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I feel blessed to have worked with thousands (yes, thousands) of amazing professionals and I’ve been thinking about how to connect more. Which is why I chose to create The Whipp — my newsletter. You’ll get nuggets of wisdom, a couple of laughs and insights (like the ones below) right in your inbox.

Don’t make me ask

Is there anything worse than having to beg for recognition? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into this issue with coaching clients and within organizations. It comes in many forms: Star performers who aren’t being compensated fairly or who deserve a pay increase but haven’t gotten one; employees who are clearly ready … Continued

Do I have broccoli between my teeth?

Ever had that awkward moment when someone lets you know that you have broccoli between your teeth? It’s not the most comfortable experience–and for a moment, you’re likely going to feel very embarrassed–but deep down, you know they did you a huge favor.  This is a perfect metaphor for a critical concept in leadership: giving … Continued

How to get on the AAA Team

As someone who’s spent the better part of her career on coaching and leadership training, you know that effective leadership is important to me. I know what a difference high-quality leadership can make when it comes to a business’s overall success. So a few weeks ago, when one of my clients approached me with challenges … Continued

Build or break: How to create confidence

If you’ve been paying attention to the Best Boss Ever podcast, you know that there are a few topics that come up regularly–and one of them is confidence. So often, when talking to guests about their “best boss ever,” we end up touching on the way that boss enhanced my guests’ confidence. This is just … Continued

When Your Worst Day Shows You A Best Boss

As many of you know, I’ve been hard at work on my second book and it’s brought up a lot of memories. It’s also made me take a hard look at what brought me to this place in my career, and why I’ve had such a strong focus on creating more “best bosses” as part … Continued

It’s not about balance

We so often hear that life is all about balance, and while in many ways that’s true, I think the term work-life balance has led us astray. Because at the end of the day, it isn’t really about “balance”—it’s not always going to be 50/50 when it comes to work and personal life. It’s not … Continued

Stress to impress

It seems no matter what we do, stress is an inevitable part of life. And this is especially true when it comes to work. Whether you’re stressing about finances, promotions, deadlines or a difficult colleague, there always seems to be something in the workplace that adds to our woes.  And sometimes, that difficult colleague is … Continued

How to be a first-class leader

It’s a good question, isn’t it?  Status is one of those things that we don’t actively think about, but it’s ingrained in our society and more specifically, corporate culture.  By nature, when you get the bigger title, the bigger job, the higher salary, the better office, there is an assumption that you’ve now elevated your … Continued

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Why we need to be promoting more people matter experts

In episode 55 of my podcast, Best Boss Ever, Jon Cogan shared his experience with his “worst boss ever”—a leader who epitomized the antithesis of ideal leadership qualities. This particular boss was notorious for deflecting blame and hoarding credit, a behavior pattern that demoralized the team and eroded trust. It highlighted the frustration and disillusionment … Continued

Why we need to start practicing leadership

In today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving world, thinking of leadership as a one-stop destination is like expecting your smartphone to never need an update—it’s pretty unrealistic. For years, I’ve been asking leaders to think of leadership as a practice, much like a legal practice or a yoga practice; one that’s focused on growth and adaptation rather than … Continued

The brand is personal

In today’s world, your personal brand is more important than ever. I talk about this a lot with high-potential leaders, because how you’re seen by those around you greatly influences the way people respond to you. It’s a piece of the leadership puzzle that we don’t often think about, but it’s so important to your … Continued

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How to create job security

The world is changing. The days of employees spending 30+ years at one company are over. And the same way employees are showing less and less loyalty to their employer, employers are showing less and less loyalty to their employees. “Mass layoffs” is a term heard ‘round the world, and it seems to be affecting … Continued

Leading by example: How our parents influence our leadership style

For better or for worse, you likely attribute a number of traits to one (or both!) of your parents. The way you look, the way you talk, and the way you think can all be traced back to your genetic makeup and formative experiences in childhood.  But there’s one area of your adult life that … Continued

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Going it alone: How to be a leader when you’re a team of one

Can you be a leader if you “officially” have nobody to lead? That’s a question that’s come up quite a few times recently. For example, I’m a solopreneur. While I have a number of adjacent businesses and contractors I work with to execute various areas of my business, I don’t have a team that directly … Continued

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Job posting: Compensation directly aligned to care

I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately, and last week, I had the privilege of staying in a gorgeous hotel. However, when I woke up for my day of meetings, I realized there was no hot water. I tried and tried again, finally giving up and resigning myself to an ice-cold shower. (So much … Continued

Is this the end of going above and beyond?

When you write a book called Too Busy to be Happy, it’s only natural for clients to ask about said busyness. How can they reserve more emotional real estate for their personal lives? How can they get ahead professionally without consistently giving up their free time? Is it necessary to always go “above and beyond” … Continued

The power of an ‘aha moment’

Whether you’ve been a Whipp subscriber for years or are new to our community, there’s a good chance you’ve heard me talk about the power of an “aha moment.” Those moments of sudden realization, when a challenge we were facing finally makes sense, are priceless. Something finally clicks and a new insight shifts our perspective. … Continued

When feedback is a setback…

No matter where you sit in the corporate hierarchy, there is one experience that is universal: Feedback. Feedback is critical as it provides valuable insights, uncovers blind spots, and helps professionals improve their skills and performance.  And while everyone has been (or still is) on the receiving end of feedback, you may also be responsible … Continued

How loving your people helps deliver their best

Until we meet again, Mr. P. Last week, I got the sad news that my beloved high school choir teacher passed away. Now you may not think that this news could (or should) rattle someone who’s been out of high school for more than 20 years. But it has. And that’s because Mr. P was … Continued

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How to save hours when preparing for a presentation

Do you get nervous before a big presentation? If you’re like me, you do–but as someone who’s also built a career on coaching large groups of people, I’ve had to get real comfortable with that anxiety. In fact, I had to figure out a way to reduce it.  Recently, I was asked to speak in … Continued

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More meetings that matter

If you work in any sort of professional  environment, you’ve likely experienced “meeting culture.” It’s one of the worst practices we’ve picked up–one that was likely exacerbated during the pandemic when meetings were the only form of (virtual) connection with colleagues. But now that that whole thing is behind us, I believe it’s high time … Continued

The five-minute rule

Five minutes. Three hundred seconds. That’s how long you have to make sure your voice is heard in group meetings. It’s what I’ve nicknamed the five-minute rule. But before we get into it, let me explain where it came from. I have quite a few clients who I would classify as extremely introverted. These are … Continued

The great expectations gap

How many questions do you think you ask in a day? Between my clients, my kids, and my husband, there’s no doubt that I ask hundreds. And sometimes, I believe we ask questions without really considering the possible responses. Let me give you an example: We’re having some work done to our house, and we’re … Continued

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Let’s see leadership in 3D

I spend a lot of time thinking (and talking!) about the best bosses ever. Not only is it the concept behind my podcast, but it’s also one of the most popular programs my company, Leader in Motion, runs with our corporate clients. Why? Because employees don’t quit their jobs, they quit their bosses. For a … Continued

Tipping the scales on worthiness

Has something ever rattled your confidence? Because you’re human, the answer is likely yes. But the real question is whether that “something” was rationally or irrationally linked to your insecurities.   I woke up one morning (ironically it was International Women’s Day) and marched into the bathroom and stepped on the scale. I glance at the … Continued

Who was your role model when it came to having fun?

In my last blog Can making more money make you feel poorer?, I challenged all of us to consider the relationship between making more money and being time-poor. Interestingly, I had several people reach out to comment on this topic. It turned into a meaty conversation with a client the other day. Jane, her name changed … Continued

Can making more money make you feel poorer?

What does it mean to be wealthy vs. poor? As most of us grow up and develop, there’s usually one answer modeled for all of us: Money. While it’s true that acquiring money is a form of wealth that correlates to success for so many of us. In this week’s piece, I challenge us to … Continued

The benefits of an icy cold plunge into discomfort

A week ago, I had a very interesting experience.  I decided to sneak away from the office on a Wednesday afternoon and play hooky with a great friend of mine. We went to this gorgeous outdoor Scandinavian spa with hot and cold pools, a steam room, a sauna, and the usual promise of blissful escapism. … Continued

The Mechanics of Motivation

Last week, I read a quote that reminded me why I quit career coaching almost as fast as I started career coaching:  “If you wait until you’re motivated, you’ve already lost.”   The piece goes on to highlight some examples, like “Surgeons don’t always feel like doing surgery. Teachers don’t always feel like teaching. Parents don’t always … Continued

Sometimes we already have what we are looking for

What if you already had exactly what you were looking for? When most of us think about the new year, we think about what we want compared to what we have. We want more success, prosperous relationships, money, travel, quality time with family, or more JOY!  More joy, right? Who doesn’t want more joy? But as … Continued

Do we need mirrors?

“Why can’t I just do this stuff at home” is what I thought after an obscene amount of jumping jacks and skipping rope. Last week, I was in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout class at 6:30 am. Now, to get there, I had to shovel my car out of seemingly endless snow, which, to … Continued

The double “Lean In” Conundrum

I am starting to see a new trend of burnout in both professional men and women. And no one is talking about it.  Women are delaying motherhood and investing heavily in their careers: Professional and relational landscapes for men and women, specifically couples, have changed in the past few decades. As a result, so have … Continued

What do you do when you can’t handle the life you’ve created and you just wish you had more time.

From the outside, your life looks successful. But inside you’re overwhelmed and exhausted. The harder you try to juggle it all, the more burned out you feel, and your attempts to manage it all are not working.

Everyone has a finite amount of emotional real estate to process decisions, change, drama, baggage, and relationships. Too Busy to Be Happy reveals how you can make conscious choices about what you allow to occupy it, and how to defend those choices against the inherent impulse to do it all. With eight practical tools for dealing with the challenges you encounter every day, Christine Laperriere teaches you how to reclaim and boost your energy and work-life wisdom.

It is possible to be successful and sane – to be busy and happy. Too Busy to Be Happy shows you how.

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