Upside Thinking

A Peaceful Pause

By Lisa Marie Platske / May 6, 2013

Today I’m heading to Long Beach to speak to 300 Human Resource professionals, small business owners, employment attorneys, and government officials at the California Unemployment Insurance Council’s annual conference. I’ve also been running full steam ahead behind the scenes in my business as my team and I move together through a re-branding process complete with…

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How Being Open Gets You More Money

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 29, 2013

Today, I’m in Los Angeles attending an Executive Advisory Council meeting for Leadership California as well as their annual Legacy of Leadership awards. Leadership California is an incredible organization that hand-selects sixty (60) – seventy (70) brilliantly successful women throughout the State of California to go through a year-long program of understanding the issues and trends…

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Why Successful Leaders Say Yes to “No”

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 22, 2013

For the past few weeks, putting others first has been a consistent theme in my coaching sessions with clients so I thought it would be appropriate for me to share this topic today. Plus, I’m getting ready to hop on a plane again and the challenge of saying yes to no has come up for…

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Hate Mondays?

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 15, 2013

I just got back from an incredible, perfectly designed three day retreat and I am joy-filled, at peace, and (if I’m honest) exhausted. Giving of myself fully and completely in body, mind, and spirit as well as being in the space of willingly and openly receiving for three full days will do that to you…

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3 Critical Elements to Communicating as a Leader

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 8, 2013

I have a BIG personality. One that can fill a room. My grandfather used to say I could change the energy in the room just by being in it.(And, I was only 9 at the time.) And, I have opinions. Did I mention that I freely share those opinions?!? Yes, if I’m not careful I can overpowerthose around me. And, it’s not just that I…

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The Giant Chocolate Easter Bunny

By Lisa Marie Platske / April 1, 2013

I am a connector. Connecting is a bit different than being a networker. Connectors build relationships with others out of choice which ultimately serves as the foundation of a powerful and profitable network. And, you’ve got to build a powerful and profitable network before you need it so that when you need it, it’s there. (You’ve…

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Are You A Leader?

By Lisa Marie Platske / March 25, 2013

Because I preach and teach leadership, I’m always looking at it from different angles. Right now, I’m on a trip to San Diego to speak to 150+ professionals at an Academic Resources Conference sponsored by California State University where I’ll be delivering the opening keynote about The Journey of Leadership and facilitating a breakout session on Meeting the Leadership Challenge.…

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The Two Biggest Puzzle Pieces

By Lisa Marie Platske / March 18, 2013

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day which brings back lots of great memories from my childhood. For most of my life, I looked forward to two things happening every March – watching college basketball at my grandparent’s house (i.e. March Madness) and Saint Patrick’s day festivities. My grandfather, John J. Galgon, would have preferred to have…

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Peace-Maker to Progress-Creator

By Lisa Marie Platske / March 11, 2013

Over the past two years, my best friend from grade school and I have been connecting via Facebook. Neither of us grew up with a privileged background (or even a pretty one) and it’s interesting to see how we’ve both made lemonade from our lemons. Now, don’t get me wrong, we were both loved and cared…

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