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Thursday, January 27th, 2022 | Making "What's Next?" What Matters ™

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2. October 2011 A little less fresh and enthusiastic, the group set out for a 20+ km walk today. Group dynamics being what they are, the norming has set in:  they’ve got the routine down…get up, eat, bandage/cream/lube up the feet, and pop on the boots.  Get water bottles and Camelbaks filled and pile into […]

1. October 2011 Today was the day that the worst imaginable happened:  My body ached and I couldn’t keep up with the group.  I told them to go on ahead when I really wanted someone to stay with me and cheer me on.  We agreed to meet at km marker 100, and when I finally […]

Back in my HR and training days, we talked a lot about group dynamics.  When a group of people come together, there’s a process that typically transpires:  Forming, Norming, StormStng and Performing. Forming is what our little band of “caministas,” as we call the women who are on this retreat with us, is busy doing […]

A cynical relative recently expressed concern about how much time I spend volunteering for a non-profit organization. She said “aren’t you forgetting your business?” I heard the well-meaning intention, but also the fear that if I don’t keep my nose to the proverbial grindstone all the time, I’ll wind up living under a bridge. I […]

Playing Harder

I’m writing this in the living room of the house in which I grew up. Having temporarily moved in to help my mother with post-surgery rehab, I find myself revisiting old summertime rituals. If you’ve been following me on Facebook lately, you know I’ve bought a hula hoop, run through a sprinkler, hung laundry on […]

Our friend and fellow coach, Michael Trotta, was so excited about our upcoming retreat in Spain that he decided to interview Susan Baghdadi and me about it. I thought you might like to hear the story behind the retreat – why we created it, what our intentions are for it, and what you can expect […]

I’ve recently had the misfortune of experiencing truly horrible service from a company of whose I’ve been a long time customer. I wrote emails, I called, I begged for them to come do what they promised and install my deck’s awning…and no one listened or responded in any fashion, for months. The culmination of all […]

Back to Square One

I have several friends who are going through profoundly difficult challenges in their lives right now:  protracted unemployment, homelessness, disease, intense physical pain, money woes…truly big stuff.  If I were in charge, I’d wave my magic wand and erase it all from their lives, but I don’t have the power to do that.  So I […]

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of community.  And then I spotted this sign: Who are you seeing through, and who sees you through?  Be grateful for the people on this list, and decide to see someone through today in some small way.  There’s nothing like helping others to help yourself; finding […]

How Will I Know?

My client (we’ll call her Nancy) was paralyzed by a question that so many of us get stuck on when we’re trying to incorporate our passions into our lives:  How will I know when this is happening? We want so badly to quantify and measure the progress of creating our right lives and careers, naming […]