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SWOT: Not Just For Sales Any More

SWOT: Not Just For Sales Any More

Over the past few weeks, the term 'SWOT' has shown up in more conversations than it has in the past 15 years of my work! The universe must be trying to tell me something, eh? First, the basics, just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about: S: strengths W:...

CVI That Problem.

CVI That Problem.

To continue on our CVI streak, I want to talk about the quadrants. There are four main CVI values:  Merchant, Innovator, Banker, Builder. We each have a major quadrant, and a secondary quadrant — but what I want to point out is this: we all have access to every...

The Internal Negative Conflict Strategy

The Internal Negative Conflict Strategy

A few weeks ago, a client came to me who’s been making incredible progress in using the CVI in his communication. It’s been beautiful to watch. However, one day he came to me asking how to improve, because he’d just had an experience at work where he became frustrated...

The Canary in the CVI Coal Mine

The Canary in the CVI Coal Mine

In my time using the CVI with clients, I’ve come to realize something interesting. When you connect your primary value with your secondary, you get TRUST. Or, to put it another way, in order for your two values to work together, you absolutely need trust. If you’re a...

Leaders Do.

Leaders Do.

In a few short days, the calendar will flip from the surreal of 2020 to the hope of 2021. And for many it will go unnoticed because, in that moment between the years, that split second when it’s neither 2020 or 21 and also both, when the past hands the baton to the...

We Needed This Again

We Needed This Again

A few years ago, I wrote this post. After everything we’ve been through in 2020, reading through it was cathartic for me — I hope it will be for you, too. Happy New Year, friends; may 2021 bring better things for all of us. The Magic Isn’t Where You Think Shhh......

Because You Love Life

Because You Love Life

I received a Note From The Universe, my all time favorite email to receive each morning, and it said something that really hit me kinda hard: "Do your earthly things. Do all of them. Move with your dreams. Not because of what you may or may not achieve, but because...

The Unintentional Leader

The Unintentional Leader

As an attendee at a speaker’s training, the facilitator, Izzy Gissell, asked for a volunteer. Given the audience was ALL speakers — you know, people who aren’t afraid to be in front of others and speak — it was shocking how many of them looked away hoping not to be...

Nine Peoples’ Favorite Thing

Nine Peoples’ Favorite Thing

There’s a line from a musical, called “Title of Show,” that goes, “I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing, than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing.”  That line got me thinking. A lot of people may say that — but when the rubber hits the road, do they really...

Leading Groups vs. Individuals

Leading Groups vs. Individuals

A lot of leaders think they’re supposed to have ALL the answers ALL the time. They think they need to be ALL things to ALL people. And, sometimes, there are aspects in leadership in which that is true: a CEO needs to speak to everybody when they’re giving a...

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