Butler Talks About Intercultural Musings, Coaching and More

  • Your Narrative of Your Past Impacts the Possibilities You See in the Future
    by butlertalks on June 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      This past month I had the honor to be showcased by the talented photographer Melissa Maillett in her Women Entrepreneur Success Series. I love the results of the photo shoot. What came as a surprise were unexpected insights triggered by Melissa’s thoughtful interview questions. As I outlined my professional journey, I started to […]

  • What’s SCRUM and Agile Got to Do With Adult Learning and Leadership?
    by butlertalks on March 13, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      How organizations can remain focused and effective in an ever-changing, complex environment Recently I have had the honor and privilege to assume a coaching role with several leaders in STEM-based organizations. To prepare myself and to better understand their world, I took several crash courses in Lean Management, Scrum and Agile Methodology. I […]

  • Stronger Together Into 2018
    by butlertalks on December 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I am so very proud of the courageous women in my Women Business Owner Mastermind Group! We had a fantastic year together filled with challenges, setbacks, triumphs and successes.  We are each other’s board of directors, each other’s fiercest advocates and no-holding-back sounding boards. My business would not be as successful and well run […]

  • First-time in a Foreign Country – From the U.S. to Taiwan and Back with Grace and Gratefulness
    by butlertalks on December 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    When you have a positive impact on a client and open new doors … best feeling! In late August, I coached a young professional in preparation for her first ever international trip – a 10-week work assignment in Taiwan. Introverted, cautious, self-declared foodie, not wanting to turn down a unique offer to support the company’s … […]

  • Employees as Consumers
    by butlertalks on November 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    What is it like to work in YOUR organization? How are you stacking up against other organizations competing for the same talent pool? Last week, I attended an interesting event hosted by HR Alliance DC: Create an Engaging Employee Experience presented by Shaara Roman and Jennifer Ives. Captivated by a talk about […]

  • Your Bait is for the Fish – Not for You
    by butlertalks on July 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    The most recent session of the Vienna Women Business Owner Mastermind Group focused on incorporating our individual business story in the heart piece of our business websites. We invited the talented business writer Jan Whiteley to speak to the group about crafting a compelling business story. Of course our group members are all well-versed in […]

  • Warm Bodies in Seats – No Sign of Life – Now What?
    by butlertalks on June 30, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Do you know what it feels like to tread water in churning seas, to work in an environment where people are disengaged and have stopped caring for the work they are hired to do and for other people? When countless meetings bring little relief, behind-closed-doors-talks create a suspicious, unhealthily competitive environment, and the best talent is […]

  • Is there Room at Your Table?
    by butlertalks on June 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    If you are traveling from the United States to Germany for the first time this summer, I suggest you get comfortable with the idea that in most German restaurants and especially in Biergartens and other outdoor eateries, you will dining with strangers if there are open seats at your table. Unless you have reserved a … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Successful Negotiation in Diverse Teams
    by butlertalks on June 28, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Successful negotiation in the face of disagreement requires well-developed communication skills and you enter a whole new and bigger arena when you operate from a place of different cultural meaning making. Erin Meyer’s HBR article “Getting Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da” highlights the intricacies of cross-cultural negotiation. […]

  • T.H.I.N.K Before You Speak
    by butlertalks on June 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    With the intent to keep my content relevant and fresh, I am always on the lookout for leadership inspiration in a variety of different places. This month’s musings were inspired by the acronym T.H.I.N.K. introduced to me by Pastor Beth Neubauer from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna. To pause and think before speaking is always … Continue […]