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Learning the ABCs of Awakening a New Leader in You

With the kids back to school, I thought this is a good opportunity for us adults to do some of our own learning. So, I'm sending you to leadership school — giving you my personal ABC's of how to be the most effective leader possible.

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What Should You Do When You Can't Be Yourself at Work

Ever wonder what you should do when you can't be your whole, authentic self at work or in other environments, such as with certain friends or family members?

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Be Proud of YOU — Being “Different” Enhances Your Work and Leadership

If you’ve always felt a little different, or maybe not “normal” (whatever that means), you may think you can’t fully be yourself at work, like you have to pretend to be someone else or “tone down” your personality in order to be accepted into the company fold.

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Why Do I Love Working with Many? It’s the Humanity of it All

When I started my coaching practice three years ago, I quickly realized that it could be a very lonely profession. I found myself coaching individual clients, with no day-to-day peer contact, no collective projects, and nobody to share impressions with or seek advice from.

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Science is Progress — Even in Business

With vaccines really picking up in many countries, we are beginning to feel some relief and see a possible retreat of the ongoing COVID pandemic — and who do we have to thank most? Who has not only helped protect us, and are now helping to save us? The science community.

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Science Will Save Us — and It Will Make You a Better Leader

As we round the corner of a pandemic winter and turn our (still masked) faces toward the emerging spring sun, we have an international community of scientists to thank. They’ve worked tirelessly to save humanity, despite facing brutal questioning of their integrity and validity.

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In Power, Yes! Empowerment, No Thanks!

Lately I’ve become sensitive to many buzzwords in business literature, and frankly, at times irritated. In particular, the words empowerment, empowering, and empowered bother me. This being Women’s History Month, it’s the perfect time to explore why words that are so well-intentioned don’t leave me with a positive impression.

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All You Need is Love — Even in Business

I’m feeling like I want to reflect on love. It’s February, and it’s also my birth month — the perfect time to share my thoughts on the power of love in my life. So, I’m writing this letter to you to consider, or re-consider, leading with your heart.

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Dear Melissa: A Letter Encouraging You to Define Your Own Power

Watching the secretary to Governor Cuomo brought out the coach in me. New York is a tough place to establish leadership, especially in politics.

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Women are Successfully Leading Countries — So Why Aren't They Leading More Companies?

As New Zealand’s “Beehive” rattled during a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, Jacinda Ardern remained unshaken during a live interview. She calmly stated that indeed, there was an earthquake, reassuring viewers “we’re fine… we’re in a structurally-sound place,” as she flashed her Cheshire Cat smile.

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Coaching for freedom to lead

This morning, I woke up with an urge to talk to you about coaching and freedom. Before I became an executive coach, I had a long career as a corporate executive. In that role, I was driven to deliver tangible results, on time and under budget.

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