Reflections

How’s the Health of Your Leadership Culture?

Organizational culture has often been imagined as a tree with deep roots. You don’t see the roots but they dictate the health of the tree. Often change efforts fail because they address only what is visible, the leaves and branches so to speak. But the deeply rooted...

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Memorial Day Reflections

I friend of one of my grown daughters sent her a text today: She said, “I’ve had a rough week and last night I dreamt that I came back to your old house for some mama Hernandez love.” I was so touched. And it reminded me that we never know the effect that we have on...

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To My Cousins

My daughter Chelsea wrote this lovely tribute to mothers as seen through her eyes growing up.   I was raised in a separate world from you. Yes, we played naked together in sprinklers and sat side by side in a turtle shaped sand pit But when our halcyon days ended...

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Beliefs and Assumptions That Drive Our Behavior

The above quote is on the top of my home page and it is the foundation of all the work I do. My tagline is “See clearly, Act boldly, Live fully.” The first step to seeing clearly is to become aware (conscious) of the beliefs and assumptions that are driving our...

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Your Second Thought and Your First Word

My daughter recently sent me the above pin she found on Pinterest as it reminded her of something I used to tell her. When she was in middle school, she was afraid she was a horrible person because she had mean thoughts about others. I would tell her you can’t always...

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The Right Reflection Continues to Resonate

As a graduate student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program, in 2014, I had to complete a capstone project. Everyone’s capstone is published on a website called Scholarly Commons. Each month, I get a report of how many...

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Recraft Your Job to Leverage Your Strengths

I had a wonderful time recently presenting a webinar entitled, “Recrafting Your Job to Leverage Your Strengths.” This webinar is based on research done by Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin Berg, and Amy Dutton. See an article by them here: Turn the job you have into the job...

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What Will People Think?

One of my favorite writers, Brene Brown, says, “So many of us live our lives worrying about what people will think. We think to ourselves, “If I look perfect, live perfectly, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of “I am not good...

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The Boys of Summer

Watching all the memorials of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I found myself tearing up. My father enlisted in the Navy in June of 1944. He was only 17 and his mother had to sign her permission. He served through 1946 on the USS Enterprise. He...

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The Importance of Noticing

The first time I took my daughter to Take Your Daughter to Work Day over 20 years ago, she was most impressed with the bathrooms. There were mirrors on both sides, and when we went in she exclaimed, “Look, Mom! We go on forever,” commenting on the infinity effect of...

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