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From Consumption to Contribution

When what you do for a living goes from being a means to earn an income, to an absolute moral imperative, you’ve found your life’s calling. – Kathleen O’Grady Forgive me for quoting myself (I’m not that vain, I promise), but the above thought came to me in the shower several years ago, and I…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On March 15, 2015
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The Big Bad Wolf of Entrepreneurship

Avoiding the Forest For some, the thought of starting a small business brings about such intense fear that they won’t allow themselves to entertain the possibility. I know because there was a time when the idea of being 100% responsible for my livelihood gave me such intense panic that I chose to believe that I…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On April 22, 2014
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Self-consciousness vs. Spirit-consciousness

The whole intention behind Authentic Leadership Coaching (to which I have dedicated my life’s work) is to tap into the ‘being‘ of the person versus the ‘doing‘. The more someone seeks external validation for their self worth, the less they are able to achieve true inner peace through internal validation. Granted, it’s human and perfectly…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On April 16, 2014
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3 Tips for Authentic Entrepreneurship

Whether you are launching or sustaining your own small business, it’s easy to get sucked into the endless barrage of fear-based thinking that can cause you to doubt yourself, your offerings, and your decision to be self-employed in the first place. Here are some simple reminders to keep you motivated, inspired and on your mission:…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On April 14, 2014
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3 Authentic Leadership Lessons c/o Beyonce

Recap on the Beyonce Buzz… As most of us know, Beyonce’ was bashed for having lip-synced the National Anthem during the Presidential Inauguration late last month. I personally do not see why such a big deal was made of this (given all of the other, more important, issues in the world), but I can understand…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On February 4, 2013
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Beware Stormy-Weather Friendships

Forecasting Friendships Given it is the beginning of a new year, it’s important to take an inventory of the people in your life, who you have given your time and attention to, and who may no longer be serving you. I highly recommend doing this! In identifying who your true friends are, you may wish…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On January 7, 2013
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Serial Scapegoating | Ripple Effects of Blame

(I recently became quite fascinated with the dynamics and damaging effects of scapegoating. Unlike my more positive blog posts, this one exposes the darker side of leadership, and people in general.) Denial leads to Defamation People are generally motivated to cultivate and defend a positive self-image (Greenwald, 1980). One common way that people protect their…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On October 13, 2012
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Leggo your Ego | Waffling with the Authentic Self

(Pardon the pun. While having waffles for lunch today this blog title came to mind, and well, I just had to.) Drama vs. Dharma There are several definitions of the word Darhma, but in this case I am referring specifically to ‘the act of living one’s life according to our own individual nature’, or Authentic…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On September 15, 2012
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Ray Dalio’s Former Assistant, The Devil Wears Prada?

Had I known that my ‘little known blog’ on Ray Dalio would be picked up by Kevin Roose and included in this provocatively titled NY Times article, I would have said so much more… The Devil Wears Prada reference he made was not the point…but obviously mainstream enough to go viral. Then this morning I…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On March 15, 2012
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The Productivity of Stillness

Have you convinced yourself that your success and self-worth are determined by how busy you are? Do you need to formulate creative explanations or seek permission, from others and yourself, to just stop for a second and do nothing? Do you think meditation is a waste of time and something only New Age people do?…
  • Posted by kathleenogrady
  • On February 29, 2012
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