Deanna's Thoughts

Failing Thoughtfully

Every time you fail, there’s a story to tell, and people love to hear how someone fell on their face. Just take a look at our news.  But do you end your story with your failure, or do you also include the lesson? Failure is only a tragedy when you try and cover it up […]

Great leaders benefit from coaching too

The other day I was working with a group of leaders from a global company. The topic was coaching for their employees.  They were set up with the basic understanding of coaching and then paired off and asked to coach each other.  When they came back into the main room, one of the participants shared […]

THANK YOU, for hanging with me in 2021.

Tomorrow we mark the end of 2021.  I’m fortunate to have a big group of friends who gather every NYE in Westerly, RI. There are usually 12 adults and six kids. Because of Covid, we didn’t gather last year. This year planning started early. There was definite excitement at the idea of gathering again and […]

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You’re not creative??? That’s BS…here’s why.

Have you ever thought…I’m not a creative person? Well, let me help you flip that sentiment on its rear.  Because language is a completely creative outlet. You’re creating all the time using language. You run into a friend and say, “We should go to lunch next Friday.” Your friend says, “Yes! I’d love to…how about […]

Here’s my wish for you…

The other day, I turned onto the I-5 on-ramp, and it looked like the dystopian future.  There was no one, I mean not a single car on the freeway heading south. My brain could not compute what it was seeing.  Where were all of the cars? I live in Los Angeles, a city known for […]

Age ain’t no thing… you can still change.

My mom shocked me over Thanksgiving.  Well, first, she hurt me. I don’t think she did it intentionally. She quickly said something right after giving her a gift that took me back to my childhood days of not being seen or heard.  And whew, boy, I bet the whole restaurant could feel the steam coming […]