Why Are We All So Sorry?

It used to bug me when I’d tell someone I was having a rough day or I’d stubbed my toe and they’d reply with, “I’m sorry.” “It’s not your fault,” I’d say. To say “I’m sorry” actually means, “I am filled with sorrow.” We equate “sorry” with admitting fault, but it simply means to feel read more…

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Madonna and I Save a Life

I bet you’ve never wondered what Hanson and Madonna have in common. (And, if you’re like me, you have no idea who Hanson is.) I was educated on their commonality on my way to work the other morning while listening to NPR. Little did I know that this information would help me save someone’s life… read more…

Surprise!

I hate surprises. Yes, there is such a thing as “pleasant surprises,” like discovering my kids cleaned their room without being told (that WOULD be a surprise!). But in general, I do NOT like surprises. And I don’t just mean the jump-out-of-a-box and startle you out of your skin kind (those can be pretty funny, read more…

From Body Image to Body Language

Take a second to think about your body—you know, that mass of matter that distinguishes your physical self from the rest of the world… When you think about your body how do you feel? Proud? Disappointed? Grateful? Hostile? Do you love your body? I’m going to go way out on a limb and guess no. read more…

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Speak Up! (But check your voice first.)

Several weeks ago I met a friend for lunch. As the theme of our next webinar is women’s leadership, I asked her about what challenges she might be facing at work. She talked at first about office politics but then shared that she frequently feels pressure to say yes to any assignment offered to her. She wants to be seen as valuable read more…

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