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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.

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

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

– Norwegian proverb

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Albert Einstein

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

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

– Ray Bradbury

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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 best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

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

– T.S. Eliot

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

– Tony Robbins

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Robert Frost

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

– Thomas Carlyle

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson