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51 Life Lessons from a 51 Year Old Woman

This year I turned 51 (ARGH!) and I remember being 21 like yesterday (note to self invest in great eye cream). What have been my greatest life lessons? Who do I want to be? What do I want to stand for with this limited time left in my life (I am still young!)? How can […]

The 10 Habits of Courageous Women – Sonia McDonald

What does it mean to be courageous? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind is someone who has overcome a great tragedy or challenge. While this is undoubtedly one aspect of courage, there are other habits that courageous women exhibit on a daily basis. Courage can mean many different things. It can […]

FIND YOUR VOICE (SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS)

I was pumped. 300 people were about to enter this amazing event where I was the keynote speaker. Nerves. Excitement. Adrenaline. I needed to breath. I said to the AV guy – can we check the slides and music just one more time. He smiled – of course we can! Next to me was my […]

Importance of Kindness at Work

When you think of traditional office culture, there are many things that are given importance above being kind. In fact, kindness isn’t even on the radar a lot of the time. Why do we see kindness as a weakness when it is a superpower. Being competitive, a little arrogant, bullish and other not-so-positive traits are […]

How to Harness the Mighty Power of Self Affirmations

When we talk about self-affirmations, there will always be people who agree that self-affirmations really do work and those who don’t believe in that wishy-washy kind of stuff. I’m in the group that believes that self-affirmations do actually work and can be a way for leaders to become more successful, kind, courageous and empathetic. In […]

12 Rules of Kindness – Rule 7: Celebrate wins, even if they aren’t your own

When I look at leadership today, it concerns me. It concerns my team, my daughter, my peers and those I care about. At times we can get despondent about leadership and who we see leading our companies, communities and countries especially in the media. In turn, we still see and hear stories of poor leadership, […]

12 Rules of Kindness – Rule 6: Encourage others to succeed

Rule 6: Encourage others to succeed Encouraging others to succeed is provided through coaching and coaching happens every day in a number of situations including the workplace. There are many coaching opportunities during the daily interaction between leaders and their team members, and being a great leader means identifying and taking advantage of these moments […]

Zoom, I Think We Might Need To Break Up

Zoom, I Think We Might Need To Break Up Zoom I don’t know how to tell you this so I will come straight out and say it. I want to break up with you as I am don’t know if we are working. Or maybe I am just not that into you. I am sorry […]

12 Rules of Kindness – Rule 5 – Manners

Rule 5: Manners cost nothing but mean everything Having good manners means acting in a manner that is socially acceptable and respectful to others. In my book First Comes Courage, I highlight the importance of the way we conduct ourselves or, our manner as a leader. I note that Leadership is an attitude, and courage is an […]