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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.

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

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

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

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

– Maureen Cook

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Barack Obama

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

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

– Lord Chesterfield

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

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

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Anthony Trollope

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

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Jesse Jackson

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Albert Schweitzer

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Anais Nin

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

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– A wisdomism

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin