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Do You Need to Know That NOW?

Years ago I was invited to address a group of out-placed executives who were considering entrepreneurship. I was the resident expert that day and was joined, in our circle, by a professor of entrepreneurship from a nearby university. One of the attendees asked how...

My Word for 2021 – Just Like Bergdorf Goodman’s

If the great city I live in is going to the trouble of providing a decorated tree, and retail stores are filling their windows with special displays for passers-by, the least I can do is be a witness. So last week, I hit the train and made a quick tour of...

An Invaluable Conversation with Donna Cash

I've been around long enough as a business owner to know this truth: trading money for expertise is a smart move. I hired Donna Cash last week to tell me all the secrets of the pillow industry, and did she deliver! We met by zoom, of course, as she is in Georgia,...

What If Only 1 Person Signs Up for Your Offer?

As the mother of high school kids (back in the day), I sat at a roundtable of parents where everyone bragged that their kid never slept through the night when they were babies. However, back in the day, when I was the mother of a that toddler, no one admitted that...

How Do I Grow Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I asked myself,  what do I want from my newly acquired art form? It's the essential coaching question: what do you really want? But, like the infamous shoemaker, I rarely ask it of myself. Do I want to turn this growing...

What’s Your Dollhouse?

Katie Settel, a long-time client, called me this morning wanting to start a movement. She is passionate about helping children during this crisis. She's come up with the idea, the organization to sponsor it, and guidelines for contribution. She wanted my help...

Take an Action, Take a Nap

When I was working on my memoir a few years ago, I went on two separate self-designed retreats where I rented an AirBnB for a week or two, holed up with my manuscript, and spent each day focusing on the task at hand. I spread out the pages of each chapter, re-read...

Do You Suffer From This?

I promise, this is not a humble brag or a disguised way of having you compliment me (but go ahead if you must). I seriously don't quite get this malady, but I'm clear I have it. On my Visions Group call every two weeks we each (there are three of us) have 8 minutes...

Are You Going Back to School This September?

When I saw Brennan Cavanaugh's back-to-school Facebook post recently, it prompted the idea for this entry. He wrote that he's going into 47th Grade! Brennan is a long-time friend and my recent headshot photographer. It also gives me an excuse to show off my...

Still Flying High

Although my APPO MasterClass 2018 coaching was nearly two weeks ago, the residual joy and thrill are still with me. The leaders of the nearly decade-old organization tasked me with spending two days facilitating a pre-conference intensive that would take 15 of its...

The Remarkable Mary Landes

Mary Landes has a vision. To bring a public workspace, a la WeWorks, to Salina, Kansas where she now lives after residing in Fairfield County, CT, where we originally met. Mary identified an historic building, the Masonic Lodge, in Salina for this purpose and has...

Own Your Wins!

That's what one of my vision partners said to me during our meeting this morning. I was bemoaning the string of rejections I got this week, wanting sympathy or to be let off the hook. "Yeah, Jane. Give up on trying to sell your memoir." Right? In my imaginary...

Zoom vs. Skype

Remember the old days when you could have a VCR or BetaMax? If you were in analysis paralysis, you may have waited so long that the choices eventually went away. Where are you with video conferencing? Are you a Skype user? Do you rely on FaceTime? I thought Skype...