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Go from "What if" … to "Imagine if" (Transforming Your Fear with the Power of Goal Setting)

Some teams can face change head on and rarely miss a step. For many though, change spurs uncertainty, fear, and distraction.

Most of us simply don’t naturally embrace change.

Change can often feel like a storm at sea, at any moment there is a possibility of being flung overboard, the ship may capsize or when the sea returns to calm, you realize you are not on board.

Staying motivated through change is hard and costly.

It affects productivity, and ultimately, profitability.

Through all my years coaching Olympic athletes, female executives and their teams, time and time again I have seen how my clients have flipped fear on its head and turned it into something they can use to keep on track and stay motivated and highly productive.

Fear and insecurity often hold teams back during times of disruption... but it doesn’t have to.

What Creates Calm and Feeling in Control

When it comes to mastering change, it’s important to feel a sense of agency, and a specific way of world-class...

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Unlock Your Team’s Leadership Potential During Times of Change


Change can be daunting, but it also offers tremendous opportunities for leaders and emerging leaders to rise, grow, and to become more visible.

Above is a brief video (04:58) where I share strategies to help female leaders transform fear into a powerful ally and navigate times of change with confidence and optimism.

In the video I address:

  • Fear and Insecurity:
    Understand how to manage and leverage fear to boost team performance.
  • Olympic Level Goal Setting:
    Learn the importance of setting short, intermediate, and long-term goals to maintain motivation and productivity.
  • FBI-like Mindset Shift:
    Move from fear-based thinking to opportunity-focused strategies

If you want to continue the conversation and get ahead for the next 90 days, set aside 60 minutes on June 20, 2024 for my FREE webinar and I will work on your 90-day plan WITH YOU.

  • Webinar: "Retaining and Motivating Your Top Female Leaders During Disruptive Times."
  • Date: June 20, 2024
  • Time: 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
  • ...
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What Disables Teams During Change and How to Fix It – Mastering Change in 90 Days! (Webinar)


If you or your team are experiencing change or disruption in your organization, here are a couple strategies to help with motivation, productivity, and sanity.

In this 3:00-minute video, I give you actionable steps you can take and start using right now to help you or your team in the ever-evolving landscape of organizational change.

What often disables us or our team's ability to do our best during times of disruption is fear. Fear of uncertainty. Fear that our basic needs may not be met (for example, If we lose our job, we will not have the money for our necessities). Without the proper tools, fear in the workplace is costly, upwards of 500 Billion for US companies according to a recent Gallup study.

But what if I told you that fear doesn't have to be a foe? It doesn’t need to slow you or your team down. That's right, we're talking about flipping the script and making fear your ally.

If you want to know more and are ready to develop a 90 Day Strategy, here's a sneak peek of what...

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Podcast Episode #110: "Using Change to Your Advantage" - an Interview with Nathalie Gauthier (Part 2)


Using Change to Your Advantage

In case you missed my LIVE interview with the remarkable Nathalie Gauthier (Vice President, Talent Marketplace and DE&I Advocate at State Street), here are a few of the wisdom gems she shared:  

  • One of the key points in using change to your advantage is having the willingness to accept it and learn from it.
  • Take the moment to get clarity and drive towards it.
  • Connect with folks, unveil the truth, and then share that light.
  • Take the time to envision your next steps.
  • Emotionally connect with people so you can unveil truths and share some light to grow and be impactful.

To be notified for future interviews be sure to connect with me here on LinkedIn AND to learn more about how to build the mindset and influence for real change, join our community at

Download a transcript of Sheryl's interview with Nathalie Gauthier.

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There is Reason for Optimism in 2022

There is Reason for Optimism in 2022

I hope your year is off to a healthy, productive, and impactful start!

What do you love about what you do?

For me, I love being the guide so you, your team, or your colleagues can be the hero. While very aware of the importance of data, it’s not so exciting to me.

There was, however, some notable data that came out of 2021 that (I feel) is important for you to know, so we can learn and improve from it.

First, the "not so good news" uncovered from a pre-coaching assessment that was filled by the 10 female heart-centered leaders I was so honored to have worked with 1:1 in 2021 as well as the facilitations done for their managers and from the virtual speaking events that reached thousands.

  • Female leaders are still feeling silenced, overlooked, and disregarded by their leadership.
  • This is exacerbating overwhelm and burnout.
  • Change is happening, but these inequities are not spoken about or addressed quick enough.

I’d like to...

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Podcast Episode #97: "Taking Swift Action to Elicit Real Change" - an Interview with Denise Reed Lamoreaux

action change role model Sep 29, 2021

Taking Swift Action to Elicit Real Change

In case you missed my LIVE interview with the amazing Denise Reed Lamoreaux (Chief Diversity Officer at ATOS), here are a few of the wisdom gems she shared:

  • Remove those tentative statements by omitting words of doubt such as “I think”, rather say “this is the solution”
  • Be specific in your word choice by saying, “Friday is the deadline”, rather than, “I need it ASAP”
  • Provide people with resources after a meeting to go back to, this helps with retaining information
  • Ask people who don’t think like you to give you feedback, you need this to make improvements
  • If you want to be known as a role model, you have to be bold, take that next step in action
  • Communicate with power. Every time you remain silent, that means that this situation could happen again.

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Podcast Episode #58: "Driving Change Through Real Customer Connection" - an Interview with Laurie Dewan

Driving Change Through Real Customer Connection

I was super excited to have this wonderful conversation with Healthline Media's Vice President of Consumer Insights, Laurie Dewan. 

Here are the highlights from our amazing chat:

  1. Higher need to intentionally leverage informal and formal networks
  2. Set goals and make a habit of doing this consistently
  3. Epic quote by Laurie (and Marianne Williamson:) 'The World is Not Served by You Playing Small'
  4. There is a great power in careful listening and stories to drive innovation and organizational change
  5. Let yourself be emotionally impacted by your customer stories
  6. Healthline is committed to providing research and resources for racism and inequality in healthcare as well as managing mental illness in the workplace

To be notified for future interviews be sure to connect with me here on LinkedIn AND to learn more about how to build the mindset and influence for real change, join our community at

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Podcast Episode #51: "Building Thought Leadership for Positive Change" - An Interview with Mel Abraham

Building Thought Leadership for Positive Change

Have you ever felt like you are being called for more or a different level of impact?

Imagine if we, and those on our team, became influential thought leaders in our area of passion and expertise to affect even more positive change…

Whether you think you are an influencer or not, you are. People are watching. Colleagues, friends, family, even strangers. Let’s take a few moments to learn from one of the best thought leadership experts on the planet, Mel Abraham. He is also passionate about helping people get started in the thought leadership space.

He’s been interviewed by Larry King, various other media outlets, so it was a real honor to sit down with Mel and receive these gems of wisdom.

Here are the main points from our interview:

  • Speak up, be heard, take action as a thought leader (even if just starting out!)
  • Don’t wait until you are ready, know more, more experience etc. Start NOW
  • Ask ‘How would I...
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