Leadership Category Archives

Miss Val Book Title Reveal

Book Title: What’s in a Name?

I‘m super excited that we’re getting close to the launch of my book! And I’m happy I can finally reveal the cover and title with you. But first, I’d like to share with you how I chose the title. Coming up with the title of my book has been daunting. How do you convey a life’s worth of philosophies, joy, pitfalls, confidence, triumphs, leadership lessons, …

Don't be a bully

Bullish Leadership is Dead

I’ve talked about the book “Mindset” by Dr. Carol Dweck in which she discusses the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. I definitely enjoy a growth mindset and look forward to seeking out something new on a daily basis that makes me take pause and go “hmmmmm.” One of my most recent “hmmmm’s” that I’ve thought about is something Dr. Dave Tilly said in …

Contemplative Listening

Contemplative Listening

It was important when I launched this website that I made sure anyone who reads this understands that these are simply my thoughts, my musings, which are meant to encourage you to share your own thoughts, musings and opinions. Those are two of the three ingredients involved in having conversation. The third ingredient is the ability to listen. In order to have conversation we need …

Dr. Michael Gervais

Optimism vs. Joy

What’s the difference between optimism and joy? That was a question I was asked on the fantastic podcast Finding Mastery hosted by Dr. Michael Gervais, a performance psychologist who has worked with everyone from Olympians to Fortune 100 CEOs. So… what is the difference between optimism and joy? I believe Optimism is a choice ~ and Joy is a byproduct of that choice. Basically, I …

Life Skills

Learning from Google & Norway

After each horrific tragedy in the United States, inevitably a conversation swirls around the decay of our culture. Perhaps our drive to be number one, which has made us a global leader for over a century, has been at the unintentional cost of our humanity’s spirit. Look no further than the XXIII Winter Olympics Games, which just wrapped up. Norway, a country with roughly the …