A Leadership Lesson from George

By Carolyn Vreeman | March 11, 2019
George from The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce

A Leadership Lesson from George This is a story about culture, and about the barriers successful leaders break through to challenge what we know and become what we hadn’t dreamed possible.  No, I am not giving you the cliff notes from my husband’s children’s book, The Ball That Did Not Like to Bounce here, but I do want…

Don’t Leave Before You Leave

By Carolyn Vreeman | February 7, 2019
Don't leave until it's time to leave

Yesterday, I had a few meetings to reconnect with people who inspire me and who I had worked with in previous contracts or employment.  We discussed a number of challenges, but the one common thread that continued to unravel throughout the day through different facets and perspectives was this: don’t leave before you leave. You’re…

Debunk the myth: you don’t have to lead to achieve great success

By Carolyn Vreeman | March 28, 2018
The Proverbial Corporate Ladder

You don’t have to lead to achieve success. You don’t have to be a leader to achieve success. You don’t need a lofty title to achieve success. You don’t have to climb the career ladder step by step, rung by rung, to achieve success. Lately, coaching sessions and general conversations with leaders have rounded to…

Employee engagement: the song is changing, have you noticed?

By Carolyn Vreeman | November 20, 2017
Employee engagement: the song is changing, have you noticed?

Day after day, we sing the same song…over and over again. Then, one day the song changes yet people continue to sing the same outdated song over and over again. Is this the case with Employee Engagement? Will it be the case in our near future? We offer programs and activities and action plans and…

The Homeless Encounter in Seattle

By Carolyn Vreeman | August 2, 2017
Homeless man playing piano

“Let’s run, Mommy!” We are in the heart of Seattle on a long overdue family vacation. It’s our final day of touring the City, and we’re beginning the mile walk from the water to the science center. After two days of hearing our four year old complain of tired legs, I was ecstatic that she…

Gen X: The Middle Children

By Carolyn Vreeman | March 4, 2017
Gen X: The Middle Children

A middle child. I know it well. I was raised in a family of 4 children, the only other middle was the only boy. I play the role of the middle child in my family. At work, I play it, too…as a member of the Gen X generation. We are the Generation X (and some…

5 lessons from the year I stepped out of my comfort zone

By Carolyn Vreeman | February 28, 2017
5 lessons from the year I stepped out of my comfort zone.

In 2016, I left my job of 15 years to start building my own business coaching individuals and organizations through change.  It’s been an exhilarating and challenging experience that included mountain highs and valley lows. Below are a few lessons learned from my year of change. 1) Fight for what you believe in. Change work…

You are a leader

By Carolyn Vreeman | February 28, 2017
You are a leader

It’s the large moments created by thousands of small moments that truly make a difference…leading up to that one large moment when you recognize the feeling of being a great leader.   You guide, coach, and lead others.  You help them grow and achieve great success as individuals and as part of a team.  You…

When opportunity meets FOCUS

By Carolyn Vreeman | February 26, 2017
When opportunity meets FOCUS

2016:  The beginning of the year of change (written in early 2016) When I reflect, I recognize all that I have accomplished. When I look forward, I experience fear. I am at the threshold.  I am at a place of undeniable opportunity and I am facing the unknown.   I have been here before time…

Why leaders need a personal trainer at work

By Carolyn Vreeman | October 23, 2016
Why leaders need a personal trainer at work

“I know I need to do these things, and I know they will make a world of difference in my work. I know I need to practice these behaviors and this way of thinking every day, but sometimes I get tired and sometimes I want what I’ve done for 20 years because it’s easy. That’s…