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One of the most common leadership challenges my clients face is making choices. It’s also one of the most common human challenges. Especially when there are several options that feel neck and neck. In those cases, it is less about analyzing the best option and more about clearing up the veil of overwhelm that seems to shroud the choice at hand. Not only can you not identify a clear equation to lead you to the right answer, you can’t even differentiate the variables at play. …


When you consider re-entry for yourself and your company, do you jump for joy or want to buy a private island and become a hermit?

Thankfully it seems like the COVID tide is turning, and more and more people are being vaccinated, paving the way to re-introduce in-person connection. Along with the vaccine comes what appears to be an assumption that everyone’s ecstatic about re-entry — that everyone should start booking their calendars with retreats, meetings, coffees, vacations, parties and all the other things that turned off like a light switch in early 2020.

And some people are ecstatic at…


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I’ve always been a grammar freak. My grandma used to be a poet, and my mom was an Editor at Architectural Digest for many years, so I think it’s just in my blood. Justification aside, punctuation matters. I know this because my daughter gives me all kinds of grief about my over-zealous use of periods when I text her. Joking aside, punctuation can radically change how your communication lands on others. Consider these 3 sentences:

· The project is going off the rails because of your missed deadline!

· The project is going off the rails because of your missed…


I happened to turn on the radio and heard a DJ say “in a year this will all seem like a little blip in our lives.” I could not disagree more. What we have all experienced in the last 6 months is pivotal, make-or-break and trajectory-changing. Nothing will ever be the same. And that’s a good thing. Often the biggest periods of growth and evolution are born of crises. This is a time of sea change, not subtle shifts.

As an Executive Coach, I’m deep in it with leaders who have had no choice but to adapt. It was one…


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There is an age-old adage that “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” But in reality, most of us go through our lives judging others based on our version of what’s right. It’s as automatic as breathing. The simple concept of looking at things from another’s perspective is simply not baked into how we roll. Even if you might consider walking in their shoes, it feels like such a burden. It’s hard enough to manage our own reactions, let alone having to carry the load of everyone else’s perspectives. But that is false premise. …


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Last week was fascinating. Monday was “no big deal”, but by Wednesday the s**t had definitely hit the fan. All of the Execs and Founders I work with were contemplating or implementing remote only for their employees. The press and social media was flush with reactions. Anxiety ramped up exponentially. Nearly instantly, leaders polarized to a state of powerless versus powerful stances. The former crew panicked, focused on themselves versus their teams, thought only about what would keep their businesses profitable and let fear rule their actions. The latter took a step back, looked at the bigger picture and took…


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So I went on this blind date once when I was about 22 or 23. It was at The Cheesecake Factory in Redondo Beach, California. I can’t remember who fixed us up, the guy’s name, or many other details. But what I do remember was getting in this heated debate with him about science.

Wait, let me step back. So, I love science. I have a bunch of doctors in my family and always loved nerding out on medical stuff. I was a math major in college. I have always been fascinated by physics. Not necessarily the algorithms associated with…


I’ve recently had the opportunity to do leadership training for 40 execs and managers for one of LA’s success story tech companies. This is a fairly in-depth, multi-month, multi-session program with multiple cohorts. As an executive coach and trainer, especially for a big, meaty initiative like this, it’s like walking into an Organizational Development candyland when it comes time to design the curriculum and content. There is so much amazing stuff out there about EQ, Feedback, Communication, Goals, Culture. Picking the exact stuff that’s exactly right for this client, and then delivering it in a way that is on point…


This thing happens with many of my coaching clients. They did something, and it seemed pretty benign to them, but felt monumental to their employees. And they just don’t get why it had so much impact.

Let’s just say you could peel back a curtain of reality, and see your team on a multi-dimensional grid. When one person makes even the tiniest move, it’s impossible for that move not to affect the grid and everyone on it.

Now, layer reality back on top of the grid, and put the curtain back into place. Things look “normal”, but energetically and literally…


The question that changed my way of being

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It’s funny how the smallest, silliest thoughts can have a catalytic effect on a person. I had one of those thoughts recently, and it 180’d me into a new way of being.

I’d been thinking about how I spend far too much time dwelling in dark feelings, or what I call “emotional murk.” I’ve lived this way for most of my life: When I was growing up, my dad always valued negative emotions more than positive ones — to him, feelings such as anger, depression, sadness, frustration, and anxiety gave someone depth. Those emotions were valuable. They were real. In…

janine davis

Exec Coach @evolutionsvc, BoD Women Founders Network. Allstar Mentor at @techstars

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