#ShowingUp with Anese Cavanaugh

It Wasn't 2016's Fault. 2017 is Not the Hero. Wherever We Go, There We Are.

Catching up with an old friend this past weekend, talking about the New Year and how 2017 is shaping up, he launched into a rant about 2016. "2016 was so brutal, dear Lord I was just so happy to get out of that year and into the next. 2016 terrorized me. Constant anxiety. People were just a*holes. It sucked. Was so happy for 2017." And on and on and on.

As I listened to him go, I was struck by how many times I'd heard or read some version of this as the year came to a close. Either online, on Facebook, at the airport, or just in the grocery line, there was a song that went basically like this, "This year sucked, thank God it's over, we'll be saved by next year. Phew! Oh ya! This year blew! This next year I'm going to be new!" (I'm not a song writer, but you get my gist.)

The death of celebrities was blamed on 2016. Bad health? 2016. High tension and stress? 2016. Political nightmares? 2016. Financial pressures? 2016. Getting fired? 2016. Not getting a book deal? 2016. That break up? Oh ya, THAT break up? 2016. Even Mariah's Times Square sound check issue, at the very last minute of 2016? 2016!

You name it, 2016 did some bad stuff to people.

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#ProjectImpeccable: Create a Stronger Foundation and Improve Your Leadership

Hello! I’ve been excited and surprised by the response to the upcoming #ProjectImpeccable program that starts on 1/26. I wasn’t sure, when we released it, how many people we'd get or who would show up - it's been fun to watch the unfolding of what is quickly become one of my favorite and most meaningful projects!

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Be Your Word for 2017: Introducing #ProjectImpeccable2017

Earlier this year in the midst of a rather intense period of time personally and professionally I started looking for "short cuts" and "hacks" to help me be more productive, more clear, more efficient, more better, more me.

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13 Anchors to Ground You in 2017 (and a Personal Share)

For any of you who know me, you know that every year, at the end of the year, I send out a list of questions for reflection of the closing year, intentions for the new year, and a share of some of my own greatest learnings. I love doing it and it feels like an important ritual that grows me in different ways each time.

If you're familiar with this process, or are on my mailing list, you likely also know that every year, I say the year was BIG. Rich. Educational. Serendipitous. Painful. Delightful. Always learning from both. Always expansive (if I let it be). My heart, soul, and brain integrating as I go.

This annual ritual serves me, those I love and lead, and the incoming year, very well.

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5 Questions (and "Answers") to Increase Your Leadership Confidence Now

I was working with a brilliant business leader last week on her leadership impact with her team. She's smart, huge heart, highly talented, and wicked quick (I'm heading to Boston right now as I type -- excuse me while I get my "Boston" geared up). She needed some support with some of the team dynamics she was seeing -- specifically around trust and safety on the team. She also had a strong sense she was a part of creating said dynamics.

 

We got to work. Dug in. Half way through our conversation I asked her three questions:

 

What was she doing to take care of herself on a daily basis? What was her level of self-trust? And how kind was she to herself?

 

Simple questions. I was curious.

 

She burst into tears.

 

This is not uncommon.

 

I get to work with all sorts of people in all sorts of industries, in all sorts of positions, in all sorts of rooms, and at all sorts of venues.

 

Here's the thing, no matter who the human, the industry, their position, or their intended impact... these humans engage to be even better. They Show Up to lead.

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