Posts by Tracey Thorsen

I Have My Doubts

I have always enjoyed watching the Summer Olympics. While I like watching certain events, I appreciate the athleticism of all competitors. This was the first year I also watched the Paralympics; and the word appreciation doesn’t even scratch the surface. These athletes model courage, fortitude, perseverance, drive, focus, and creativity. These were just a few…

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Silence is Not Golden

My husband and I are halfway through a four-month renovation on our home. Over the first couple of months, the small crew of craftsmen have formed a true team: The collective mission is shared, their roles are defined, individual goals are set, and results are routinely delivered. As a homeowner, I certainly appreciate the “what”…

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Measure Progress a Step at a Time

One of the reasons people work with coaches is to change certain outcomes, which means evolving one or more of their behaviors (because we focus on what they can control). Their excitement is high when we first begin because they can’t wait to get it “right.” They have convinced themselves that once they understand what…

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Lift Your Creativity

As you may know by now, the LAITHOS partners—ME, Jen, and I—rotate responsibility each week for sharing our perspectives on leadership impact. This was my week and, as I opened my computer, that paralyzing “writer’s block” descended upon me. I racked my brain to find what I considered a topic that hadn’t been covered. After…

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I’ve Made Up My Mind

Earlier this year, my husband, Doug, and I made a life-changing decision to move from Atlanta to Sarasota. Since then, our time has been nearly consumed with a variety of “to do” lists – from readying the Georgia house for sale, to determining what to downsize, to figuring out the multiple redesign options for the…

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Life = Legacy

There have been several celebrations in my family this past week:  great-niece Charlotte turned one year old; sister-in-law Janet and brother-in-law Brian turned a few years more than Charlotte; and about 150 people are gathering in Wisconsin to celebrate the life of Marian Croak, who lived 96 vibrant years. As a mother of eight, grandmother…

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Word Fillers Dilute Your Message

It’s always a joy when I work with great leaders who want to become brilliant ones. There isn’t a definitive list of what defines great vs. brilliant because the delta is unique for each person. That said, there are foundational characteristics of great leaders which we outline in The LAITHOS Way™. For example, great leaders:…

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Video Conferencing – Too Much of a Good Thing?

Nobody would have predicted that in less than a year, a certain video conferencing company’s stock would grow about 400% or that its name would evolve into a global, generic verb …“Zoom” is akin to how “Kleenex” is used when people refer to any type of facial tissue. While the pandemic is nothing I want…

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Progress – An Inch at a Time

There are so many reasons why people work with coaches. For example, one can: increase awareness of their impact; learn new skills; change behavior or mindset; explore what’s next or what’s possible; be held accountable for reaching a goal. For some, the road to their desired change can take just months; for others, it might…

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Transitioning Through Change

Four months ago, I wrote about change and the challenges that some people have in embracing it. It was easy to write since I’ve experienced so much change in my life. Fast forward two months … my husband and I decide to make a major change. We’re expediting our two-year timeline and moving by mid-year…

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