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I was on the phone with my brilliant business and marketing coach, pouring through the details of why my latest course launch failed. But I was distracted. Because while this conversation was occurring, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a fuzzy ball of color, floating on the lawn outside my bedroom window.

When you clarify your roles in relationship and bring consciousness to the leadership in them, something sacred happens. All the energy dedicated to jockeying for power and position gets contained in conscious roles, and frees you up to really focus on loving and on things you love to do together.

In the fourth post in the Leadership in Relationship Series, Amber and her boyfriend use leadership principles to co-create a partnership that diminishes drama, minimizes the tendency to get emotionally wound up and take everything personally, and increase the flow of communication, connection and closeness.

Oh, the disappointment. Lance Armstrong, champion of champions, exposed as a liar and a cheat. Beyonce, pop-star Goddess, lip-syncing the anthem at our nation's most prestigious live event. It's an old story in current headlines: How our leaders, heroes and celebrities fail us and fall from grace. What can we do to build trust?

Even if you’re in a good relationship, a great relationship, it can be pretty easy to lose touch with your partner. When you lose touch with your primary partner, you can lose full access to your heart, your vitality and your natural good cheer, or, as they like to say, holiday spirit.

I was writing, or attempting to write in my favorite coffee shop, when I couldn't help but overhear a conversation between two women, one complaining vigorously about going home for Thanksgiving.

Although there are "hookless" ways to establish closeness and intimacy, hooking can eventually lead to meaningful relationships. But there is a difference between being "hooked on" someone and forming a healthy attachment to them.