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How to Turn a Disappointment into a Breakthrough Opportunity


Many times I give the coaching advice, ‘It’s not about being perfect, it’s about how you respond to adversity and setbacks’. 

Recently, I had a unique opportunity to follow my own advice.

I've just wrapped up a whirlwind 5-week trip to the East Coast speaking, seeing East Coast clients, cycling through Maine with family, with a finale being a dream come true: speaking at the United Nations. But as we all know, life has a funny way of throwing curveballs. Due to (understandable) heightened security, the venue changed last minute to NASDAQ. But here's the kicker: I learned some invaluable lessons that I can't wait to share with you.

Give Yourself Permission to Be Disappointed

Let's be real: disappointment stings. I had visualized myself at the UN, sharing my insights and experiences with a room full of global change-makers. When that vision crumbled, I felt a sense of loss. But here's the empowering part: it's absolutely okay to feel...

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When the Mic Went Silent: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities


Have you ever prepared impeccably for a big moment, and then something out of your control goes horribly wrong?

Just a few weeks ago, I had the honor of being a Mega Session speaker at the 2023 CREW Network (women in construction) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The room of 500 was packed, super engaged audience.  Amazing!

But what happened next was nothing short of terrifying AND magical. The audio, crucial for the interactive finale of my talk, failed. The A/V team came up, but could not fix it. 

Should I start singing Alicia Keys, ‘This Girl is On Fire’. Bad idea, considering my vocal ability. I decided to do the finale, an interactive visualization activity, without music. Not ideal, but the show must go on. 

Then, an attendee in the session came to the stage and handed me her phone, and said, ‘HOLD THIS TO YOUR MIC!’. She had pulled up ‘This Girl is On Fire’ on Spotify.

Everyone clapped and stood up as I led them through...

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Building The Mindset To Thrive In The New Normal

As we navigate through these turbulent times, it's crucial to arm ourselves with the right mindset and strategies to not just survive, but thrive. The economic landscape has shifted dramatically—workforce reductions, soaring prices, and market volatility are just the tip of the iceberg. But guess what? The challenges we face today make the insights I shared in my Forbes article even more relevant and urgently needed.

Why am I revisiting this article now? Because the core principles of resilience, adaptability, and leadership are timeless. They are the bedrock on which we can build sustainable success, no matter the external circumstances. And let's face it, the 'new normal' is an ever-evolving concept that requires us to be on our toes, ready to adapt and pivot at a moment's notice.

So, if you're feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, or if you're pondering how to lead effectively in this climate, I invite you to have a look into this piece. It's packed with...

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