Insights For Individuals

Soft Focus

A friend sent me this article on Obliquity, a new book by John Kay of the Oxford Business School. The article suggests that having a focus other than happiness actually gives us much more access to happiness. It also suggests that taking good care of your customers, rather than focusing on profits, is a much …

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Urgent Distractions

Yesterday a client (who agreed to my writing this) came to me with a lot of emotion around work. In fact, the communication was so urgent, so emphatic, that I might have thought the client was in danger of being fired. As we talked it became clear, little by little, that the work issues were …

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Being Yourself and Getting Promoted

I love this Fast Company article titled, “Eight Things You Can Learn About Success From Lady Gaga.” Specifically I am drawn to things #3 and #4 which I take to mean be yourself and connect with people. Several of my clients came to me, frustrated at work, because they were afraid to be themselves. Working …

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Taking It Easy as a Success Strategy

On February 28th, the New York Times had a great article on self-compassion: “Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges.” I loved the article because it is such a good example of what coaching, specifically life coaching, is about. I work with high-achieving women. And when I see someone who is stuck, …

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The Post-Enjolie Feminist

A year and a half ago my coach asked me, “What is it to be a powerful woman?” Given how long it’s taken to find the answer, I’d have to start with, “Respecting a feminine process, gestation, versus a masculine one, pulling the trigger. This week, in a conversation with a man, I had to …

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The Discomfort Zone

One of my clients sent me this article, then my husband left the hard copy on my desk. I guess they know what I like! The attached article from last Saturday’s New York Times, “Tiptoeing Out of One’s Comfort Zone” talks about how we are at our most productive when we are feeling just slightly …

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When Inaction Poses the Greatest Risk

Last Monday’s New York Times had an article entitled “When Self-Knowledge is only the Beginning” about the limits of self-awareness. I love what this article says — that knowing why you are stuck or depressed doesn’t, in an of itself, resolve the problem. This goes to the heart of coaching. Coaches assume that you need …

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Cooking With Earplugs

A few weeks ago, between her birthday in early December and Christmas, my daughter had a bad couple of days. She was overstimulated with gifts, sweets, anticipation, expectation and reality. One evening after 36 hours of almost constant whining or tantrums, and repeated attempts to soothe her, I checked out. Making dinner, I decided I …

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