Upside Thinking

Why Asking Great Questions is Key to an Effective Plan

By LisaMarie / May 20, 2019

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffet The 1st pillar in my 7 Pillars of Leadership is: Great leaders – or leaders worth following – start with a written plan. To create an effective plan, they understand the importance of asking great questions and making asks…

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Do You Know Why Forgiveness is Important to Your Business & Personal Life?

By LisaMarie / May 13, 2019

Last year, I made the commitment to create a Giving Circle, seeking to have 100 friends donate $100 throughout the year to Project Forgive. Choosing to step into this commitment challenged every cell in my being. What would people think of me if I asked them for money?!? Putting myself out there with a personal…

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The Art of Positioning: What it Is & Why You Need to Understand It

By LisaMarie / May 6, 2019

When I was in high school I went through a weird phase of wearing 10 different colors on my nails – a different color for every finger. I wore blue and white plastic shoes that did not match my green and yellow Catholic school uniform. And, I wore bright red lipstick and dressed in all…

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Why Being a Vulnerable Leader is a Good Thing

By LisaMarie / April 29, 2019

When I first started to write my newsletter, I avoided writing anything that was vulnerable. While I wrote about my personal experiences, in my head I made up a story that people wouldn’t see me as successful if I was transparent.  And, if they didn’t see me as successful, they wouldn’t like me let alone…

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Are You Tired of Going it Alone?

By LisaMarie / April 22, 2019

I fell in love with Sandra Day O’Connor in 1991 when she was appointed to the Supreme Court by then President Ronald Reagan. As the 1st woman to serve on the court, I felt somehow secretly connected to her. Over the years, I watched how the media criticized her every move in ways that were different…

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Decisions – Why You Need Your Head and Your Heart Involved

By LisaMarie / April 15, 2019

By definition, the human heart is “a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation.” In 7th grade science class, I learned human beings have a four-chambered heart, made up of two atria and two ventricles. The heart is also defined as “the central or innermost part of…

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Here’s Why the World Needs You and Your Brilliance!

By LisaMarie / April 8, 2019

Imagine if you had to cook all of your meals today over a fire from two pieces of wood and a match? Or, imagine if today you had to walk outside to the well to pump your water from a local stream and carry it inside your house over and over to take a bath?…

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Growth Happens on the Inside First

By LisaMarie / April 1, 2019

In crossroads moments, discernment is the examination required to gain clarity about what to do next. The work involved is both external and internal.

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The Simple Approach to Staying on Track in 2019

By LisaMarie / March 25, 2019

If you’re not where you want to be, it can be tempting to wait it out and only start fresh during the next season. Right now is a great time to focus on designing your destiny.

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