Real People, Real Change: Stories of a Change Warrior in the Business World

Change is challenging. Sometimes it’s downright difficult. Why? Because change involves more than a process – it involves the beating heart of the people who will be asked to change. My new book, Real People, Real Change offers a behavioral map to guide change leaders through the complex and often confusing maze of change in the business world. Change looks easy on an Excel spreadsheet, but there are people that must be moved and inspired. Change requires a leader who is able to inform the mind, engage the heart, and put feet into action. To do this, they must have the courage of a warrior.

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Four Ways that Laughter Promotes Organizational Change

Four Ways that Laughter Promotes Organizational Change

Rarely would I use the word “humorous” to describe the organizational environments in which I’ve worked. In fact, I have found that most leaders see laughter as the antithesis of productivity. If you’re yucking it up, you’re not getting serious work done. I think organizations have incorrectly defined “serious.” Most people I know love to [...]

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Changing Might Save Our Lives – So Why Don’t We Do It?

Changing Might Save Our Lives – So Why Don’t We Do It?

When my friend, Helen, found herself in an emergency room with high blood pressure, she began to think about her young boys. She wanted to stay around for them, so she worked to do whatever it took to lower her blood pressure. She spent the next several years compiling all of the information she needed [...]

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Why Change Warriors Love Roast Beast

Why Change Warriors Love Roast Beast

[Synopsis from my Upcoming Book Called "Amazing Change"] I was born a Baptist preacher’s kid, and never before nor since have I learned so much about being a change warrior. My parents were called to churches that were struggling. Our job as a family was to spend the next two to three years leading the [...]

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Does Anger Promote Change?

Does Anger Promote Change?

I have a humor blog that I write for baby boomer women called DameNation. My articles are intended to lighten women’s lives through laughter. Thanks to this blog, I’ve become a regular contributor to Huffington Post, where it seems my humor is pissing some people off. In a recent post I discussed how talented women are [...]

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How Work Is A Playground

How Work Is A Playground

While work-life might offer education on skills, rarely does it help us understand how to get along with those around us. This is ironic because research reveals that poor relationship skills is the number one derailer for professionals. As I work within companies, I find that at the heart of the greatest project failures is [...]

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The New Story of Age

The New Story of Age

Nobody told me the greatest difficulty of aging would be growing older in a world that spins an ugly, sad story about the experience. We live in a time of anti-aging serum, anti-aging vitamins, and anti-aging exercises that are used as weapons to fight the enemy of change. In this world of anti-aging, those who [...]

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How to Face a Questionable Decision

How to Face a Questionable Decision

My senior class was the first class in our school’s history to have Senior Skip Day revoked. Not because something we had done, but because a senior the year before had set something on fire. We were livid, filled with rage at the general unfairness that teenagers fight against every day of their narcissistic existence. We [...]

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How to Change Your Life with an Improved Story

How to Change Your Life with an Improved Story

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss I didn’t want to be in college. My boyfriend lived at home, and I missed him every single day. I was attending [...]

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Are Women Tougher on Other Women?

Are Women Tougher on Other Women?

Are women harder on each other in the workplace than they are their male counterparts? I’ve heard this question posed dozens of times, and I often hear the same response from other women: Absolutely.  Several female leaders I’ve talked to have admitted they were harder on the females they led. An anonymous source told me that [...]

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Some Baby Boomers Need a Conversational Change

Some Baby Boomers Need a Conversational Change

I go to lunch with many fascinating 50+ friends only to realize that the reason I am severely depressed after lunch is because 80 percent of our conversational time was spent discussing ailments. Each of us took turns discussing a hurt back, an injured knee, or, God forbid, a falling uterus or bladder. I think [...]

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4 Steps to Significant but Small Change

4 Steps to Significant but Small Change

New Year’s resolutions are often a powerful yet perilous way to start off your new year. Why? Because too many unrealistic expectations predestine failure for New Year goals within 24-hours (check out my humor blog on this topic on Huffington Post). If I’ve learned anything from the past year of change, I’ve learned that trying [...]

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Well, We Are Still Here

Well, We Are Still Here

I remember when I lived in Southern California in the late 60′s. Seismologists predicted that there would be a massive earthquake in California, and the entire state would break off and fall into the ocean. People began to panic. They sold their belongings and moved to the mountains. Cults formed. One family moved to the [...]

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