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Category: Coaching

How to set goals that excite you

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | I no longer write New Year Resolutions; I write goals year-round that include one or two BHAGS (big hairy audacious goals). I recently discovered I am most motivated by challenges that are beyond my comfort zone; I have a competitive gene. That means the goal may not be reasonable in […]

The upside of imposter syndrome

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | This week I want to return to the topic of Imposter Syndrome. It’s usually thought of as negative, but recent research shows there may be an upside. Basima Tewfik, assistant professor of Work and Organization Studies at MIT, found that some behaviors exhibited by imposters can actually help them outperform […]

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Ever feel like you got where you are through luck?

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Most people feel self-doubt at some point in their lives. When fear of being unmasked as not smart, talented, or gifted enough causes stress, that’s called “Imposter Syndrome.” I was recently asked to give a presentation on imposterism and leading with confidence. I thought about coaching clients who’d expressed variations […]

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How can you spend more time on what brings you joy?

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Have you ever gotten to the end of a long day at work and ended up lamenting to your spouse or friends how you don’t really like your job or whatever is filling the majority of your time? My executive coaching clients frequently say: I don’t like how I spend […]

What do you need to have a breakthrough?

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | I’m inspired to write about breakthroughs today because of two conversations I had in the last 24 hours with two leaders who said they are “stuck.” Who has been there? Do you need a breakthrough? You are stuck if you keep trying to do something without making progress, or keep […]

Plan for the marathon with self-care

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” — Oprah Winfrey Now at the end of the first quarter of 2021, most leaders are caught up in the inexorable rhythm of the work year. We are sprinting from task to […]

How leadership coaching can help change your mindset

Sara Wilson | One area my executive coaching clients often work on with me is their mindset about change. We all have one — a mindset. In other words, a perception or attitude about something.  Today I want to talk about *change*. Merriam-Webster defines change as a) to make different in some particular way, *ALTER*; […]

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A new start

Sara Wilson | Surprise. Pivot. Adjust. Succeed 2021 has started with an event most of us would never have anticipated, and to say 2020 was a year of unending surprises is to state the obvious.  COVID instigated the largest mass pivot from old routines that I have seen in my 20+ year career of advising […]

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What are you attached to?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  On my recent trip to Africa, what began as a simple act of generosity turned into a surprisingly strong mental challenge that made me reflect on attachment. We can be attached to things, people, our self perceptions, the list goes on and on. It turns out my attachment was to a […]

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Any moment is a good time to start Becoming

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  I live in the Midwestern US where there is an effort to increase the monarch butterfly population because of the benefits they provide us and the planet. Two summers ago I “fostered” several monarch caterpillars through the phases of Becoming a butterfly.  The transformation was phenomenal. Each stage was fascinating and […]

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