Upside Thinking

Do You Engage in the Dialogue of Meaning?

By LisaMarie / March 15, 2021

It’s been 16 years since I sat at my desk in Riverside, “California dreaming” about Upside Thinking, Inc.   I envisioned it as a global leadership company and brand, that would be different than organizations that focused on technical expertise.  Our focus would be on happiness, success, and meaning – the top of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy…

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Bridging the Divide

By LisaMarie / March 8, 2021

While it looked different, Design Your Destiny Live event was held in-person twice in Phoenix, AZ and once in Raleigh, NC this year.   Having consistency at all three events allowed me to breathe easier. Marnie Cooley, our AV whiz, Holly Williams body worker extraordinaire, my husband Jim – and success coach and emotional resilience…

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Upside Leaders Tap Into Inner Wisdom

By LisaMarie / March 1, 2021

Several years ago I read the book, The Noticer by Andy Andrews.  The story is about an old sage who wanders around doling out advice to those who need a little perspective in their life.  What I appreciated most about the book was how it had me increase my own awareness, in particular, when I would see…

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The Right to Be Happy

By LisaMarie / February 24, 2021

Do you have the right to be happy? This question has come up during different seasons of my life and recently over lunchtime conversations with friends. When times are difficult and uncertainty reigns, you may struggle with showing you are happy, and even feel guilty expressing it to others. As the fight for justice for all…

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Do You Have an Emotional Regulation Strategy?

By LisaMarie / February 15, 2021

While I’m a leadership coach, I want a client’s entire life to be filled with ease, not just their career or business life.   This means being aware of what is going on in their individual personal life — physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, spiritually, and relationally.   Yesterday was Valentine’s Day which can be a…

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Thriving in Changing Times

By LisaMarie / February 8, 2021

The 2008 global financial crisis gripped the world in dire economic struggle the likes of which had not been experienced since the Great Depression of 1929.  The first live event I hosted was in the midst of these time. I wanted to bring my connections together to pool our resources and find ways to navigate…

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Upside Leaders Deserve Happiness

By LisaMarie / February 1, 2021

Delicate times.  That’s the best way I can describe the world today.  My choice to remain upside with all that swirls around me and in me, doesn’t mean I’m oblivious to the pain going on in the world.  Most days I’m engaged in difficult, emotionally charged conversations with people whose views differ from mine.  Most…

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Tuning Into Your Own Courageous Wisdom

By LisaMarie / January 25, 2021

When successful leaders reach out to have a conversation about coaching, self-confidence often comes up as hidden topic to explore even from those that are the most seasoned and thriving.  Every time it surfaces, I’m surprised as I’ve equated success with confidence.  Yet, there is a piece of me that understands this well.  There can be thoughts and…

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Are You Being Visible Enough?

By LisaMarie / January 18, 2021

For most of my life, visibility has been a struggle. What I mean is my being seen, truly seen, by others.  As a kid, being around people my own age made me uncomfortable and self-conscious.   There was an internal voice always comparing my life with theirs, and I always came up short.  It was more than our…

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