Archive for the ‘Valerie Pendergrass’ Category

our time in “the dash”

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
As I write this, I know that at some point today musical legend Whitney Houston will be laid to rest.  In the past week and since her passing her life story has been recapped, retold and re-evaluated.  We, the public, have been given entry into aspects of her life that we weren't privey too before and we wait with baited breathe to hear "the rest of the story". But this isn't really a post about Whitney Houston.

It is a post about our time in "the dash".

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no longer #199: how tom brady turned motivation into inspiration and how you can too

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
While the New England Patriots may not have won the Super Bowl this past weekend,  Tom Brady certainly has a story that can teach us all a thing or two about dedication, commitment and determination. Did you know that Tom Brady was drafted #199 (yes, that is one hundred ninety-nine) in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft?  He was finally picked up by the Patriots and initially joined the roster as their #4 QB. Tom Brady was dejected.  Although Brady was happy to actually get picked up, he NEVER thought he would go so    Read More

when touchy-feely isn’t your nature

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The other day a young woman was referred to me who has been in the job market for well over a year.  She has a great resume and consistently gets two interviews per month, BUT NO OFFERS. She's a financial analyst by training and quite brilliant by anyone's standards and yet, she cannot get hired.  After speaking with her for about an hour, here's what I learned:
  • She's strong INTJ on the Myers-Briggs Scale
  • She considers herself to be a no-nonsense, shoot from the hip, call-em-as-I-see-em person, in other words "If    Read More

are you in?

Friday, January 27th, 2012
After watching the latest republican debate last evening, it occurred to me this morning to begin an anti-politics revolution.  I earnestly found myself wondering what it would take to begin a viral revolution to boycott the polls between now until November in order to create an awakening in politicians that "old school" politics are dead.
As I witnessed the political boxing match between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, I was amazed at how much reality TV has now infiltrated the political arena.  We care less about the deep issues facing this country (and more importantly, how    Read More

focus on what you can control

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

"Focus on What You Can Control"

There is so much in today's work environment that we cannot control.  It is the biggest single frustration my clients face (and report) on an almost daily basis.  It is fine to acknowledge one's frustration with the uncontrollable but if we're going to be effective leaders, we must FOCUS on what we can control. Right now I'm reading a great book written by Kevin & Jackie Freiberg titled, BOOM!: 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual. In a    Read More

coaching is not for everyone

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

"Coaching may be popular but it's NOT for everyone"


As few as five to seven years ago, coaching was still primarily attributed to the world of sports.  Now, we see the term "coaching" applied in every genre - business, music, finances, entertainment, health, etc.   Anyone has at their disposal, the ability to apply coachable moments in the conduct of their work, but a qualified few can apply coaching concepts as a discipline and skill set specifically designed to generate effective results for their client or target audience. The beauty of coaching    Read More

secrets of successful managers

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

"Secrets of Successful Managers"

Successful managers are not perfect but they do get more done, get more out of their team and have better retention rates than their unsuccessful peers.  Because we are complex human beings, management success seldom boils down to a succinct list of traits so while not comprehensive, here are eight at the top that can definitely advance your success.
  • Are comfortable in their own skin
This is the one secret that we often see in successful managers that is seldom discussed.  Successful managers just seem to exude a confidence    Read More

are you halfway there or is the year just halfway over?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
For some reason, while celebrating over last weeks holiday weekend, I found myself really thinking about this concept of independence...of freedom.... The year is now half over and if you're like most folks, you probably made some resolutions (or otherwise set goals) at the start of the year.   I wonder - what did you declare to yourself that you would be "free from" in 2011?  What did you declare your independence from? January 1st is a time of declared promises..of fresh starts.  Does any of this sound familiar? In 2011, I will.. ..lose weight. ..gain more vitality. ..find a better    Read More

declare your independence too

Monday, July 4th, 2011
Declare your independence On this day, we wanted to take a moment to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. As you enjoy family, fireworks and festivities, remember that we celebrate this day as a reminder of the America's declaration of independence from Britain and along with it the great freedoms and liberties we enjoy every day. In this land, anything is possible. Continue to be great!    Read More

letting your work “speak for itself” can be a faulty long-term strategy

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
In my last message, I introduced you to the basics of emotional intelligence and why they are important competencies to master for your career success.  As critical to mastering emotional intelligence is recognizing that career success goes beyond simply showing up for work, delivering an excellent product and then heading home at the end of the day.  I cannot tell you how many clients I have coached that could not understand why their work didn't speak for itself or why they had to play "office politics" (in their vernacular).  If this is your mindset,    Read More