Exchanging ideas is invigorating and fun.

I had a client reach out to me last Friday about a strategic planning project – it was so much fun to strategize together about the work that needed to be done. For both of us, it was the last meeting on a Friday afternoon. It was the end of a long week and I think we both left feeling surprised, refreshed, invigorated and hopeful.

That’s what conversations of possibility do.

So many strategic conversations have been delayed due to world events – COVID-19 and the racial revolution have reorganized our thinking and our actions in important ways. 

Organizations have delayed strategic p...

A few years ago, I started setting a theme for each year. I'm not exactly sure how I backed into this practice, but it has become a signficant - and fun - exercise to integrate into my personal visioning and planning.

As you prepare for a new year and, inevitably, think about what the year holds for you, I'd like to suggest that you adopt a theme that reflects what you want your year to represent.

Let me explain....

A theme is a recurring idea you'd like to invite. It might be thought of as a central idea, subject or issue. As you imagine a theme for yourself, allow it to become a reference or decision point for the year....

If hindsight is 2020 then this is the year for 2020 vision. What are the life lessons that past experiences have gifted to you? How will these propel you forward? What’s in the future for you? How do you envision the places and people you choose to spend time with? This is the year. Envision it. Make it happen. It's within your power. Expect a year of clarity and wisdom. ~Kathy~

I was leading a recent nonprofit board retreat when one of the board members prompted me to chuckle with this Marine Corps saying: "We have done so much for so long with so little, we could probably do everything with nothing forever." It was offered within the context of a discussion about envisioning, inviting and planning for financial abundance at this particular nonprofit. So many of us function with this frame of reference - in our nonprofits and even in some areas of our lives. There is so much more for us if we can envision what we want, believe it is possible and plan for its inevitability. Wishing you...

I'm in a summer state of mind at the beach - I hope the summer promises some rest time for you too. (Create a vacation in your mind as often as you can.)

As I sit here on the beach, it's a good time to think about the past, present and future - and today I am thinking about miracles.

Recently I heard myself say, "It will be a miracle when [fill in the blank] happens." 

A light bulb went off right away and my inner wisdom gave me a talking to as she shouted:

Miracles do happen.
You are thinking about it all wrong.
We may think of them as unexpected, unbelievable, seemingly impossible things that happen in our l...

Getting others to follow is a key skill for any volunteer leader.

Ensuring that we have other volunteers working with us also ensures the future of the organizations we are supporting.  We often feel alone as volunteer leaders - that there is no one else out there to help. But this is not true.

You are not alone. Getting others to work with us requires thought and determination.

These "8 Pillars of Leadership" offer thoughts to get you started.

(1) Self-Awareness - What gifts will you share with the world?

You have a unique set of skills and abilities that make you a unique brand of leader. Know what you're good at. Capitaliz...

"Who we gonna end up being?...What you gonna spend your free life on?" We can learn a lot from rock climbing - determination, exertion, connection. Let the music and images inspire thinking about your goals and dreams. Listen - dream - write down steps you can take this week. Wishing you big dreams and clear next steps. ~Kathy~ ("Free Life" by Dan Wilson)

"Take the first step in faith.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase,

just take the first step." ~Dr. Martin Luther King~

This quotation was on the wall in the meeting room where I was presenting yesterday. I was meeting with an organization that is establishing new directions in uncharted territory. Once I saw this quote, I rewrote my opening comments.

Each of us finds ourselves in the position of initiating new beginnings on a regular basis. And the magic of “making it up as we go” can be delightful and frustrating at times. There is no other way.

When my children grew old enough to understand it, I loved to share the...

We find our vision by answering two questions: (1) Where am I now? (2) Where would I like to be? Whether it is personal or organizational vision, we have to be able to put the vision into words. It is important to speak the positive future vision. What are you wanting? Write it down. Then tell a close friend or confidant what you envision. Anything is possible - tell others what you see. ~Kathy~

Vision is critical. Articulating the long-term goal or end point is critical. But we often forget to break the goal into smaller steps. Write out the steps to get from here to there. Give yourself credit for every step taken (check it off). Focus your attention on completion of the first step. One day at a time. One step at a time. You've got this! ~Kathy~

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