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The Link Between Overhelping, Stress and Feeling Out of Balance

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Have you ever considered that your desire to help others, combined with the urge for everyone to be happy and possibly a fear of not being liked, might be the root cause of your stress and life's imbalance? Today, let's delve into the intricate link between empathy, stress management, and achieving a harmonious work-life balance.

As an authentic business and leadership coach, I've seen how empathy, while a profoundly beautiful trait, can become a double-edged sword. Empathy enables us to unders…

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Courage to Change: Ancient Wisdom Applied to Authentic Leadership

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Change is a constant we all face in life. 

Learning how to ride the waves of change and navigate the shifting waters brings us into harmony with life so we can partner with it instead of fighting it. This series of Courage to Change wisdom lessons will bring you new insight into how to live a life that moves you consistently toward greater harmony with life itself. The level of harmony we have internally measures the level of influence and impact that have on ourselves and the world around us.

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Lead Like You Mean It: The Foundation of Authentic Leadership

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Have you ever noticed that some leaders are highly effective, while others seem to actually draw those around them backwards?

What is an Authentic Leader?

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Authentic Leaders are highly influential and impactful in the best ways. I define an authentic leader as one who desires to lead with a heart of service, with a spirit of curiosity, trust, and respect, and grows their leadership ability through personal growth and d…

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Morning Mastery for Authentic Leaders: Balanced Mornings = Balanced Days

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How to Increase Balance and Have Less Hectic Days

(Update from the original post: March 2, 2020)

As a leader juggling numerous responsibilities, you likely find yourself trying to balance an endless task list, an overflowing email inbox, and the aspiration to be the parent you deeply wish to be.

I often see recurring themes among the leaders I work with: too much to do and not enough time to do it all. The demands seem to be ever-increasing, threatening to overwhelm anyone who dares to pause …

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Finding the Leverage Point: You don't have to do everything

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The Leveraging Power of Focused Coaching in Leadership

Stop trying to focus on everything at once!

In the world of leadership coaching, there's a unique approach that stands out for its effectiveness: focusing on one key area for improvement. This approach is based on the understanding that improving one pivotal skill can have a cascading positive effect on various aspects of a leader's performance and well-being.

The Power of a Leverage Point:

My work with managers often revolves around ide…

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The 5 F’s of Emotional Trauma Response in the Workplace: A Guide for Leadership Growth

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Introduction: Navigating Emotional Trauma Responses in Leadership

In the dynamic landscape of professional leadership, understanding and managing emotional responses is not just a personal endeavor but a crucial leadership skill. This article delves into the 5 F’s of Emotional Trauma Response — Freeze, Fight, Flight, Faint, and Fawn — and their profound impact in the workplace. As leaders, being aware of these responses in ourselves and recognizing them in others is essential for fostering a su…

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Unwrapping Authenticity: Redefining Value in Our Holiday Traditions

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This week, as I sat down to pen another blog post – part of my bi-weekly writing challenge – I found myself hesitating. Topics like the importance of vision for new leaders, a deeper dive into authenticity, and the link between empathy, people-pleasing, and stress circled my mind. While each topic holds its merit, none resonated with me this week. 

Then, life offered inspiration.

With Christmas approaching, my daughter's enthusiasm for organizing our family's Christmas list has b…

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Getting Out of Overwhelm

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The Anatomy and Antidote for Overwhelm


A nebulous feeling that descends around you like a cloud.

Where does it originate?

What’s its purpose?

Is it possible to get rid of it?

If you are like me and a majority of the clients I work with you are familiar with the heavy sense of overwhelm.

Overwhelm can descend on one like a heavy dark cloud. We’re not sure where it originates or what may blow it away. Yet, I’ve learned one key thing about being overwhelmed: 

100% of the ti…

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7 Essential Qualities for a Strong Personal Foundation

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In my last article “Authentic Business Leadership,” I described the 7 qualities that are vital for a leader in the business world. Now we will take a look at the 7 qualities that create a strong personal foundation. Developing a strong personal foundation is key as the strength of your foundation will determine what can be built on top of it.

We learn so much about foundations from the iconic structure of The Eiffel Tower. It was built in just twenty-two months however, Almost half of that time…

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The 7 Key Qualities of Authentic Business Leadership

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What is Authentic Business Leadership?

Authentic leadership is about leading from the inside out. It's about recognizing that a leader's greatest impact and influence comes from acknowledging and respecting their own humanity and the humanity of those they lead.

Leaders who prioritize people and lead with a heart of service, often referred to as Servant Leadership or Heart-Centered Leadership, lay a strong foundation of trust, loyalty, and dedication among their teams. This foundation empowers…

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