In The Turn

A Blog by Elise Mitchell

Elise Mitchell with her son Jackson

Career vs Family? 6 Ways to Make Your Most Important Relationships Last

I’m crazy about my kids. Our daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Jackson are both starting their final year of school and […]

Read More

Read to Lead: 5 Books (and Podcasts) That Will Expand Your Thinking

The most successful leaders are lifelong learners. They don’t run from change; they see it as an opportunity to develop […]

Read More
cheat sheet

5 Things Successful Leaders Want to Know

There’s no shortage of good advice out there for leaders today. I’m grateful you’ve chosen to check out some of […]

Read More
Paint Brushes

3 Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills and Make a Bigger Impact

Do you remember a game from your childhood where you started with an unrecognizable collection of dots on a page, […]

Read More

Team Mind-Reading: How You Can Acquire the Ultimate Leadership Superpower

“I wonder what she’s thinking…”  How many times have you thought that before or after talking with one of your […]

Read More

Leadership Under Pressure: How to Show Courage, Cunning and Character When It Really Matters

This is Part Two in a series based on my recent trip to India. Part One shared stories of our […]

Read More

A Maharaja, a Magician and a Tiger: Leadership Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places

My husband and I recently returned from a trip to India, a captivating place that is an explosion of vivid […]

Read More

How to Create a Personal Board of Directors and Accelerate Your Career

The meeting was over, and I returned to my office feeling extremely satisfied with the results. Then I heard a […]

Read More
business man and woman sitting and asking questions

The Power of the Question: Get Better Results By Saying Less and Asking More

Have you ever had a light-bulb moment? An ah-ha thought? An epiphany? Those amazing moments often start at the same […]

Read More
Checking off a list

Setting Smarter Priorities: 5 Steps for Creating More Margin In Your Life

It happens innocently enough. Your boss hands you an extra assignment that turns out to be a major undertaking. Or […]

Read More

Innovation that Works: Jump-starting New Ideas in your Business this New Year

One of the things I hear leaders talking about more and more these days is innovation. Good thing, because it’s […]

Read More

How to Stay Cool Under Pressure

Staying cool under pressure can be one of the tougher parts of leadership. Every day brings a constant flow of […]

Read More

Five Ways to Lead a Team to Breakthrough Performance

A high-performing team is a thing of beauty. When a team functions well, it’s like the engine of a finely […]

Read More

Why Do You Lead? 4 Things to Remind Yourself When the Going Gets Tough

Leaders often carry a heavy weight. While leadership has its rewards, the reality of the role can hit you pretty hard […]

Read More

The Authentic Leader’s Toolkit: 5 Ways to Cultivate Greater Authenticity in Your Daily Leadership

Do you know someone at work who comes across as a fake?  One of the worst mistakes you can make […]

Read More

From Unproven to Unprecedented: How to Get Buy-in For Something That’s Never Been Done Before

  Doing something new and different sounds exciting. But it’s almost never easy. In fact, it can be downright lonely […]

Read More

6 Ways to Own the Room and Project Confidence as a Speaker

You look around and see all eyes are on you. Your heart is beating quickly. You’re having trouble catching your […]

Read More

7 Inspiring TED Talks You’ve Probably Never Heard

  Looking for a little inspiration? If you’re like most busy leaders, you’d love something to kick-start your thinking or […]

Read More

Last Crop in Fallsville: A Lesson of Love and Compassion

Like you, I’ve been inspired by the many kindnesses shown to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Neighbor helping neighbor. But […]

Read More

3 Ways You Can Find Opportunity in the Midst of Change

Every leader I talk with these days is leading through some kind of change. I suspect you are, too. Maybe […]

Read More

How to Make the Toughest Calls of Leadership [BONUS]

The buck stops here. How true. President Truman knew it. And all great leaders embrace it. We can (and should) […]

Read More

4 Ways to Achieve Greater Work-Life Balance and Become a Happier, Better Leader [BONUS]

One aspect of leadership I am asked about more frequently than almost any other – by both men and women […]

Read More

How to Be a More Agile Leader and Have Greater Success in Uncertain Times

We live in an increasingly disrupted world. Thanks to powerful forces such as technology, analytics, globalization and social media, nothing […]

Read More

5 Ways Hobbies Can Help You Live and Lead at Your Best

What are your hobbies? You can tell a lot about a leader by the way they answer that question. If […]

Read More

How to Go From “I’m Overwhelmed” to “I’ve Got This”

Your car wouldn’t start this morning. You’re behind on finishing the report that’s due tomorrow. Your boss just called an […]

Read More

Mastering the Art of Delegation: Five Steps for Letting Go and Empowering Others

The idea of delegation goes back forever. As communities formed, tasks were delegated based on skills and experiences that would […]

Read More

How Successful Entrepreneurs Navigate The Journey

The journey matters as much as the destination. Well-intentioned people like to drop this pearl of wisdom on entrepreneurs who […]

Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Leading and Living with Purpose

“The journey matters as much as the destination.” Well-intentioned people like to remind those of us who are driven souls […]

Read More

Five Questions for Navigating Through Change

Regardless of how you feel about change, it’s going to happen. Life will always throw you uncertainty and upheaval. The […]

Read More

Are You Powered by Purpose?

Are you living with purpose? I think a lot of us ask this question wondering if what we do really […]

Read More

The Secret to Achieving Early Success – and Appreciating It

Meet my friend Rachel Bell – wife,  mom and successful entrepreneur. She founded her company, Shine, in the UK in […]

Read More
Fearless Girl

Facing Your Fears: Overcoming What Scares You Most

“Are you fearless?” A reporter once asked me that question. How I wish I could have answered her with a […]

Read More

My Dear Mackenzie, Always Believe You Can — #InternationalWomensDay

Dear Mackenzie: “If you fumble raising your children, nothing else you do in life matters very much.” I happened upon […]

Read More

Stepping Up in Leadership: What You Need to Know to Succeed as Your Career Expands

The night before my first day in my very first leadership position, my stomach was in knots. I tried to […]

Read More

VIDEO: How Smart Risk-Taking Can Drive Your Business Forward

I’m so happy to introduce you to my good friend Kara Trott, CEO, Quantum Health. In my book, Leading Through the […]

Read More

How to Thrive in the Face of Conflict

Few things in life are certain. An old adage narrows down the list to two items: death and taxes. But […]

Read More

Three lessons this entrepreneur can teach you about the power of people-first leadership

Meet John Hall, founder and CEO of an award-winning content marketing agency called Influence & Co. John is also the […]

Read More

Three Essential Steps to Make Your Dreams a Reality

View this blog on Facebook Live here. “I Have a Dream” is one of my favorite Martin Luther King speeches. […]

Read More

Three ways you can lead more effectively in these changing times

May you live in interesting times. I’ve never been sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. But the year […]

Read More

Three Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick

The beginning of the year is the time most of us set goals for ourselves. It feels great to be […]

Read More

Best Last-Minute Shopping Tip Ever: Give the Gift of Yourself

Hey everyone I have a couple of tips for you today – and I want to start with my best […]

Read More

 5 Things You Can Do to Avoid BurnOut

How are you sleeping these days? Do you find yourself lying awake night after night processing challenges you face at […]

Read More

VIDEO: You’ve Reached Your Destination – What Now? – Claire Bridges, Founder and Chief Spark, Now Go Create

Have you ever worked really hard to accomplish a BIG goal, and then once you got there thought: “Okay, I’m […]

Read More

How motorcycling helped me find the right balance between success and happiness

Motorcycling is truly an out-of-body experience. I first got on the back of a motorcycle 10 years ago while vacationing […]

Read More

My Story…and I’m Pretty Sure It’s Your Story, Too

I’m glad you’re here, because I’ve got a story to share with you. A story about a journey, a destination, […]

Read More
Get Updates

    Are you stuck on a difficult decision?

    When we face the most complex and critical decisions as a leader, we need the right tools to help us get the job done. The most successful leaders have put a few fundamentals in place.

    This guide includes a step-by step process for effective decision-making as well as two hands-on resources to help you make the toughest calls.


    What does it take to win as an entrepreneur?

    As a entrepreneur, you will face many different challenges throughout the course of your leadership journey. Long hours, pressure, failure, loneliness are just a few. But once you’ve tasted the freedom and rewards of entrepreneurship, it becomes an irresistible siren’s song.

    This guide details six essential qualities of successful entrepreneurs and how embracing those qualities can help you drive your business forward.


    Are you living with purpose?

    Or do you wonder if what you do matters? When we are purpose-driven, we find greater joy in our work, even when it’s hard. Our purpose fuels us for the journey, no matter what obstacles, crossroads or detours we face. Ultimately, purpose can help us find a higher calling for our leadership.

    This guide will help you gain clarity about your purpose and the kind of life you want to lead. Two practical exercises take you through a very personal thought process, enabling you to write your own Purpose Statement.


    Discover how you can live a richer, fuller life.

    After too many years of focusing only on the destination, I’ve discovered a new way to live and lead. It starts with a journey mindset, and that has made all the difference. In this guide, I share seven proven practices that will inspire you to:

    • Accelerate toward your goals while being fully present on the journey
    • Reach the higher calling of leadership – and of course
    • Enjoy the ride

    We live in a rapidly changing world.

    The pace of change has never been greater, and its impact on organizations never more significant. As a leader, it’s your job to manage through change and leverage the opportunities change can present.

    This guide is a roadmap with five questions to help you and your team navigate the challenges you’re facing and develop a game plan for moving forward. It also includes a worksheet to chart your answers.

  • holiday-book-popup