I always seem to get the best insights into my children’s minds from the front seat of the car when they don’t think I’m listening. It usually comes in the form of backseat dialogue between themselves and a friend. One particular day driving to baseball practice, a friend of my son’s was with us and he out of the blue stated, “I want to be a lawyer when I grow up.” My son responded, “Why?” “So I can make a bunch of money,” he said. I guess my son saw this as an invitation to declare what he wanted to
I’m preparing to take my kids into Target, Lord help me. I just need to get some necessities. I park the car, turn and look them in the eye and tell them, “We are not going to the toy section. We are here to get milk, a card for someone, and some toilet paper. You will both walk beside me and the cart. You will not run, and you will not ask if you can go look at toys, okay?” I get “yes ma’am”. And then ask them to repeat back to me what I just said and what they
I’m pregnant. With our third child. We are beyond excited and joyful about this new life coming into existence. But when you have an 8-year-old and almost 5-year-old, you and your husband both have demanding yet rewarding careers, and you are what the doctors call old enough to be of “advanced maternal age,” you get some interesting comments when you tell people this news. Some of my favorites have been: “You know, they say women with three kids are the most stressed.” “Well, when did that happen?” (I’m not sure if they were asking about conception or the decision to
During my bout with the flu when my husband was proceeding to tell me about how busy his calendar was, he showed it to me on his phone later. He actually did this while we were in the emergency room while I was hooked up to an IV that was administering fluids and nausea drugs to me while I waited to be admitted. Hey, there is only so much you can talk about in the ER. I was somewhat out of it (go figure) but talking about his schedule for the week reminded me of some good habits we ought
The flu knocked me out cold last week. Then it knocked my kids out. Trying to take care of two people that have the flu while you have the flu just doesn’t work well. After trying to take care of one of them on his first day down, the other one started running a fever. I felt worse than I had if that was even possible and I looked at my husband and said, “You have to stay home from work tomorrow. I need help.” My husband hasn’t missed a day of work in over twelve years due to illness.
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Harry Truman We always end the year with great book recommendations and these can spark your reading for an upcoming year. But if you’re like me, you like to consider what new books might be coming to look out for along with some recommendations from top thinkers and leaders. Here’s who I follow to create my must-read lists: Reese Witherspoon’s Book Picks. Obviously, famous as the girl-next-door-like, Southern actress, Reese has created quite a platform promoting women’s stories on screen and in print. Her Book Club reiterates the same passion.
We always do a book of the year and oftentimes a Top 10 list for certain types of books each year. What I’ve found in my reading this year, though, is that there are some really good authors out there putting out more than one great read. They are thought leaders that write about things that span across the professional and personal and across industries and cultures. They capture the heart and head with enjoyable prose and research-backed guidance. All help to guide better leadership, better workplaces, better homes, and better communities. Here are the authors we recommend putting on
In January, we declared this year the year of authenticity. Authenticity would be at the heart of what we would pursue as individuals and as a business. So, of course, we set out to find a book of the year about authenticity. There are a lot of books out there directly related to this, and we as a team read at least a few of them. But none of them quite fit what we were trying to pursue, of what we were meaning by living as an authentic leader and leading an authentic life. But, one favorite book stuck out
Since running my first marathon in 2009, it’s been in the back of my mind. Can I run a sub-four-hour marathon? Of the two I’ve done, I would have to shave more than twenty minutes off my time to do so. This summer, I started running occasionally with someone who runs fast. So fast, she has qualified for Boston and qualified this year to run the New York City Marathon. I think her marathon PR is around a 3:24. This means she has finished a marathon about an hour faster than I have. She typically runs each mile at least
Movies, TV shows, and plays- anything that tells a story really- usually create a victor and a villain. There always seems to be a bad guy. And we are all so happy to create and label the bad guy. And in our own lives and workplaces, there seems to be this fight for good versus evil. None of us are or want to be on the side of evil, so someone else must be, right? If you’re like me, you’ve villainized at least one person in your lifetime. I see it so much in one-on-one leadership coaching. The labeling of