As an executive coach, I believe that leadership skills are never fully mastered.  And as leaders, we never reach our full potential. I share these edu-tainment articles to help you purposefully pursue your potential as a leader.





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The Starfish Story


Purpose is one of three critical components for personal drive. Any of us can get through life without a clear sense of purpose. If you’re willing to settle for just getting by is OK, read no further. Or, if you’d prefer to experience days with more meaning, fulfillment and perhaps, here’s some food for thought.

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Your Magic Lantern Awaits

Magic Lantern

As we progress to adulthood, we abandon our dreams of finding a magic lamp and Genie. After all, pursuing impossible dreams is a futile activity. So we suppress our desire to dream. While it’s healthy to suppress our expectations for an all-serving and powerful Genie to appear. It’s not healthy to abandon our desire to dream and make wishes. Isn’t that really about abandoning hope?

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More Fun than a Tree Full of Monkeys

Monkeys in Tree

“An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. Some monkeys are climbing up, some down. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see…”

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