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Commitment Is The Least You Can Do

Commitment Is The Least You Can Do

I’ve been doing a lot of meetings and events lately, ones where I am the host.  And I’ve noticed that lots of people cancel last minute, or just don’t show up.  I’m talking about PROFESSIONAL people, people who ARE their brand, who need to network and meet other...

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An Ode To Staying the Course

An Ode To Staying the Course

Last week, I met with one of my fabulous clients, the one that “get it.”  He’s a successful restaurateur who is now opening an incredible wine bar restaurant concept in one the very hottest spots in Chicago, the West Loop.  It’s across from Girl and the Goat and next...

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Women in Business Need to Stop Shrinking to Fit a Small Vision

Women in Business Need to Stop Shrinking to Fit a Small Vision

I talk to women business owners virtually every single day. I ask them about their companies, their passions, their goals, their challenges. Sadly, I hear the same sentiments over and over and over again. “I would be happy just to be able to pay all my expenses every...

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Letting It Go As a Strategy

Letting It Go As a Strategy

For the first time in my professional life of 20 years, I have said, “This is not working for me, and therefore, I will not continue.” I feel like a million bucks, like a new woman, like a wise and infinite soul in the land of finally doing what I preach: do not...

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The Epidemic of Soul-Sucking Work

The Epidemic of Soul-Sucking Work

One thing that slaps me in the face when I go downtown to meet with potential collaborators, clients, and centers of influence is this: People are not jumping for joy to go to work. I often get downtown early to miss the traffic and sit in a coffee shop to work...

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One Size Fits All Does Not Fit in Great Leadership

One Size Fits All Does Not Fit in Great Leadership

The more I talk to people one-on-one about their careers: how they got there, what they’ve learned, where they want to go, the more I realize greatness has many forms. None of these forms are superior to others. Of course, we have guidelines and barometers for what...

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Fear is NOT a Four-Letter Word

Fear is NOT a Four-Letter Word

Many people don’t like to admit when they’re scared, especially when they are broaching a new skill, an uncomfortable conversation, or unknown waters in general. In business, this is even more amplified. Fear can signal weakness, or ineptitude, or a lack of...

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Reflections on International Women’s Day for Leaders

Reflections on International Women’s Day for Leaders

To be frank, I’ll be happy for the day when no day is required to raise awareness global women's issues. I’ve been a woman my whole life, though, both personally and professionally (ha!), and so I have a perspective on what women bring to the table as well as what you...

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What is My Why?

What is My Why?

If there is anything you need to have before you embark on building your own company from scratch it is extraordinary clarity. I have been thinking and dreaming about my own company for years: a chance for my own voice to be fully heard and realized, a chance to be...

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