be gentle with yourself. Be honest. Renew yourself. Tap into your talents. PBA Withdrawals: Break personal promises. Keep to yourself. Beat yourself up. Be dishonest. Wear yourself out. Neglect your talents. What does your personal bank account look like?

Baby Steps Into Success

1. The next time you look in the mirror say something positive about yourself. 2. Show appreciation for someone’s point of view today. Say something like, “Hey, that is a cool idea.” 3. Think of a limiting paradigm you might have of yourself, such as, “I’m not outgoing.” Now, do something today that totally contradicts […]

Brave Leadership

There’s no question that it’s easier to manage a “fitting-in” culture. You set standards and rules. You lead by “put up or shut up.” But you miss real opportunities – especially helping your team members find their purpose. When you push a “fitting-in culture” you miss the opportunity to help people find their personal drive […]


“Incivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members’ sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness. Belittling and demeaning comments, insults, and other rude behavior can deflate confidence, sink trust, and erode helpfulness – even for those who aren’t the target of these behaviours.”  By Christine Porath, of Georgetown University, in Brene Brown’s, Braving […]


Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs, and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process….(Civility) is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work of staying present even with […]

Change Begins Within You

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world; As I grew older and wiser I realized the world would not change. And I decided to shorten my sights somewhat and change only my country. But it too seemed immovable. As I entered my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I […]