Lead. Create. Make a difference.

Leadership matters.

I believe that everyone has the potential to lead. I also know we all have skills to learn or improve upon that will help us be more effective as leaders no matter what our title is. I’m committed to the idea that healthy organizations have leaders in every chair.

Everything I know about leadership, I learned on the dance floor.

Okay that’s not literally true, but I have certainly learned a lot about leading and following as a ballroom dancer. Both dance and my thirty-five years of experience in complex organizations have taught me that leadership is a complex, dynamic partnership. Our organizations and communities need creative, courageous people who will take on the challenges of leadership.

Let’s explore ways I can help you and your team learn, grow, and become authentic, effective leaders who make a difference.

Leadership Development, Professional Development

Everyone leads. The workshops and team development work I facilitate are based in this belief.

Speaking Engagements

Everyone can make a difference. My keynote speeches are designed to encourage and support everyone in finding their own way to make a difference in their organizations and communities.

Leadership Development, Strategy & Support

Everyone is creative. Leading is creative work. It is problem-solving, designing new ways of working, and imagining possibilities.

Recent Blog Posts

How to Write a Mission Statement

Photo by David Iskander on Unsplash I've been working on writing mission statements for some time now. I've looked at many of the 220,000,000 websites I mentioned in the post "Start with Mission". There are four-step versions and five-step versions and a variety of how-to sites out there. I've landed on a formula that is simple and clear and has worked for me as both a leader and as a facilitator for other leaders. "A good mission statement can surprise, inspire, and transform your (work)." ...

Start with Mission

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash If you spend any time looking at mission and vision statements, it quickly becomes clear that there is no one formula for creating them. In fact, according to Google, there are 220,000,000 answers to the inquiry 'how to write a mission statement'. Mission statements come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Long ones, pithy ones, clever ones, much-t00-cute ones, you can find them all. And that's after you decide whether you are going to work on mission or vision ...

Why, How, What?

    Simon Sinek did his Tedx Talk about The Golden Circle in 2009. He wrote the book, he coined the term, I always give him credit. I think it's worth listening to. So here's the link: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en I came to understand a similar idea through my own experience which I'll explain in a moment. But there's also some confusion here. His title is "How great leaders inspire action", but often in his talk, it sounds more like marketing than leadership. Jason Teunissen wrote an article ...

“Hope is the thing with feathers,” says Emily.
As Maya intones, “Still I rise.”

Pablo calls us to “count to twelve” rather than ten
And Mary asks us to think about our “one wild and precious life.”

Poets teach me
To listen for the questions that go unsaid,
To ask the questions that are needed,
To find the path to wisdom and the way to make the bread.

G. Paine