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Last week, I found myself looking out my office window, trying to focus on a baby hummingbird. I couldn’t quite make out what he was doing because the window was dirty on the outside from a recent storm. “If I could just wipe the window clean, I’d be able to see clearly.” It was the perfect metaphor […]

010: Three Ways to Lead Like a Grown-up


Ann Vertel, Ph.D. - Three Ways to Lead Like a Grown-up

In this episode, I give you 3 simple shifts to help you step up to a different way of leading, one that allows you to better model the way for those following you. Click to Listen Episode Resources & Links The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. by Daniel Coyle (great book on how […]

009: How to Have More Energy [Podcast]

How to Have More Energy

Do you know how to have more energy? More mental energy? Nope, it’s not caffeine and more sleep (although more sleep is awesome!) It’s all about discovering and enhancing your energy sources based on your own, personal temperament. Click to Listen In this episode, I give you a 10-question energy quiz to help you determine […]

008: Four Confidence Traps (and a Way Out) [Podcast]

Get unstuck and learn how to be more confident

How to Be Confident

If we want to learn how to be more confident, we must recognize where our confidence gets stuck. When we are preparing to take on something big, scary, and new it’s easy to be hit with an overwhelming sense of paralysis disguised as procrastination, sickness, or busyness. We can be hit with an overwhelming sense […]

007: Fight, Flight, or Freeze [Podcast]

Overcoming Your Natural Fear Response in 3 Quick Steps


When we’re scared, we tend to develop a habit of procrastination that keeps us stuck in survival mode. Learn 3 quick and easy steps to help you stop feeling stuck or paralyzed, and move you passed that fight or flight feeling. Click to Listen Links and Resources More Episodes Thanks for Listening! If you enjoyed this […]

006: Two Strategies for a Winning Focus [Podcast]

Expect to Win

There are two powerful strategies that can help us stop expecting to fail and start focusing on winning. We tend to get what we expect. When we expect to fail, that’s often exactly what happens and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. These two strategies, which help us identify negative self-talk, toxic and negative conversation, and […]

005: Expect the Best [Podcast]

Expect to Win

Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, and a little-known research study, conducted in a San Francisco elementary school in 1968, can make or break your success as a leader. Whether we expect the best or worst from ourselves and others, we very often get it! Click to Listen Links and Resources More Episodes Thanks for Listening! If you […]

004: Five Steps to Take Back Your Power


We allow our personal power to be eroded by other people, circumstances, tolerations, and a lack of self-care. This episode will help you take solid action steps toward taking your life back so you can move forward toward achieving what you truly want. Click to Listen Links and Resources Book: “I Don’t Have to Make […]

003: How to Lead Anyone [Podcast]


To lead anyone, you must inspire, equip, show, and encourage. This episode gives you a framework and easy steps to motivate anyone you lead, whether at work, on a volunteer, committee, or at home. Learn how to lead (just about) anyone with a simple 4-step framework: Inspire them with a compelling vision. Equip them with a […]