The wisdom to pause, reflect, and remain calm has gotten me safely to the other side of big life transitions. I call that process my “Plan BE.”

Marketing wisdom evolves from the marriage of knowledge and experience—and helps us make choices in an ever-changing, unpredictable world.

Each year, we select a senior growth leader for our CLIC Beacon Award. We honor and recognize their commitment to promoting shared knowledge, inspiration, and experiences. The recipient  models the traits of a strategic leader: open, real, and respectful.

The Midlife Innovator cohort (our 9th) will harness corporate and personal wisdom to fuel reinvention and long-term growth.

What I recommend is contrary to Western work norms: stop plate-spinning. In my recent LinkedIn newsletter, I have outlined the case to embrace the power of the pause.

Why does this topic matter? Because I am witnessing how generative AI and efficiency pressures are plunging CEOs, CMOs and market leaders into a pile of misaligned teams, missed deadlines, and competing priorities.

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“The most important thing for who you are is not what you say YES to, but what you say NO to.” If these wise words work for A-listers, they can work for you.

January is the ideal time to kick start question #6 in my list of Mindful Questions: Ten years from now, what is one thing you will regret if you do not learn or do it now?

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I love this time of year when I get to help leaders design their annual kickoff meetings and refresh their vision for future growth.

Sadly, some growth grinches roam these gatherings. Much like the grumpy solitary creature in the film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” some leaders miss the true meaning and mechanics behind this important holiday –the planning season. In 2023, I witnessed how these “bah humbug” habits disrupted investor confidence, demoralized team members, and crushed careers….