Resources and insights

Elaine’s 30 years of experience overflow here on her blog in the form of notes, ideas, and true thought leadership.

Jan 23, 2024

What is PQ and how does it help?

Positive intelligence plays an essential role in both personal and professional development. It's a groundbreaking methodology that helps us recognize when our brain is at its peak performance, known as the “sage brain,” and when it falls into counterproductive patterns, or the “saboteur brain.”
Jan 16, 2024

Setting and Reaching Goals in 2024

As we’ve all experienced, goals at this time of year is a tradition marked more by their failure than their success. Why is it that these well-intentioned goals often fall by the wayside? The key issue lies in our ambition to change too much too quickly, without a solid plan or adequate support. This is where the transformative power of coaching can truly shine.
Dec 22, 2023

New Beginnings in 2024

As we close one year and begin another, I’m so excited to share with you some personal reflections and new developments in my journey as an executive coach.
Nov 17, 2023

ICF South Carolina Member Spotlight

I was recently asked for an interview for the South Carolina chapter of the International Coaching Federation, and here’s what I wrote!
Feb 13, 2023

What Do Leaders Gain From Coaching?

Today more highly successful leaders than ever are working with a coach on a regular basis, and the trend is predicted to increase over the next five years, according to a recent study by the International Coach Federation.
Jan 30, 2023

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Results

Much study in the last 25 years in the fields of neuroscience, positive psychology, cognitive psychology and performance science leads to similar conclusions — how you think and what you believe about yourself, plays a significant role in determining your outcomes and overall success in life.
Jan 23, 2023

Want to Be a More Positive Leader?

If you’ve been a leader for any amount of time, you’ve likely faced the dilemma of wanting to be more positive than you actually felt inside. You’re not alone. Being upbeat and calm in the face of difficult situations is a challenge for all of us. It’s especially important for the impact you have on others.
Jan 15, 2023

Using Your Power

In a recent leadership summit, Dr. John Townsend, best-selling author and psychologist, defined personal power as the capacity to change the environment. Organizations require constant movement and it takes leadership energy, focus, and intentionality to take a company from where it is to where they want it to be.
Jan 9, 2023

Why Set Goals, and Why Systems Might Be Better

We all have a unique relationship with goal setting. January is the time of year for goal setting junkies to rally. Then there are the rest of you — the 83% of the U.S. population who do not set goals.
Jan 2, 2023

Breaking Through the Post-holiday Doldrums

Are you feeling a little down right now? All the big festivities are over. For some of you there is some sadness as family members have gone back home to cities far away.
Dec 20, 2022

Reflect On Your Year!

Highlighting the importance of taking time for reflection and celebration of achievements at the year's end to gain a balanced perspective on personal and professional growth. Encouraging leaders to move beyond a "gap" mindset focused on unmet goals to a "gain" mindset that appreciates accomplishments and lessons learned, supported by a personal practice of stillness and the resource "Life As Art" for guided reflection and planning.
Nov 15, 2022

Giving Thanks for Feedback

Exploring the benefits of effectively receiving feedback, highlighting the challenges posed by truth, relationship, and identity triggers, and offering strategies for overcoming these obstacles to improve personal and professional growth, relationships, and performance. The narrative encourages embracing a growth mindset and seeking out feedback to uncover blind spots and foster development.
Oct 30, 2022

Transform the Dreaded Drama Triangle

Introducing "The Power of TED*" by David Emerald as a guide to escaping the Drama Triangle of Victim, Rescuer, and Persecutor roles by adopting the empowering roles of Creator, Challenger, and Coach. The book provides a framework for taking responsibility for one's own actions and fostering positive, proactive change both internally and in interactions with others, aiming to replace dysfunction with empowerment and growth.
Sep 19, 2022

Charting Your Life Journey

Sharing a personal story of moving to a new home and the unexpected challenges encountered, emphasizing the importance of listening to candid feedback from friends and the invaluable support they offer during stressful transitions. The narrative also touches on the significance of having people who can provide honest feedback for leaders to avoid "CEO disease" and make informed decisions.
Jun 21, 2022

A New Beginning Part 2: You Got to Have Friends!

Sharing a personal story of moving to a new home and the unexpected challenges encountered, emphasizing the importance of listening to candid feedback from friends and the invaluable support they offer during stressful transitions. The narrative also touches on the significance of having people who can provide honest feedback for leaders to avoid "CEO disease" and make informed decisions.
Jan 5, 2022

A New Beginning!

Sharing a personal journey of reevaluating life goals and making a significant life change by moving to a new city, inspired by attending a transformative workshop and reigniting a long-held dream. The narrative highlights the importance of revisiting dreams and visions, especially at milestone moments, and taking actionable steps towards achieving them, while maintaining a commitment to professional endeavors and embracing new opportunities.
Jun 16, 2021

Growth Requires Persistence

Drawing inspiration from a persistent vine, this narrative explores the themes of growth, resilience, and the importance of a growth mindset. It emphasizes the value of self-awareness, the willingness to embrace challenges, and the necessity of support from others to overcome limitations and achieve personal and professional development.
May 18, 2021

The ROI of Executive Coaching

Explaining the evolution and value of executive coaching in corporate America, detailing how coaching serves as a personalized learning method to enhance leadership effectiveness, and illustrating how to quantify coaching benefits by linking leadership development goals with key business metrics for tangible organizational impact.
Jan 5, 2021

Make This Year Better Than the Last

Reflecting on the power of focusing on what we can control and the value of community, goal-setting, and self-reflection in achieving personal growth and fulfillment, while introducing "Life As Art" as a tool to help structure this process for a more meaningful and proactive life.
Nov 24, 2020

Be Free to Not Be Okay - A Pandemic Thanksgiving

Sharing a personal narrative about navigating the emotional highs and lows of the holiday season during a challenging year, highlighting the importance of acknowledging grief, embracing vulnerability, and finding joy in adjusted traditions, while emphasizing the value of supportive relationships and self-compassion in coping with adversity.
Oct 1, 2020

How Journaling Improves Performance

Discussing the benefits of journaling for leaders, such as enhanced self-awareness, increased creativity, and deeper connections, to combat emotional detachment and improve decision-making, employee engagement, and company culture.
Aug 1, 2020

Rituals of Highly Effective People

Highlighting the significance of establishing personal and professional rituals to maintain balance, prevent burnout, and enhance productivity, emphasizing the value of renewal and focused time for development and connection in both work and personal life.
Jul 1, 2020

Team Performance - How To Get Better Together

Emphasizing the importance of recognizing a team's strengths, focusing on key behavioral changes, and crafting a compelling vision for the future to achieve long-lasting improvements in team dynamics and productivity.
Jun 13, 2020

What Now?

Reflecting on the current societal turmoil and the potential for it to serve as a pivotal moment for racial justice, the author shares personal experiences and conversations with colleagues, emphasizing the importance of self-examination, education, and actionable steps towards eradicating racism, and highlighting various leaders and resources that are contributing to the movement.

Life as Art

Life As Art is a tool to help you explore and clarify essential elements for creating your future. Through the process of reflection, visioning, goal setting, and developing planning habits, it is my hope you will maximize your talents, fulfill your dreams, weather inevitable storms, and sustain proactive positivity in all circumstances!

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