It's Showtime! Powerful Lessons in Authenticity From Two Movies | By Guest Author Ben Dooley

Yellow Brick Road Movie

It’s wonderful when we can learn powerful lessons from movies. The experience can be so visceral that we feel tremendously impacted. So, there are two wonderful documentaries out there that I highly recommend you rent.

“What? What is this? I’m reading this to be a better coach. Not to build my DVD collection.”

Bear with me. The first movie is “Children Will Listen” where 100 students from Inner City schools all converged to perform a production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. The other movie is “Yellow Brick Road,” which follows a production of “The Wizard of Oz” with a Read More…

Book Review - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The subtitle of this book really says it all: “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.”

Brene Brown has a Ph.D. She’s a researcher and academic in the realms of emotion, shame and authenticity. And while the author presents 10 guideposts to living what she calls “a wholehearted life”, she illustrates each with personal examples from her own journey. So it’s also a memoir, the author’s very personal story of coming to terms with being herself. And as she struggles with her own lack of worthiness and shame, she turns a Read More…

Book Review – “Difficult Conversations”



“Difficult Conversations – How to discuss what matters most” by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

In business and life we often avoid difficult conversations like asking for a hard-earned raise, confronting a family member who has been undermining us, giving feedback to a touchy colleague or raising a difficult subject with our partner. Is sweat trickling down your brow just thinking about it?

Conflict is inevitable and yet some people still try to avoid conflict – at all costs! Most of the rest of us keep doing our best but struggle or wish it was easier.

This book Read More…