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By Cindy Yantis It was announced in Variety last week that the Tony Award winning play, The Normal Heart, is finally being made into a film, and with no less than the brilliant Ryan Murphy directing. I found this news particularly exciting because I witnessed firsthand the very beginning of the fast moving surge that's culminating with the film. My friend, actor and producer David Youse, had the spark of an idea to bring Larry Kramer's 1985 masterpiece back to life for its 25th Anniversary. He had Mr. Kramer's blessing, then hired Oscar & Tony winner Joel Grey (that's David and Joel to the right) to direct a star studded reading at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles which has raised over $175,000 benefiting several AIDS organizations. A New York reading starring Glenn Close followed which really created a buzz. Broadway producer Daryl Roth took the play to Broadway and... Read more →


I'm sure there are many days you'd rather end that sentence as in the classic 1977 Johnny Paycheck hit. I find it ironic that Johnny’s last name is Paycheck given the theme of this post. I’m just sayin’. I read a crazy statistic that some 1 million people call in sick every day and surveys vary, but anywhere from 45% to 87% of people in this country don’t like their jobs. So, if this is you, you’re definitely not alone. But, this isn’t a misery-loves-company kind of day. How about in honor of this day of love, you make a vow to really love your job. Even if it’s just for a day? If you’re already there, congratulations! If not, perhaps some of the following ideas might help: Call in sick. Kidding. First morning thoughts – when you get up in the morning, think of 3 things you’re really looking... Read more →


It's not what you do that matters, it's who you are. But, at the same time they are connected, aren't they? When what you do matters to you, then you are more of who you are supposed to be. Read more →


"It's Finally Leap Year!" That's what I imagine people born on February 29th say when a leap year comes around and they get to celebrate their true birthday. Well, it's not technically a leap year, the next one is 2012. But, this is the phrase that came to mind as I set my theme for 2011. I don't like New Year's resolutions. I prefer setting a slate of clear goals and giving myself an overall theme for the year. Goals are great because they give you milestones to put into your life GPS for the year. But, the theme. The theme is your undercurrent, your throughline, your foundation or your touchstone for the annual journey. It's the platform on which you place your goals and it's the glue that keeps them in place as you forge your path. And, they give an overall meaning and purpose to your plan. One... Read more →


Photo by Mandy von Stahl on Unsplash Awhile back, while attending the five-year-old birthday party of a little friend, I encountered a most surprising artist, who created, truly, the coolest balloon creatures I've ever seen. I think the adults were into it more than the kids. She made me a butterfly which she whipped up in mere seconds, along with alligators (with teeth), dogs, tigers, mermaids, hats, flowers, you name it. This artist was in pure joy creating her art and has been doing it since she was five-years-old herself. It reminded about a story I saw on CBS Sunday Morning, about master ventriloquist Terry Fator, who became fascinated with his art form when he was about ten and perfected it until he became an "overnight success" after winning "America's Got Talent" in 2007. Since then, he's signed a $100 Million dollar deal as a headliner in Vegas. The thread... Read more →


Dinner guests were arriving when the electric igniter went out on my oven. And, then a few minutes later I discovered the igniter on my gas grill was also out. After a momentary panic attack I re-thought the evening, ordered in and we got a laugh out of it. But, being aware of metaphor and the subtle epiphanies it can bring, it got me thinking about where in our lives the igniters go out from time to time. For both the grill and the oven it was an easy fix to re-ignite the mechanism. What about re-igniting our lives and careers? It’s a powerful act and allows you to live your life rather than your life living you. Taking it a step further, it got me thinking about the impact other Re’s can have on us and all we do. Think about your own life and career for a moment.... Read more →


I love connecting with extraordinary people; it's part of my amazing journey in this life. And, in my current stead of helping people build meaningful and successful careers I have had the esteemed pleasure of running across remarkable folks who are really out there DOING IT, people who have exploded their personal brands! Your personal brand is the most important factor when laying out an effective career blueprint and then building and executing that blueprint into an targeted action plan. So, I have gathered 50 Seriously Greats Tips to Elevate Your Personal Brand in 2010 from people who are certainly doing it themselves and who were very quick to come forward, offering help to you. Many of them will be thought and game changers for you in your career and business. Your personal brand is the most important factor when laying out an effective career blueprint and then building and executing that blueprint into an targeted action plan. So, I have gathered 50 Seriously Greats Tips to Elevate Your Personal Brand in 2010 from people are certainly doing it themselves and who were very quick to come forward, offering help to you. Many of them will be thought and game changers for you in your career and business. Read more →


“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” ~ John Gardner, Author During trying times sometimes troublesome situations at work do seem mountainous and insurmountable: shrinking budgets, staffs, client lists, time, etc. As a leader you're likely facing the daily charge of producing more with less. A key leadership attribute is demonstrating “Grace Under Fire”. And, here are a few tools for helping you get there. Utilize Filter Statements – A filter statement, like “it is what it is”, “this too shall pass”, or “it's a moment in time", filters the largess of the situation and immediately accomplishes two things. It brings people into the present moment narrowing the lens through which you look at the circumstance, so they don’t compound it into something it isn’t It centers the conversation, putting a calming prospective to things and allows you to get back to... Read more →


Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” I take that to mean that how you contribute and make a difference each day puts the “life in your years.” It got me thinking. To have a meaningful career means being driven by a vision or purposeful goal that is connected to making an impact, making a difference. And when you come from the truth of your vision and from a place of positive influence, people and opportunities will be drawn to you. Many times when we think about career, it’s about setting goals in terms of what we want to achieve, how we can climb the ladder, make more money. That’s all good. We all need goals. But to have true sense of accomplishment and purpose, if your overall vision is tied into how you make a... Read more →


There was a magnificent rainbow out my kitchen window recently. It was one of those breathtaking ones where you could see the entire thing from beginning to end. We’d been hit with torrents in Los Angeles; and, this hopeful vista was an organic reminder that there is an end to the storm; it represents a gateway to things better and brighter. It got me thinking about how “Rainbow Thinking” in terms of career, and life for that matter, might go along way toward keeping us focused on what matters. I bloody love metaphors and rainbows are the mother lode. Stop and think about it for a moment. What do rainbows mean to you? Some may say it’s just a sign the rain has stopped. Well, even that simple statement is full of metaphor if you’ll let yourself go there. Other rainbow meanings that come to mind: it’s a sign of... Read more →