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Laura Berger, Executive Coach, The Berdéo Group

COLUMN = EXECUTIVE COACHING

An executive advisor and founder of The Berdéo Group, Laura Berger has 15 years’ experience as a consultant advising leadership in the areas of global operations management and strategy, project and change management, solution development, and implementation. She is a confidant of CEOs and senior executives who consistently realize their potential as leaders to see their companies flourish.

Having worked with many Fortune 500 companies, her clients include leaders at JPMorgan Chase, State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, General Motors, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, McDonalds Corporation, American Hospital Association, Leo Burnett Worldwide, Starcom MediaVest, and Walt Disney World. She takes great pride in assisting captains of business to bring value and creativity to their organizations.

Laura is generous in spirit when sharing what and whom she knows. She helps clients to achieve clarity and weigh alternatives, while they see and own obstacles and opportunities from the outside looking inward. Her ease and zeal for building lasting relationships, acquaintances, and productive introductions between people is her personal trademark. She has stretched her own spirit and will to combine her passions with her professional pursuits, and she shows others how to live true to their core.

Laura exemplifies this commitment to the life path in a book she is co-writing with her husband, Glen Tibaldeo, to be released in the near future. The book chronicles the humorous side of the successes and challenges they experienced living in the remote jungles of Costa Rica.

For more information, visit www.berdeogroup.com.

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein