Sometimes You Need to Go Slow, to Go Fast

Sometimes You Need to Go Slow, to Go Fast

Cato was a gift, although I didn’t know that for a long time.  After two years of searching for the perfect endurance horse, I discovered Cato in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains. He came from a herd owned by one of America’s  top ten endurance riders. A proven 100-mile horse, he had a short but impressive enduranceContinue Reading

That Vision Thing

That Vision Thing

Most executives I know are skilled at the ‘we’ vision – that which inspires an organization, major donors or investors, and stakeholders. They’ve helped create it, they live and breathe it, and are truly accomplished at galvanizing others around that ‘we’ vision. In fact, no smart leader would consider developing a strategic or business planContinue Reading

A Bucket or a Basket?  Where Do You Put Your Dreams?

A Bucket or a Basket? Where Do You Put Your Dreams?

Every leader needs a bucket list. It’s a helpful concept that can encourage us to be forward-thinking, stretch outside our comfort zone, and set goals. Bucket lists also have some drawbacks: They can keep us focused on what we haven’t – instead of what we have – accomplished. They can get out of hand –Continue Reading

Get The Most Out of Your Coaching Sessions!

Get The Most Out of Your Coaching Sessions!

After years of coaching both nonprofit and for-profit leaders, I’ve witnessed what successful individuals do to get the most out of working with a coach. Perhaps the most important element to your success is the attitude you bring. Coaching is an investment in you – either by your board of directors, boss, or yourself. It’s primarilyContinue Reading

Coaching Aligns Personal and Professional Goals

Coaching Aligns Personal and Professional Goals

Lynne Taddeo Kjolso had many reasons for pursuing leadership coaching. As a Senior Director at Microsoft, Lynne currently leads the international Global Search and Display Services team from London. She works remotely and often communicates and make decisions while traveling. Lynne utilizes her leadership skills in a complex environment and receives positive feedback on her abilities. Yet, she wanted a deeper understanding ofContinue Reading

Leadership Coaching Gives Your Leadership Some ‘Ooomph!’

Leadership Coaching Gives Your Leadership Some ‘Ooomph!’

I decided to hire a leadership coach because I’m executive director for Westside Baby, a non-profit company that is rapidly expanding. I’m trained in law, not business management. I found that my background helped me be an excellent boss, but I could learn to be a better manager. I decided that leadership coaching would helpContinue Reading

The Teaching Power of Horses

The Teaching Power of Horses

Steve Cooper, CEO of TrueBlue, had planned a three day offsite retreat at Willows Lodge when he discovered the option to do a leadership workshop with horses.  He was eight months into the re-branding of his company, pulling several individual companies under one name. The team, who came from many different backgrounds and locations, hadContinue Reading

Horses Help Bring A Medical Team Together

Horses Help Bring A Medical Team Together

(This is the second part of a two part article) After working with Amanda on a governance retreat, I asked her to put together a team building and leadership session with horses. I had a fractured team, made up of both old and new staff members.  They just weren’t jelling. I had recently hired aContinue Reading

Transitioning with Grace

Transitioning with Grace

I was transitioning out of my position as executive director of Groundwire when my board hired Amanda as a transition coach. I had resigned my position, and planned to spend my last six weeks as executive director working to position the organization for success in moving forward. I wanted to do it as professionally asContinue Reading

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