Sometimes, you just gotta ask

By Lisa Sansom / January 10, 2014 / 1 Comment

A friend of ours was recently driving in upper state New York, and following a car along the twisty turny back country roads. The car that he was following suddenly stopped in the middle of the road – no hazard lights or turn signals flashing – so he stopped behind it. He looked to see […]

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Doing the best we can with what we have

By Lisa Sansom / July 12, 2013 / 3 Comments

There is a quote that is attributed to Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, that starts like this: “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph.” I didn’t even know this was a Zig Ziglar quote until I googled the phrase […]

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Further praise for Carol Dweck

By Lisa Sansom / July 11, 2012 / 1 Comment

  In the world of positive psychology, one tool that I see coming up again and again is this notion of fixed vs. growth mindset, from research done by Carol Dweck. In my own work, I have used this with parents, teams, students, entrepreneurs, business leaders and pretty much just about anyone else who will […]

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Are you really ready for a change?

By Lisa Sansom / January 7, 2012 / 0 Comments

A client recently gave me considerable pause for thought during a coaching session. While we were brainstorming various options to a question that she had, she met every idea with “yeah, but”. Every. Single. One. I started counting – over 20 “yeah, but”s in less than 10 ¬†minutes. I was getting horrified, but also oddly […]

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Held hostage to preconceived ideas?

By Lisa Sansom / May 23, 2011 / 0 Comments

I find myself endlessly intrigued by this NYT article today about how police in Los Angeles are looking for new ways to diffuse tense stand-offs – by talking with the “bad guys” who were holding the guns. It’s well worth a read, and I encourage you to go and do it. Here are a few […]

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What keeps a manager up at night? Interpersonal issues, apparently.

By Lisa Sansom / January 17, 2011 / 0 Comments

All these problems… I’d lose sleep too! What might help the manager sleep better at night?

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