The Pebble Hyperbole

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Recently I was out for a run. Running clears my head and gives me time to think, to consider possibilities, review challenges and celebrate successes. For me, running provides a small sense of accomplishment in these crazy times.  Right now, with so many things out of my control, it is something I have 100% control over. I was feeling good, happy to be outside enjoying the sights and smells of blooming plumeria trees. I took a couple of deep breaths, focusing on releasing the tension in my shoulders. “Note to self..too much time hunched over the computer..must take more small breaks.” I love this time of the year..the blossoms make me smile and fill me with joy. Yet that joy was repeatedly and abruptly interrupted. Shortly after starting my run,…
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Circles of Focus

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The circles of focus tool, adapted from Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, can increase an individual and team’s effectiveness. Here’s how. First, let’s define each circle: The circle of control incorporates what you say, do, think, and feel. The circle of influence includes how you use your strengths, knowledge, network, and relationships to affect an outcome or an issue. The circle of concern is everything else. These are the things you care about but cannot control or influence. Notice the size of the circles. This visual reflects how little we can control or influence versus the multitude of concerns that surrounds us daily. Our American culture encourages a focus on the circle of concern. Our 24-hour news sensationalizes each story and is generally focused on the negative…
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The “S” Curve

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Are you familiar with the S-curve? The concept is that at the beginning of any new “thing”, be it a new job, or a new hobby, the early phase is all new. You are inexperienced, in total learning mode, and it is often uncomfortable. Then you reach a point where you start to get in the groove. You hit an inflexion point on the curve and go into a rapid growth phase, increasing your experience and gaining confidence. You may have some setbacks, because you are still on the path to mastery, but overall you are learning and growing. At some point, the curve flattens and you move into a phase of mastery. This can be a place of great accomplishment, but it can also become a place of boredom or complacency. You may look around…
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Women Rising Detroit

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Our next open enrollment Women Rising Program is being held in Detroit on October 10, 2019. Women Rising is a 4-month, women's leadership development program, for early career emerging leaders. Through two in-person workshops and four 1:1 mentor coaching sessions participants are guided through a study of leadership reviewing topics such as: leadership strengths, confidence, communication, networking skills and more! Click here for the flyer: Women Rising Detroit
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The Power of Self-Compassion

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One of the downfalls of living in a society which stresses the ethic of independence and individual achievement is that if we don’t reach our ideal goals, we feel we the need to beat ourselves up.  We believe this self-criticism will make us a stronger, better, and perhaps a more resilient person……right? Wrong. So, what really happens when we enter down this path of thinking? We fall into a vicious cycle of painful mental self-abuse. If you think that you are making yourself a better person by beating yourself up when you make mistakes, think again. You are actually causing increased feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. And, there’s a good possibility you’re taking your frustrations out on the people closest to you. What can you do to help break the cycle of self-criticism and self-judgement?…
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