Category Archives: Empowerment Strategies

Willing to Fail

Willing to Fail by Catherine Dewar Paul, RN, MPH Sam Bridgman defines determination. For his regular workout, he points the wheels of his chair towards the top of the hill. He secures his ankles with straps to keep his lower legs in place. Dressed in athletic gear, he faces the summit, where a sign reads, “13-15% Grade 1,000 Ft. Long.” ... Read More »

Word Power

Seek Your Word Power Wiper blades at full speed as we drive thru heavy rain. Concurrent with drenching rain we listen to inspiring words of Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle. Both rooted in philosophy guiding one to better know how very “extraordinary” are we as human beings. The message fills our spirit. Lifts us to SEE the value of enriching our sight ... Read More »

Tradition Counts

Creating Traditions  I met a sales lady at Pier 1. She had been a professional ballet dancer and later became a teacher. Now retired, she lives in Cape Cod.  She danced with the New York City Ballet, which summered at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  I was on their Board with my dear pal, Lew Swyer. When Lew became chairman of SPAC, ... Read More »

Names Matter

The Power of a Name It is pleasing to see how the face tone changes when a server in a restaurant is asked, “What is your name?”  A smile pops.  And then, when you recall that name during the event, you can feel  that person’s warmth .  One’s name, spoken with genuine interest, is like a bath in warm milk.   ... Read More »

Toxic Emotions

The Sting of Toxic Emotions Our “toxic emotions” are like silent invaders just waiting to pounce on top of reactions we have to disappointment, manipulation, insult and injury.  The high risk comes from accepting the invitation to be resentful, judgmental or harsh.  When we take that risk, too often we have failed to center our mind’s eye on what surrounds the ... Read More »

Firing My Ego

Why I Fired My Ego Recently the videographer, a great talent who had done all my prior videos, came to our home to film a new DVD series.  We both thought the casual setting  of a living room would make for a more comfortable connection to potential viewers.  He set up all his professional lights in a small area of ... Read More »

Leader Joy

Creating Leader Joy I’d like to invite you to listen to my recent radio interview on Straight Up with Chris : Real Talk on Business & Parenthood. Here is the episode description: We are all faced with many life difficulties. The key is how we navigate through the tough challenges. Often it is a kind word or luck that helps us ... Read More »

Awkward Moments

Self-Effacing Humor Five  years ago in Spokane, Washington, I was speaking to top Leaders in the Agriculture world. Poised on traditional stool. Spent 4 hours speaking smack in front ofthe 25 audience. At first break, an attendee points out that  I  am wearing 2 DIFFERENT Shoes. Packing error.  This week speaking in Denver to another Leadership group of 25.Four  hours. First segment. Seated on stool ... Read More »

Power of Adversity

Self-talk: Turning Limitation to Inspiration My wife and I were among ten dinner guests at a party, most we were meeting for the first time.  The guest across the table was Ike, a mid 70’s former owner of a financial investment firm.  I complimented him on his obvious physically fit trim body.  He told me he plays softball three times ... Read More »

Word Power

Beyond the Rain Wiper blades at full speed as my wife and I drive thru heavy rain on our way back from New Orleans. Concurrent with drenching rain, we listen to the inspiring words of Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle. Both rooted in philosophy guiding one to better know how very “extraordinary” we are as human beings. The message fills our spirit. ... Read More »