The Forest and the Trees at Work

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I received the email message 20 minutes before our coaching session was about to begin. This young woman executive was asking to reschedule – again – because she had just been called into a meeting that was very important and she was very, very sorry! When we finally got together, I pointed out to her that this was the third time she had rescheduled at the last minute, plus she had cut one session short due to a work emergency, showed up late to one session because a meeting ran over and she hadn’t completed her goals yet. “Your company is paying me whether you show up or not,” I reminded her. “But this is an opportunity to focus on you…

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Short Memories and the Meaning of the F-Word

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a dinner hosted by my college alumnae association to recognize donors to the association itself and to various scholarship and fellowship funds. Scattered among the tables were some of the young women students who had received scholarships made possible by these generous women from earlier generations. When I attended the school it had been a women’s college. Now, still housed within a major university and still focused on women, it no longer grants degrees but it continues to provide an environment for young women to develop an intellectual community and offers opportunities for leadership and focus. There were three young women sitting at our table and all three were quite impressive; two were seniors…

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