The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading
One of my favorite activities is to sink into a steaming bubble bath with a good book. Reading takes me to places far away, visiting with people of different lands, cultures and times. What better time to explore The Power of Reading than now, while most of us are sheltering in place during this COVID19 pandemic. There's so much bad news being shared these days; I thought I'd take some time and bring some uplifting messages and ideas to help us get throug...

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope
These are indeed critical and challenging times. But I believe together we can get through them by the grace of God! For instance, I heard on the news last night that many seamstresses and designers are sowing masks to help with the shortages of masks for health care and front line responders in this COVID19 pandemic. I prayed about what more I could do. I heard: I cannot sew masks, but I can sow seeds of hope. As a minister, Board Certified Coac...

What’s The Object of Your Search? — A Reflection From Howard and Sue Thurman for Black History Month

What’s The Object of Your Search? —  A Reflection From Howard and Sue Thurman for Black History Month
For Black History Month, I read Howard Thurman’s autobiography, With Head and Heart. Thurman was a prolific author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.  For instance, his book, Jesus and the Disinherited has informed many a social justice activist.  In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. carried a copy of this book “in his briefcase  as he journeyed up and down the land.”&nbs...

2020–The Year of Clarity

2020–The Year of Clarity
In perusing through stock photos for the perfect image to welcome 2020 to my readers, this picture captured my attention immediately. Though shown in silhouette, I saw myself in the female figure. The brief case. The professional dress. And the cape. That cape did it! I thought:  “My superpower is being able to look back on 2019 and thank God for how I got over.”  “How I got over” is a refrain from an old gospel song made popular by Are...

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...

Influence Starts with “I”—Who before What!

Influence Starts with “I”—Who before What!
What is Influence? Is it getting others to do what I want? Is it persuading another to follow my recommendations? Whatever it is, we know leaders do it. Leaders influence. So, recently in an executive education course of about fifty women, I asked these leaders to define influence. Their definitions fell into two groups. Some talked about a person with influence. They defined an influencer (the "who" of influence), while others defined&n...

Leadership Habits: It’s All About the Process!

Leadership Habits: It’s All About the Process!
“How long does it take to form a habit?” “How long does it take to break a habit?” These two questions recently asked by one of my leadership coachees got me to thinking about the processes of breaking and forming habits. Before I answer the timing question, though, let’s start with some basics. Habits are behaviors or actions that you do on a regular basis without consciously thinking about them. Effective habits help each of us to cons...

Make Time for Strategic Thinking

Make Time for Strategic Thinking
As a leadership consultant and coach, one of the biggest barriers I see for emerging leaders is their lack of time for strategic thinking. Whether your workplace is the corporation, the church, university or a community agency, leaders must see the big picture of the organization or institution, think strategically about the interconnecting parts of the organization and understand the context or community which the organization serves. Too often I see w...

Turn off the Autopilot

Turn off the Autopilot
Have you found yourself running on autopilot lately? Autopilot is a feature of commercial airplanes in which flight conditions, routes and destinations (among other things) are preprogrammed into the aircraft’s navigational system. The autopilot function literally controls flying the airplane while the human pilot sleeps, reads or whatever. How many of you are moving through life on autopilot? Because there are tasks that you do day in and day out, y

Building Connections for Success: A Look Back to Help You Move Forward

Building Connections for Success: A Look Back to Help You Move Forward
Women need each other to build bridges to our success. Without these bridges, too many of us just fall through the cracks. One of the core principles I have come to embrace for cultivating women’s leadership in organizations and institutions is to help each of us develop and cultivate the network of people who provide support, encouragement, mutual resources, and feedback to each of us.  Back in my early days of leadership training and coaching, when wome