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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.

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

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

– Robert Frost

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

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

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Joseph Cambell

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Chinese Proverb

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Anthony Trollope

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda