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The other morning during my walk, I was listening to Oprah Winfrey interview Byron Katie on a podcast. Something Katie said made me stop in my tracks, stop the podcast and make notes on my phone. Katie said, “Defense is the first act of war.” While there were...

THIS WEEK'S CONTRIBUTION IS FROM DOMINIC OAXACA, HIGH5 LEADERSHIP STRATEGIST AND TRAINER. Recently, I was trading stories with a friend of mine. In the middle of my story, I was revealing some of the prior behaviors that didn’t make me particularly proud, but an essential part of the...

That good ole comfort zone of ours - it really is quite comfy in there. Same old stuff every day, knowing what to expect, what to avoid and what not to do so it stays comfortable. Are you loving it in yours? Think, for just a...

There were five kids in my family, and I am the youngest. My dad built our house, and it took awhile, so when I came along, my crib was in a bedroom with two of my brothers. In fact, I shared that room until I...

This week's blog contribution comes from High5 Leadership Strategist and Trainer, Dominic Oaxaca. Recently I was on a phone call, and I advised that person to ask questions if they don't understand another person’s viewpoint or communication. I went on to talk about a theory that...

I had no idea what a disservice I was doing myself for so many years of my life when someone would offer me the gift of feedback. I would immediately say, “I know.” In fact, I thought I was supposed to know, so even if I...

I used to work with two women leaders. While much about them was very similar, they had a few distinct differences. One of them was a control freak who wanted everything done her way. She didn’t trust that anyone could do a job as well...

How much time do you spend reflecting on your choices, actions, thoughts and feelings? The amount of time you spend on these reflections has a direct correlation with the effectiveness of your leadership. The more self-aware you are, the more you are aware of those...

Every New Year's Eve I have a ritual of reflecting on the past year and writing the story of what I want the year ahead to be. That story includes my vision for what I’d like to accomplish, how I want to show up all...

A friend relayed a story the other day about observing an older gentleman walking into a grocery store. The man got upset at a car that sped by him. His words at the car were “You should be more patient with old people.” The irony,...