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Your Story Matters: leading and living your creative best

Welcome—so glad you’re here. Do you, like me, want to work more creatively, lead lightly, be productive, and design the life you want to live? Are you curious about how storytelling can help you can engage others and shape meaning? If so, I hope you enjoy these posts and I look forward to hearing from you!

Cultivate the space for creativity

Cultivate the space for creativity

  You know the adage: “The past is the past,” often spoken as if the past is over and no longer a dynamic force in our lives. But is that so? Doesn’t the past still act upon us? And if that’s true, can’t we be a partner in the exchange and shape the story that we...

When times feel senseless, work artfully

When times feel senseless, work artfully

I woke up early Monday morning enjoying that magical moment before the dawn, when the earth lies resting, undisturbed, my mind is peaceful, and I can reflect a bit before the world wakes up and consumes my attention. I was writing on the topic, "What does it mean to...

When you’re fogged in, follow the markers

When you’re fogged in, follow the markers

There are mornings, here in the Pacific Northwest, when the fog covers the fields in a sheet of gray, and I can only see a few feet ahead as I walk out to feed the horses, Then there are mornings when a mental fog descends, and the path that seemed so clear the day...

Create a world. In six words.

Create a world. In six words.

Remember when you were in grade school and you returned from your summer break, knowing that your new teacher would ask you, once again, to write a story called My Summer Vacation. Why not write a story now that can convey the essence of your summer, in only six...

Do you suffer from email apnea?

Do you suffer from email apnea?

  When you return from a vacation, does anticipating all those waiting e-mails make your stomach twist? (I'm just back from my staycation.) Or, after devoting a morning to sorting through your inbox, does your brain go in circles as you find yourself getting...

Working from the vulnerable void

Working from the vulnerable void

Brené Brown did the world a great service when she shared, from her research and experience, about the importance of being willing to be vulnerable. But just because her TEDx talk went wildly viral and has been applauded by millions around the planet doesn't make it...

Four insights from the solar eclipse

Four insights from the solar eclipse

  In Seattle, we didn't see the total eclipse; at 92%, it seemed not even close. Light continued to pour over my property even as the partial eclipse came into view. Still the experience was magical, leaving me awake and in awe, and eager to share a few thoughts...

This is not the New Normal

This is not the New Normal

My heart breaks with Charlottesville. I am still grieving Charleston and so many other sites of senseless violence. Hate crimes wound us all. Why? How? What to do? Many questions. Few answers. I'm blessed and cursed to not be able to put senseless tragedies like this...

Improve your daily game with focus

Improve your daily game with focus

Last week I wrote about developing your imagination. This week I thought I'd balance things out with a left-brain productivity booster. Normally, I'm not a fan of the "just make it happen" school of sports and military inspired productivity talks. Like the oft-cited...

When concise can cripple

When concise can cripple

Get to the point In my business writing class in B-school, I learned to be succinct, concise and make my point quickly. Unlike the meandering essays of my earlier college days, business writing was about producing summaries in a page or less for executives to skim. In...

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

This week I‘m having a blast designing a business storytelling class for a client, interspersed with writing my blog. Working on two deadlines, I've had to ask myself: How much is enough? The question isn’t that straightforward. I’m always tempted to try to do more...

Dare to ask a bigger question

Dare to ask a bigger question

Several years ago, when I started to reinvent my business, I faced a sea of unknowns and many questions. I wondered: What was calling to me? How would my passion for story, or performance, fit into my leadership development work? Where would my work be most useful,...

Freedom! Let’s get the job done…

Freedom! Let’s get the job done…

My fifteen-year old granddaughter and her BFF cousin spent last week with us (such joy) and entertained us by singing most of the songs from the musical Hamilton. They did a wonderful rap, introducing us to the work of actor, director, and visionary, Lin-Manuel...

When One is More than Enough

When One is More than Enough

Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, and it was to his brother? Throughout Van Gogh's life, his brother was his main admirer, even as the world didn't understand, at the time, what Van Gogh had produced. If he hadn't created in...

When a Story Becomes a Game-Changer

When a Story Becomes a Game-Changer

If you ever needed proof of the power of story to set a direction for an industry, take a look at The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone by Brian Merchant, just released this week. (You can read a long excerpt here.) Creating a story about technology and the...

Is this it?

Is this it?

  Sometimes I open the door to my mind to write and there's nothing there. Depending on how I'm sitting (or what I'm hoping to do), this can feel like a blessing or a curse. As I was pondering what to write this week, all I could come up with was a poem by James...

Wow! You keep writing the most pertinent, passionate, and clear articles I have the pleasure to read. Bravo!

Doug Lipman

Story Dynamics

As always, Sally, I am dazzled and inspired by the elegance, eloquence and relevance of your writing…

BIll Veltrop

Founder, Global GEAnet

Meet Sally

She’s an inspiring communicator, an original thinker, she weaves big ideas and practical examples together to help her clients take their next big step forward. She teaches leadership presence by modeling it. 

She is visionary and practical, vulnerable and solid, accessible and real.  A perpetual learner herself, she’s not afraid to take risks to develop the talents of her clients.