Speaking Engagements

  • Looking for a speaker who is dynamic and passionate?
  • Looking for a speaker that speaks your language?
  • Looking for a versatile,  inspirational Speaker who will tailor the message to fit your group’s particular challenge or struggle? 

Download Speaker Sheet Read More

Lights On! A Reflective Journey

LightsOn Book by Claire Knowles"Here's a quick peek at the Table of Contents" of this exciting new book! Women in Leadership...focus your attention to Chapter 10 especially!

Sample Chapter - "Sometimes we all need a little push."

Order Lights On! Book

Success Workshops

  • Does your group need to be rejuvenated? Re-focused?
  • Are you struggling to survive?   
  • Is there in-fighting?
  • Have you lost your focus?
  • Sense of accomplishment?
  • Is the group exhibiting non-professionalism?

Read More

Posts Tagged ‘Lights On!’

The Single Yellow Rose…the Promise of a New Beginning

Written by Claire Knowles on . Posted in Courage to Become, Latest News, Lights On!, Moving Forward, Starting Anew

imagesA single yellow rose graces our kitchen table; it was plucked from one of our back-yard rose bushes, adding a nice touch to a bright summer day. The yellow rose has a special meaning—that of “Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight and the Promise of a new beginning.” I like the symbolism of the yellow rose…especially the Promise of a new beginning…yes, the ability for renewal, for another day unfolding…with the opportunity to become whatever it is that we choose to have, to do, or to be!

I think that most of my readers know that I’ve always had something deep within me that connects to the career aspect of the feminist movement…that is, the right of women to have gender equality, in our careers, our educations, our lives. (How can I forget my involvement in the movement for women just to be able to wear pantsuits, instead of dresses in Corporate America in 1968? Yes, that fight saw me at the forefront! And Corporate America for women has changed!) A lot has happened in these last 45 years; indeed, young women today don’t even think about the fact that there once were social/cultural requirements for what you could/could not wear! Let alone what careers we could engage in, or what curriculums were available to us to pursue. (Yes, those gender barriers needed to be broken down). What does this have to do with the yellow rose? A lot.

I recently read an article about Gloria Steinem, who was both huge and controversial in the Women’s Liberation Movement. Now, at the age of 78, and after a lifetime of groundbreaking contributions, (some embraced, some not), she still believes that her greatest accomplishment has yet to happen. When asked, in a Q&A Session, what she thought her greatest contribution was, she quickly replied, “I don’t know; I haven’t done it yet!” Wow! Just think about the inspiration that message conveys —for each of us who are trying to make the world a better place within our sphere of influence, and who are likely a good bit younger!

Like the yellow rose, petals still unfolding, we each have new beginnings, new potentialities, and new days ahead of us. Our greatest accomplishments and contributions to the world may yet be ahead of us….no matter what our age!
Here’s to you! Lights On!

Lights On! Solving the Wicked Problems…Leadership for Women Leaders

Written by Claire Knowles on . Posted in Anchored, Empowered by Choice, Leadership for Women Leaders, Lights On!, Moving Forward

Solving Wicked Problems in the Workplace – You’ve probably heard the term wicked problem—primarily because of its resistance to resolution. Leaders can overcome that resistance to change.  In the workplace, we often note recurring problems, recycling of issues, re-addressing of issues as having to deal with the wicked problem…a real bane for leaders…it is about that problem that just doesn’t seem to want to go away. It resurfaces time and time again, even after new things are put in place with the expectation that the resolve, when implemented, would work. Sometimes, the very people seeking to solve the problem are also causing it. Often the problem has many tentacles; that is, it is connected to many other challenges.

In my consulting I find that leaders and groups really do want to resolve their wicked problems. I use a proprietary process to get really clear on defining the situation and its tentacles. And then, I push the organization to get really clear on exactly what it is that is anchoring the issue to the status quo. What is often necessary is not only putting into place what is needed to move forward but equally important, is to break the chains that are anchoring it to the former way or situation (systems, turf, cultures, norms, undiscussables). This is a key learning for change management.

So the next time you’re wondering why implementation for change is not working well, take a close look at what is anchoring that which is resistant to change. That’s where constructive action must first be placed.  Call me and let’s discuss how to resolve your organization’s wicked problems.  716-622-7753

:Clear your mind of can’t.” ~ Samuel Johnson