“If we’re not able to tell our story we’re not able to connect with other people who will truly benefit from it.” – Scott Jackson, CEO, Global Impact and the Leadership Insights Podcast first guest. For 14 years I’ve been privileged to hear stories my leader clients have shared with me about their roots, dreams, struggles […]
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Twelve years ago a friend working in a publishing company asked me to share my immigration story in a book for grade-schoolers. I remember answering all kinds of questions about my family’s immigration journey and, along with childhood pictures in the former Soviet Union and subsequent life in the U.S, it was all published in […]
Need a little validation today? Don’t we all! This video from YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao is one of those cute, goofy and exceptionally heart-warming films you’ll be glad you spent 13 minutes watching!
Growing up in an immigrant family – who came to the U.S. with nothing but a few suitcases, $200 and speaking no English – I learned that hard work, struggle and discipline were honorable. I studied and worked like crazy, even when I wasn’t enjoying it, firmly believing that with enough sweat and determination I […]
A few years ago I was asked in a Washington Business Journal interview about the best and worst aspects of networking in D.C. The answer was the same, “It’s a really small town.” So if you’re well-liked, it’s great because the word gets around. And if you’ve messed up, guess what! I constantly meet people who know me (or of me) in the most unlikely places – metro, airports, even the Lion King-the-musical (and yes, those hyenas are just as scary on stage as on the big screen!) A few weeks ago a business friend generously invited me his law firm’s company event at the Kennedy Center, where I promptly ran into someone who knew me as a teenager! And if the fact that he instantly recognized me (decades later!) wasn’t startling enough, he promptly reacquainted me with my former boss who is now a client at his firm! The fabulous news is that I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see them both, but the thought of how small this town is rivals the scariness of the hyenas! I walked away from this experience even more convinced that you have to be nice to everyone you meet since… birth!
Being a complete and utter technophobe I dread the day – inevitably afflicting my existence every several years – when my phone or computer tells me in no uncertain terms that it’s about to retire. It probably goes without saying that when this occurs I have no idea what’s out on the market or what […]
First of all, happy New Year and welcome to 2014! I hope it will become your most fulfilling, lucrative, successful and joyful year yet! I am really not sure what happened to 2013 or my resolution to consistently post interesting, entertaining and insightful posts to this blog. I believe this is proof, once again, that […]
Did you notice that September was a bit of an odd month? I don’t think it was just me as most of my associates and clients reported strange glitches – from technology meltdowns to interpersonal miscommunications to professional missteps. Whether it was coincidental, astrological or imaginary, I found that along with the challenges emerged some fascinating insights. Most enlighteningly, I may have finally learned how to process “constructive feedback” in a balanced, healthy, non-self-kicking manner. At first I thought it was a fluke, but of course then I got multiple opportunities to validate this newfound skill (aren’t I lucky!)
This month I was honored to be interviewed by Bill Fox, a true visionary in the field of Process Improvement. Bill’s blog http://5minutespisuccess.com has been visited and referred to countless times since its inception and his profound interviews with thought leaders in the field are top notch. Perhaps Bill will allow me to interview him […]
As some of you may know we recently rebranded Incite International. It was such a looong and interesting process (sometimes in the “green eggs and ham” kind of interesting, if you know what I mean), even the local press got curios! Smart CEO Magazine contacted me when they learned that not only do we help other companies craft mission statements, we’re now in the process of creating our own. “Let’s see if they practices what they preaches,” they probably thought. I really enjoyed the interview and thought I’d post it to this blog – some of you are probably going through this very process and hopefully will find it of value.