Upside Thinking

Moving From Connection to Co-Creation Pays Big Dividends

By LisaMarie / May 17, 2021

Because I’m an independent thinker who has been more of a rule breaker than a rule follower, the decision to hire someone who may influence my life is not a casual choice… and the truth is that while I’m eager to learn, I really don’t like being told what to do.    There, I said it.  I…

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How to Be a Leader Worthy Enough to Have It All

By LisaMarie / May 10, 2021

I used to watch other people who seemed to be living the life they desired and wonder if that could be my reality too. Could I really “have it all?” Or was that idea about as real as the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus? Now, I see that, yes… it is possible to have it…

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The Unspoken Quality that Keeps Leaders from Impact and Influence

By LisaMarie / May 3, 2021

Over the past 2 ½ decades, I’ve been studying personal and professional leadership.  What does it take to be a leader worth following? Really.  Are there unspoken qualities or characteristics beyond the typically researched list that includes integrity, visionary, inspirational, and competent?  And, what qualities get in the way of leaders being positive agents of change? …

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How to Effect Positive Change When You Don’t Feel You’re Making a Difference

By LisaMarie / April 26, 2021

Beautiful Upside you, remember when you were 19 and you had all of the answers, and no questions. You thought you could save the world — all by yourself. You set out with your big visions packed up nice and neat in that worn old backpack of yours ready to champion your cause… You took to the sky, highways,…

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What Do Your Thoughts Say About You?

By LisaMarie / April 19, 2021

If I wrote this week’s Upside Thought on a $100 bill, rolled it up and placed it into a glass bottle, and dropped it into the ocean, when you found it you would be in awe. You would probably think, “Wow!” While I don’t have that luxury to get your attention, I’d like for you…

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Leaders Take the Road Less Traveled to Make a Difference on the Planet

By LisaMarie / April 12, 2021

In light of my upcoming event, this message was worth repeating… On my way back from a few days of solitude, I heard one of my favorite artists belting out lyrics about changing the world – and thought of you. Do you feel called, deep down, that you’re meant to do more with your life…to…

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Upside Leaders Accept and Appreciate Multiple Perspectives

By LisaMarie / April 5, 2021

For most of my life I’ve been recognized as a challenger and an independent thinker whose views are counter-culture and counter-intuitive. It’s important to have people in your circle who see the world differently – and challenge your thoughts and beliefs. I’ve invited guest writer Suzanne Dudley-Schon to share her brilliance in this week’s Upside Thought as she is someone…

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How Do You Show Up in Service Every Day?

By LisaMarie / March 29, 2021

The connection point between the work I do and why I do it is a love of people and what’s possible when they transform.  Listening to challenges they’ve endured and witnessing them turn that hardship with courage into an opportunity has me recognize how much of life’s meaning is created when we do good for others.  On…

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Upside Leaders Expand Beyond the Rollercoaster

By LisaMarie / March 22, 2021

For years my brother Ed and I shared an affinity for Disneyland. As adults!  When we were both living in California, we each purchased yearly passes and would meet there at least once a month to spend time on the “happiest place on Earth.”  Every time we went, the goal was to run through the…

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