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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!

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...

What is your creative work?

What is your creative work?

What does it mean to work creatively, and to know that you are doing the creative work that is uniquely yours to do? These are questions I’m asking myself as I begin writing Meeting the Muse at Midlife: Finding your creative work in the 3rd act of life (book title,...

How to (not) Play Squirrel

How to (not) Play Squirrel

Some years ago, I was walking my beloved Springer Spaniel, Lady, to the dog park. She was pretty well trained to heel off-leash, and sat calmly beside me as we waited to cross a busy arterial and enter the dog-friendly area on the other side of the street. Bad choice....

A chance to live dangerously

A chance to live dangerously

Since you’re going to get older, why not get a bit bolder? I heard those words last week from Dr. Bill Thomas when he offered a live, theatrical event entitled Life’s Most Dangerous Game, designed to disrupt how we think about aging. Bill, whom I had the privilege of...

Spring for some new reading

Spring for some new reading

Spring is hitting the northwest, almost in time for summer. We broke Seattle's rainfall record for April, But now it’s oh-so-beautiful, as the trees start daring to come out. Before that time of the year begins when many of us will be drawn to be outside, why not do a...

Finding the essential in aerospace and art

Finding the essential in aerospace and art

I recently had an opportunity to tour Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company. Tucked in an industrial area near Seattle, with no signage divulging its name, Blue Origin felt to me like a cross between the...

How to Birth a Dream—Gently

How to Birth a Dream—Gently

Before a dream can be transformed into a project in the world, it has to be born. We talk about "making" dreams come true, but isn't that a bit pushy for something as tender as a dream? Many books and articles on entrepreneurship explode with archetypically male...

Why Some Meetings Fail Before They Begin

Why Some Meetings Fail Before They Begin

If you work in an organization or business, or volunteer regularly in the community, how many hours do you spend weekly in meetings? Count them up and I think you'll agree, meetings are America's growth industry! And because of this, improving meetings is the...

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.