Calming the Ripples and Waves of Conflict

Most business leaders I know are great at focusing on what I’ll call “primary” conflicts, the challenges that arise from interpersonal issues, or have to do with making unpopular, bottom-line-driven decisions. What’s interesting is that many of these same leaders act as if primary conflicts occur in vacuums. They don’t recognize the secondary ripples these conflicts create and send out across departments and companies. When left unchecked, these secondary conflicts can and will undermine an organization’s health. A closer look at the ripples I use ripples here because it makes for an apt visual. That’s how secondary conflicts often start—a [...]

The Curve Ball I Didn’t See

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my brush with death and real life lesson that, no matter how hard we try to we control things, life often throws an unexpected curve ball. I use the baseball analogy because it was in the beginning of the last year’s Little League baseball season (where I’m another kind of coach) when the Intraversato family got the pitch they did not expect. Life was going well. Both Sophia and Anthony were excelling in school and their spring sports, tennis and baseball. Sandy’s new position at an innovation firm was keeping her challenged and Iron [...]

By |2018-07-19T21:36:23+00:00April 30th, 2014|Intentional Living, Motivation, Tools and Insights|

New Face at Iron Coaching

The twists and turns of life produce unforeseen outcomes. The morning of April 30th 2013 started out as a typical Tuesday, each Intraversato family member in his or her get-the-day started process.  Fast-forward to 7:25am, the time that showed on my phone when an ambulance, loaded with Pat, my husband and Iron Coaching founder, rushed from our driveway en route to OHSU. Twenty minutes later I received a call from an emergency room neurosurgeon telling me that Pat had an “acute subdural hematoma” - medical terminology for a massive bleed in his brain.  Barely comprehending the situation, I authorized them [...]

Keys to Motivating Yourself and Others

Have you ever wondered why some people are highly motivated and successful in everything they set out to accomplish, while others, who may come from similar backgrounds, fail? What gives some the edge and pushes them to the top, while others have a difficult time getting motivated to move forward? The most important difference between being motivated or demotivated is attitude. A positive attitude and positive self-image create the difference between success and failure in every facet of your existence. Attitude, motivation, and communication skills are the cornerstones for growth. They provide the foundation for success in meeting any challenge. [...]

By |2018-07-19T21:39:50+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Motivation, Uncategorized|