Posts by Tracey Thorsen-Brady

Strong Roots

Three weeks ago, I trekked to a town in Minnesota – population 345 – to reconnect with some of my dad’s mother’s family members. We get together every 10 years, so it’s no surprise that many make the effort to travel from points across the country for the three-day event. From the eight children of…

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Community Involvement

LAITHOS believes that brilliant leadership: inspires leadership in others; is a catalyst for great cultures; and shares a vision that generates community.  During my two-decade corporate career, I had opportunities to fix, change, and create processes and systems for almost all company functions. In early career days, my focus was to educate people on new…

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Know Your Audience

A new client came to me with the goal of being promoted into a C-Suite executive position. People respected him but they couldn’t seem to relate or connect to him. I listened in on some calls where interaction with others was high. What I noticed could be a game-changer, with some coaching and practice.  When…

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The Unexpected Journey

The coaching engagement has finished, and the client says: “This isn’t what I expected … it’s made a huge difference in my life.”  When my clients realize that their greatest learnings – the biggest takeaways – from our time together have nothing to do with why we started coaching in the first place, I get…

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Against All Odds

Underdog … long-shot … outsider. Commentators used these words to describe a horse that replaced one that scratched the day before the Kentucky Derby. Given the odds of 80:1, this last-minute entry – Rich Strike – astounded everyone by winning this prestigious race.  That got me thinking about brilliant leadership, and how leaders look at…

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Combating Conflict

The photo above is often how people picture conflict – people in a serious disagreement, arguing about who is right and who is wrong; tensions high; emotions worn on their sleeves.    With executive clients I’ve supported as their coach and trusted advisor, conflict shows up differently. It dances in the background – landing only…

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It’s The Little Things

As I entered my local grocery store this weekend, I reached for a shopping cart. My thoughts weren’t on my list of needed items, but rather on how much I appreciated the cart gliding through the store. It was effortless to push; there were no rattling wheels, no need to course-correct the direction it was…

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Inspiration Exemplified

Over the last dozen days, we’ve seen brilliant leadership gloriously exemplified by Ukrainian President Zelensky.  At LAITHOS, we describe this part of the leadership journey as moving from clarity and confidence towards vision. And from that, building a community helps propel movement towards aligned action. After you are very clear and confident in the core…

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Why Me? The Key to Adaptability

During our seven-month home renovation, my husband, Doug, and I had a key contractor abruptly leave the job. After the initial shock of discovering he wouldn’t be with us until the end, I panicked. My stomach was in knots and my mind raced with ways to figure out how to “fix” the problem. I tried…

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It’s Never Too Late

The month of January is renowned in the United States for two things: New Year’s resolutions and the National Football League (NFL) playoffs.  While, historically, I haven’t been a huge fan of the latter, I must admit that living close to Tampa Buccaneers’ football team hometown has increased my interest … not to mention that…

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