Don’t Be A Jerk

Having lunch with a friend of mine the other day, we got to talking about The Great Resignation and what’s going to entice people to stay with a company. We realized that right now, the bottom line is to simply not be a jerk. While research shows that people leave their jobs because of their […]

Self-Limiting Beliefs

Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit one of my favorite retreat hotels in Tucson. The guests and the staff are always friendly, so, not surprising for me, I ended up chatting with everybody. While I was in the buffet line, another guest told me how glad she was that she had enjoyed 5 whole […]

Accountability Starts with YOU

Has someone ever let you down and your first thought is “why did they do that”? I’m guilty of this default statement too. I need to actively step back and ask, “what was my role in this situation?” That’s personal accountability. Before we can hold others accountable, recognize that accountability starts with you.   People have all […]

Surviving vs Thriving

We are almost through the first quarter of 2022! So I have a question for you…Are you surviving or thriving? Do you even know, or are you so busy that you don’t even have time to think about it? If given the choice, we all would choose to thrive but how often do we even […]

Self-Awareness as a Foundation for Great Leadership

The future of work depends on people, and how they are led will determine how they perform. So how are you leading your people and where are you on your People First journey? At first glance, this appears to be a simple question but a deeper look might reveal that you are not able to […]

Change Your Mind, Change Your Habits

As we leave January behind, you’re probably a few weeks into your New Year’s Resolutions. How many have you been able to keep so far? It isn’t too difficult to change behaviors and actions for a short period of time, but as the days and weeks wear on, sustained change is difficult to achieve. Don’t […]

Setting Intentions – Clarity Before Action

How often do you find yourself going through the motions? It is natural for us to automate certain tasks – brushing our teeth, cleaning or driving to our local grocery store.  At times, this autopilot isn’t helpful.   Compare driving to your local grocery store to driving in a new city for the first time.  Driving […]

The Power of Redefining “Your People” in Your Business

In my work, I talk a lot about growing your people so you can grow your business and leading your business with a people-first mindset. Heck, I wrote a book on it, People First! A people-first mindset literally means thinking about your people (you guessed it) first – even before your clients. More on that […]

Building your 2022 Cairn

While you might already know this story from reading my book, it bears repeating because it explains my “why” for the work I do.  It also explains the “why” for my 2022 approach to blogs, newsletters, free webinars and more.   Hiking in the woods where the trails were clearly beaten down with old leaves and […]

The Challenges and Benefits of the People First Method

As we start the new year, take a moment to THINK about the mindset you want to carry into this year. Reflect on your goals for your team, your business/practice, and yourself. It might sound counterintuitive, but your leadership mindset going into the new year should be, “what’s in it for me?”  Let’s face it- […]