Give Thanks

Give Thanks

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” – Maya Angelou Gratitude is the quality of feeling grateful or thankful.  Over the past two decades, research has proven that being intentional about gratitude increases optimism, reduces physical ailments,...
The Need for a New Family Enterprise Mindset

The Need for a New Family Enterprise Mindset

This blog was originally written for the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell and published on their website.   The Coronavirus—which has, in a matter of months, unsettled lives, business and economies around the world—is only the latest example of a new...
Cultivating Empathy – Part II

Cultivating Empathy – Part II

In my previous blog, I shared some insights into Jamil Zaki’s research and writing on empathy,  our ability to build our capacity for empathy, and  the observation that we were seeing his findings come to life in conversations about the impact of race in America this...
Be Legendary

Be Legendary

I was standing in my stairwell headed down the stairs when my husband’s cell phone rang. It was our youngest son calling from college mid afternoon that Sunday. I could overhear the conversation. My son was calling to talk about something that surely was one of those...
Cultivating Empathy – Part II

Cultivating Empathy – Part I

Developing Relationships is one of five essential practices for Values Based Leaders. While leadership always starts with self – with understanding yourself and developing yourself – the ultimate outcome is the positive impact you can have on others. That impact...
The Importance of Resilience in Leadership

The Importance of Resilience in Leadership

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on what life has been like since March. Take a moment and reflect on some of your own concerns and conversations over the past several months. Maybe they’ve been about the economy, COVID, racism, or the upcoming election. Regardless of...
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