Collaboration Bolsters Business

OpEd originally published in the Phoenix Business Journal,  November 17, 2017. The Phoenix Business Journal regularly publishes stories about diverse segments of our economy and digs deeper to reveal the picture behind the data. A recent email featured an article by senior reporter Angela Gonzales with the headline “Economic Impact of Arizona’s women- and minority-owned firms exceeds $1B.” Enthusiasm…

Five Ways to Tap Into Your Resilience

“Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug.” – The Bug – Mary Chapin CarpenterThis song by Mary Chapin Carpenter came to mind lately. Recently, I could relate to that bug – the deaths of family members, a series of near-catastrophic mishaps in our home, two beloved pets dying unexpectedly, receiving word of a disappointing conclusion…

Comfort Kills Great Leaders

A leader making business decisions based on being comfortable is like a couch potato trying to run a marathon. A comfortable leader will always underperform in a competitive environment. A comfortable team will likely feel good but miss opportunities. In more than 27 years in the commercial insurance industry working with mid-sized to jumbo domestic…

Leadership Lessons During Crisis

  This article was posted on the Huffington Post. In May 2016, it became clear my father’s health was declining. He lived a significant distance away from his eight children. Three of us traveled to evaluate his situation and ensure he received help. This initial intervention began a difficult road of navigating Dad’s health care,…

How to Enhance Your Executive Presence (Part 3)

In Part One “How to Enhance Your Executive Presence,” you inventoried your strengths and received feedback on how others view your strengths. In Part Two, you took a closer look at the expectations of individuals with executive presence and compared your strengths with those expectations. You are now stronger than ever and ready to dig…