self-awareness

What 2020 Taught Us About Leadership

I’ve always believed that challenging experiences help us to grow. From that perspective, 2020 offered us a learning opportunity like no other. I don’t know about you, but I really hope 2021 involves a little less learning. So now what? While it’s tempting to block out the whole year and focus on the future, I [...]

2021-02-04T13:11:55-06:00By |Blind Spots|

What’s in a Name? Personal Musings from a Keynote Speaker

It happens all the time. I introduce myself in a social setting and share my name. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Unfortunately, no. Here’s how the exchange usually goes: "Hi, I’m Sara Canaday.” “Sara Kennedy?” “It’s Canaday with a C.” “Are you from Canada?” (usually accompanied by a chuckle and a wink) “Well, no. But it’s [...]

Has Leadership Lost Its Luster?

Last week while having dinner with a group of friends, our discussion turned to work. What came next was an interesting conversation about why anyone today would even want to be a leader. One friend shared that she was utterly exhausted by the endless cycle of new demands and the constant flood of in-box messages. [...]

Manage Your Worry, Not Your Workload

I recently listened to a Harvard Business Review podcast called “The Anxious Achievers.” (Wow, there’s a phrase I can relate to!) Besides loving the title of that program, I have been drawn to the idea that we need to change the way we think about managing our stress and anxiety. Steve Cuss, author of “Managing [...]

Feeling Stagnant as a Leader?

Many leaders experience setbacks—or even failures. Perhaps they feel like their influence is waning. Their ideas aren’t translating, or their teams aren’t producing at the right level. These leaders might be doing all the right things, but their effectiveness seems diluted. Ever had that feeling? If so, the problem could be leadership blind spots. These [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:23-05:00By |Blind Spots, Leadership|

Understanding Professional Blind Spots: Video Tip

What you don’t see can hurt you. Is your professional reputation what you think it should be? Watch this video to discover if subtle behaviors and unconscious habits could be sabotaging your success. Know someone who might benefit from this career tip or find it interesting? Go ahead…pass it along. Better yet, leave [...]

2017-08-22T22:42:24-05:00By |Blind Spots|

Identifying the Turning Points that Make Us Great

Please join me in welcoming a new guest blogger, Bernie Swain, co-founder of Washington Speakers Bureau and today's foremost authority on the lecture industry.  Over the past 35 years, Swain has represented former US Presidents, cabinet members, business executives, public figures, media leaders, and sports legends.  His new book, What Made Me Who I Am, [...]