The Hip-Pocket Coach

Stay away from office gossip, yes…but keep the office gossip close.  I’m talking about that office busy body. What’s the opportunity in it? Yes, we go all Art of War in today’s #NSCRockstarLeadership Tip of the Day. If you think everyone is on your side in the workplace, think again, Sis. But this isn’t your cue to hunker down and keep to yourself. It’s your chance to leverage…

Knowing Your Why is Jetfuel to Extraordinary Leadership

Are you stuck telling people what you do? It’s probably why you aren’t attracting the people and opportunities that will solidify you as an extraordinary leader. Share your why instead for a more powerful impact. Brands make this mistake all the time. They share what their product does before they ever get to the purpose… the why behind it all…the value it provides. People follow you because they…

Optimizing your prime real estate on LinkedIn

Are you optimizing the most important social real estate you have on #LinkedIn? I’m talking about your header and headline. It can make a huge difference on IG too if you’re about business on the platform, like I am. Mine is always evolving to make it tighter, more concise, visual and always highlighting the “main thing.” This is your opportunity to communicate the value you bring. I get…

Karen’s gonna Karen

Last night’s VP debates put our superpowers as women of color on display. It showcased a professional black woman’s ability to navigate spaces that were not built with us in mind with grace, resilience and no nonsense. Kamala represented us well. We do this masterfully everyday. We’ve cultivated this even when the lights aren’t shining on us on the national stage. And yet, the moderator was largely protected…

#Credentialed

  Today, I’m grateful to officially add the ICF, Associate Certified Coach (ACC) to the end of my title. It reflects my commitment to excellence, but it really is only a symbol of what I do. Last night, a client called who engaged me about 3 months ago upset that her dreams to be promoted had been deferred. Less than 3 months into our engagement, she reached her…

Celebrating the opportunities in the storm

  My week has been amazing. First, so many of you wished me a happy birthday, and continue to. Thank you! As you know, the No Thanks hardcover was released worldwide on my birthday, so that was cause for celebration too! I’m especially loving how God turned down the thermostat, and the fall weather arrived, even in Texas. That said, the conversation that my new book is spurring, No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say…

Birthday Blessings Come Every Year

IT NEVER FAILS: Every birthday, God blesses me with something awesome. I didn’t know what today’s heavenly birthday treat would be. Sometimes it is a surprise, other times, the run up foreshadows it. Like the completion of the build on my home four years ago. Or Joni’s due date… my birthday, in 2012. (Doc took her two weeks early because she ran my blood pressure up!) In 2008,…

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