Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Stealthy in Seattle

I'm feeling a little guilty tonight after returning to LA from a weekend in Seattle, my former home of nearly 20 years. It's not that I was avoiding friends. It's just that I had a specific purpose for returning after leaving earlier this year to pursue professional endeavors. My 8th-grade daughter was nominated by her school Principal and her Science teacher to attend a 2-day leadership workshop at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Sunday was parent/family day.

I surprised my baby girl Friday night. She had no clue I was flying in. She cried. I cried.

I also got to spend quality time with my sons. #familyfirst I better not leave out Mr. Biggs and Lil' Chingy!!! Love those guys!

I'm back in LA now launching a business, but my heart is full and my passion is stronger than ever.

Stay tuned.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Announcing a FREE webinar with Kristin Lloyd!

Have you started goal setting for 2015 yet? Whether you have or haven't, you'll want to get on this webinar to learn the five barriers preventing you from reaching your goals and practice strategies for goal setting!!

I met Kristin in early 2010 in Seattle, WA. We were introduced at a networking event downtown Seattle and have remained in contact over the years even though we have each since relocated out of state. It's been fun to live vicariously through Kristin during her worldly travels and most recently the launch of her newest online business expansion, Transformational Path.

Kristin recently called to congratulate me on my first published book, THE PERFECT RESIGNATION LETTER: I FIRED MY BOSS. During the call, she informed me that she was ready to announce the transition and expansion of her private coaching and counseling practice to an online coaching practice! I couldn't be more excited for Kristin; I was even more thrilled when she invited me to participate in the launch by co-hosting her first FREE webinar, FIVE Barriers Preventing You From Reaching Your Goals And Practical Strategies For Breakthrough.

You do not want to miss out on this great opportunity to remove these barriers, especially when planning for all of your success in the upcoming new year!! We are going to have an awesome time! Kristin has a delightful, refreshing energy that will feed your soul! 

Kristin holds a Master's Degree in Counseling, a transformational coaching certificate, and is completing a PhD in Psychology. Besides her coaching practice, Kristin is currently developing an e-book about personal transformations and is launching and online e-course to help people with goal setting and transformational success.

Check out her website for more information: http://www.transformationalpath.com for coaching packages, freebies, and blog updates. Also, keep up with Transformational Path on Twitter @transformpath and Facebook .

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I quit my job in March 2013. After corresponding with Forbes.com contributor, Cheryl Snapp Conner, regarding her article, Is There Any Place For Profanity In The Workplace?I resigned from my position and sent my letter to Cheryl. Cheryl published it in her column and titled the article, The Perfect Resignation Letter. The reader response was overwhelming.
It didn’t take long before it became one of her most popular articles and at the time of this writing, the article has received more than 500,000 views. Suddenly, I was thrust into the center of unexpected media attention. Radio stations, bloggers and various media outlets requested interviews and statements from me. Most seemed incredulous that I had the courage to make such a public statement about a former employer. It was clear to both Cheryl and me that we struck a chord and this letter resonated with the masses. Four months after Cheryl's original article, she published another, The Perfect Resignation Letter, Redux.
Due to the overwhelming response and number of emails and inquiries I received, I felt compelled to write about it. I decided to name the book, The Perfect Resignation Letter - I Fired My Boss.
Here's an excerpt from Chapter 3:
I recall a recent incident during a meeting with my VP of HR, my boss at the time, and several colleagues. We were discussing some of the challenges facing the human resources team, employee turnover, absenteeism, high rate of corrective action and more. I suggested developing an employee retention strategy as a tactical approach to addressing these issues. Mr. VP of HR disagreed and dismissed my suggestion without consideration with a look of annoyance, that I perceived to utter, “Shut the #@&% up.” My goal was to respectfully assert my position, however, I was careful to avoid appearing combative. As I began to share information to support my assertion, he appeared flustered. It was obvious that he did not appreciate that I had the audacity to express an opposing view in front of colleagues. At this point, I perceived his look of disdain to say, “Who the hell do you think you are?” Telepathically, I replied, “I'm Fancy Frenchwood, b*tch!” (in my best Dave Chappelle-Rick James-parody inner voice).
I'm not impressed by power plays and compensatory acts of authority in an effort to deflect from one’s ignorance and incompetence. In fact, it really just strikes me as desperate. I am impressed by solution-oriented leaders who recognize the benefit of soliciting knowledge and recommendations from individuals who may offer an informed and diverse perspective. Title, position and/or rank within an organization should never be a substitute for practical knowledge, expertise and the demonstrated ability to lead others.
It seems appropriate to add arrogance to the list of unacceptable substitutions. Just an afterthought, but seems fitting. Don’t you agree?
My goal is to help readers discover their inner voice and the confidence to listen to it. If you are willing to participate in some serious self-evaluation resulting in knowledge of self and self-worth, the reward is a stronger sense of personal empowerment. One who feels empowered will most likely make positive choices to achieve goals and is less likely to remain complicit in maltreatment imposed by others, including an ineffective, incompetent boss.
I'd love to hear your thoughts about my situation and maybe what you have experienced along these lines if you are comfortable sharing in this forum.