When to Stop Digging: Embracing Change and Letting Go

July 8, 2024

Hello and happy summer! I hope the summer is treating you well. This summer is busy for The Sparks Group with a trip to Thailand for me (more on that…

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Reflecting on 10 Years of Impact: The Sparks Group Journey

June 4, 2024

June marks the 10-year anniversary of The Sparks Group. Wow!    I am regularly asked how my entrepreneurial journey has been, and I often talk about my mindset at various…

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Crafting Communication is a Strategic Choice

May 6, 2024

Dear readers,  One thing I love about our coaches, facilitators, and consultants is the variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives they bring and share with their clients and with…

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Rethinking Training as More Than Just a Magical Fix

April 8, 2024

Dear readers,  Today I’m delighted to share some words of wisdom from an amazing Instructional Designer who works with The Sparks Group, Jennifer Eichenberg! Jennifer designs and develops training and…

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Tourist, Traveler, or Pilgrim?

February 26, 2024

  In life, are you a tourist, a traveler, or a pilgrim? I love to travel, as many people do. When I learned Rick Steves was giving a talk in Charlotte,…

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Strategic Planning That Hits

February 5, 2024

  I was recently asked to facilitate the strategic planning retreat for a long-term client of The Sparks Group. I thought I would share the story of this work to…

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Happy Holidays: You are seen. You are safe. You belong.

December 19, 2023

Happy Holidays from The Sparks Group! We hope you are enjoying the season in whatever ways are most meaningful for you. Also: this can be a tough time of year…

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Teamwork Ugh

November 6, 2023

Teamwork. Collaboration. It sounds so straightforward, doesn’t it? Time and again, however, leaders share with us just how challenging it is. Many models describe what effective teaming looks like, the…

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Romancing the Stone … or Not.

October 23, 2023

Often, when people think of Cartagena, Colombia, they think of either Romancing the Stone or the illegal drug trade.   Far more pedestrian, Cartagena was the site of our second annual…

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Why I Became an Executive Coach

October 9, 2023

I’m often asked how and why I became a coach. Let’s go back to 2008. I had just moved to Charlotte for my new role running the succession planning program…

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