Is It Me …or Them?

November 14th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

I coach a lot of leaders who struggle with the same question: Do I meet my colleagues where they are and adjust my speech and actions to best support their needs?  Or do I remain constant and true to my own values and beliefs about what

Your Past Blunders were Created by Someone Else

September 7th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

Inhale/Exhale

Do you know the Buddhist principle of Every Breath?  This principle states that with every breath we take, we are a new person.  Every few seconds, we are re-shaped. It is the magnified version of: “I’m not who I was 10 years ago.”   Most of us can agree with

Things Take the Time They Take. Don’t Worry.

August 31st, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

I recently became a member of Club COVID, the virus having finally found me last month after 2+ years.  I wish never to feel so depleted of energy, thought and stamina again.  However I also gained something valuable: the courage to slow down. Slowing Way Down During my 3-week

Showing Our Aspects

May 26th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

With the massacre in Uvalde, Texas this week, I am feeling a tangle of emotions: anger, repeated disbelief, hollowed-out sadness, and despondency.  These are all emotions that I hold, yet I do not show them when I am at work, talking with neighbors or sending email.

A Risky Bet

April 28th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

It’s a risky bet to depend on others to validate your self-worth. A Precarious Position Sure, we all appreciate, strive for or perhaps crave feedback and assurance that we have done well.  Yet when we become dependent on hearing those encouraging, supportive words to know that

Passing Through the 4 Gates

March 24th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

As a leadership coach, people often ask me how they can motivate their teams.  They want to know how to speak so that their team is aligned on the mission and excited to execute on it. I also speak with managers who wonder how to give

I’ll Be Happy When

February 28th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

Waiting for Time Image

As I see signs of us moving towards more normalcy in our lives and a few warm days reminding me that spring is coming, I become hopeful.  I have thoughts of “I’ll be happy when…I can be outside more… I can eat at a restaurant… I

Learning To Drink As I Pour

January 18th, 2022 by Kelly Kienzle

I pour a lot.  Don’t you?  I pour my heart into my family. I pour my energy into my work. I pour my resolve into my exercise.  I pour my care into others around me.  Pouring happens as almost a reflex now, because I have been

For the Love of Hamstrings

December 9th, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

I was cruising through the summer preparing for my first in-person race in 2 years, scheduled for early November.  I felt an annoying pain in my left hamstring that I had successfully ignored for the previous 3 months and I was pretty impressed by my toughness

Finding the Bright Spots

November 12th, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

We all feel the burnout.  We all sense our energy dropping.  The bars of our gas gauge are dwindling faster than a cell phone in the desert.  We are surrounded by negativity and struggle, such as political finger-pointing and systemic inequity. While these struggles are very