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Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Life in Flight Blog |

“You Are Here Now Because You Are a Survivor.”

“You Are Here Now Because You Are a Survivor.”

A few years ago I attended a facinating talk by Dr. Norman Rosenthal. He was invited to speak about his latest book called “The Gift of Adversity.” I didn’t know much about Dr. Rosenthal, but I loved his positive approach. After an impressive introduction Dr. Rosenthal energetically took the stage and warmly greeted the audience with his charming South African accent. Within the first 30 seconds he said something profoundly simple and incredibly powerful. “You are all here now because you are survivors.” What a concept, I am a survivor… Almost immediately I felt myself grow a bit taller in my seat. There is such strength in that statement, as any number of things could have happened in my life where I may not have been sitting in this seat, listening to this inspirational doctor speak. I’ve always held onto the notion that there are gifts in difficult situations. It’s not always easy (for anyone) to remember this – or appreciate “the gift of adversity” when in the trenches and things aren’t...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

9 Things You Should Never Do When Traveling with Your Boss

9 Things You Should Never Do When Traveling with Your Boss

In my experience as a corporate flight attendant, I have had the good fortune of being a “fly on the wall” which gives me a chance to observe – in close proximity – employees traveling with their boss. Usually its the CEO of the company (which means I’m also under the same scrutiny).  It’s fascinating to see what happens when employees make blunders that may seem insignificant at the time; but in reality those missteps may potentially hurt their standing or even stunt their advancement in the company. The first thing you should NEVER do—so I guess that makes it 10 things—is never forget that your boss is watching and evaluating you AT ALL TIMES. If you were chosen to go along on a business trip it’s because you’re supposed to be part of the solution— never part of the problem. And your boss wants to be sure that he or she can count on you to represent him/her appropriately when you’re not being watched. Therefore: 1.     Remember at all times that this is your boss....

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Posted by on May 5, 2017 in In-Flight Insider News, Insider Travel Tips |

7 Ways to Stay Friends While Traveling Together

7 Ways to Stay Friends While Traveling Together

Vacationing with a friend (or 2) can either be great fun or the end of a beautiful friendship. The best way to be sure it’s the former is to have a heart-to-heart chat beforehand and be honest about your preferences and expectations. Then you can negotiate if necessary and avoid conflict when it’s too late to do anything about it. 1.     Pick a destination you’ll both enjoy. If you love the beach and your friend is a culture vulture who hates the sun, you can still find a place with something to satisfy both of you—so long as you plan in advance and agree that you’ll each be free to go off on your own for at least part of each day. This can actually be a great thing, because, when you get together at the end of the day, you’ll be able to share your separate adventures over cocktails and dinner. But if you love solo exploration and your friend simply can’t be alone, it isn’t going to work. So...

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Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Life in Flight Blog |

“What Happy People Know…”

“What Happy People Know…”

I want to be happy! No doubt,  you’ve heard these words before. And you have probably have said them yourself more than once. Happiness = Nirvana. Right? I hear this very phrase from my clients, some of who are at a crossroad and want more from life after years of hard work and sacrifice. Happiness is often at the top of their list. But what exactly is Happiness? Is it a place, a thing, a relationship, a position, a title, and can you buy it? And why is it so damn elusive at times? Do you have to wait “until X happens” that you be happy, or is it only for some people and not others? This is a huge topic, I know, one that I have been fascinated with for a long time. Honestly, I’d like a life with as much of “it” as possible. Being happy, after all, is just more fun. One of my favorite books is by Dr. Dan Baker called “What Happy People Know: How the New Science...

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Life in Flight Blog |

Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?

Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?

  This morning I was thinking about the magic of curiosity. Merriam-Webster says it’s the desire to know. The desire to know comes from the place of not having or knowing all the answers. A willingness to have an open mind, to ask questions, and the excitement of learning something new. And in doing so you automatically forsake some of the comforts of judgement or prior knowledge. I’ve learned to keep curiosity is in the forefront of my mind, especially when I’m coaching. An inquisitive mind enables me abandon my own way of thinking, and allows me to ask thoughtful questions, which lead to inspired thinking on behalf of my clients. Children have it in abundance. Animals have it until they learn otherwise (like these seal pups – this photo was taken from my trip to the Galapagos. As I stood completely still, they were so curious that they came within inches of me). I love how the eloquent Diane Sawyer (on OWN’s Master Class) encourages us to “wake...

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