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Deirdre Maloney
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Deirdre Maloney is a national speaker, published author and proud president of Momentum LLC, which helps individuals and organizations meet their goals and sleep better at night. In addition to her other roles, Deirdre teaches marketing for the University of San Diego. Her leadership blog and various writings, all of which feature her personal brand of "mild audacity", have been featured throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her new book, Tough Truths: The 10 Leadership Lessons We Don't Talk About is hot off the press. Her first book, The Mission Myth, was released in November 2011. For more information on Deirdre, visit

Entries by Deirdre Maloney

The Messy, Imperfect Blog Post

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Well, this stinks.

With just a few days left in Paris and a blog post coming due, I desperately want to write something inspired... something that beautifully sums up my time in the City of Lights and the lessons that have come along the way.

There have been a lot...

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The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:37 AM

I begin today's post with a few words on a beloved topic: food.

Specifically, French food.

Before arriving in Paris there was lots of dreamy anticipation about the pending French cuisine. Those decadent, creamy sauces... those exquisite pastries... that bread...


Okay yes,...

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How to Handle the Other B.S.

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:05 PM

My current city of Paris and my beloved, Italian mother just collided.

I invited her to visit after experiencing some of the best things Paris has to offer.

While Mama was excited about exploring both the culinary and non-culinary wonders of the...
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Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Recently our French adventure found us renting a car to drive out to the country -- a somewhat death-defying notion for anyone whose starting line is in Paris.

Really, you never know what you're going to find.

Actual photo from a random walk on...
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How to Fit In and When Not to Bother

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 3:54 PM

With a month of living in Paris now behind me, I can definitively say that this city has got a few things figured out. They know good art, they know good pastry, they know good coffee.

It's made fitting in not just fairly easy, but also a pretty great learning...

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What to Do About the Cranky, Miserable People Around You

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:14 PM

So, it's officially here. After much build up and prep, our six-month overseas adventure began about two weeks ago when our plane touched down in Paris.

And it turns out my first life lesson based on this little adventure followed that very morning. We'd gone to a store to stock...

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The Completely Avoidable Way We Mess Things Up

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 4:00 AM

This past week I hit a wall. Literally.



The good news, beside the fact that I'm uninjured and therefore able to write this blog, is that it happened because I was exhausted from our exciting move.

To Paris. France.

It happened at...

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The Problem With Your Problem Solver

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:36 AM

Today's blog has been written while in the midst of an emotional whirlwind. The culprit behind the chaos? An impending, temporary move overseas.

Needless to say, I've needed lots of people to figure lots of things out. Actually, I've needed more than people. I've needed experts.

Here's just a sample:

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The Unexpected Leadership Lesson From My Very Italian, Very New York Mother

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:34 PM

There was lots of excitement in the Maloney home last week, thanks to a visit from Mama.

A full-blooded Italian from New York, Mama is just as lovely and cute as they come.

Exhibit A:


She's also got an energy that is hard...

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What Dunkin' Donuts Can Teach Us All

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 7:44 PM

It was a wildly anticipated event -- the arrival of a new Dunkin' Donuts in town.

Despite its reputation for its delectable pieces of sugary wonder, I couldn't help but question if a health-conscious, avocado-lovin' place like my hometown of San Diego would welcome a Dunkin' Donuts into its midst....

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Why You Can Handle Anything. Seriously.

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 1:26 PM

The mind can play some pretty nasty tricks on us, yes? It's got this uncanny ability to make us believe anything in the moment.

Here's an example from the really, Deirdre?? files...

A few weeks ago I was one of several presenters at a meeting filled with influential people. I...

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How to Get Moving When You Just Don't Want To

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:19 PM

The other day found me driving at -- let's just say -- a speedy pace. I was late for an important meeting. I was sweating and stressed... and embarrassed when I finally arrived there.

The worst part? I had nobody to blame but myself.

Just 15 minutes earlier I'd been...

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The Word We All Love...That Makes Us Miserable

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Recently, I found myself in the not-always-so-enviable position of finding a new apartment.

The good news? Before long I stumbled on an amazing option. I silently high-fived myself for finding this residential gem... with its beautiful garden and unbreakable new appliances.

What a find! I thought.. it's my dream home!

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Sick of Dirty Looks and Curt Emails From Others? Read This and Feel Better

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 5:18 PM

A few weeks ago found me weaving my way through an art exhibit. The entire crowd was forced to go through it in a single file line.

This particular exhibit entranced me. My pace slowed, and soon there was a widening gap between the person in front of me...

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The Key to a Better Day? Stop Setting Yourself Up for a Miserable One

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Last week found me lunching with a friend who was ranting about her husband. The evening before he'd failed to arrive home on time. Which meant there was nobody to watch the kids. Which meant she had to miss her yoga class.

Now this friend has been married for...

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How to Fend Off Work (and Life) Freak-Outs

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:01 PM

What better way to learn a valuable, humbling lesson than by having a total, unadulterated freak-out? Having two of them.

I would know.

Though each of my recent "incidents" was... special... they actually both pointed to the same, spectacularly dramatic lesson about keeping ourselves successful and happy... and sane.


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The Simple Way to Get More of What You Want in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Truth time.

When my husband and I first moved to California a few years ago I was feeling vulnerable. Really vulnerable.

We came here because he'd been promoted. Me? I was jobless.

Having just come off of my highfalutin executive position (I told myself it was, at least) I had...

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The Big Lie We Tell Ourselves About Fear

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:16 PM

It seems that some of the most powerful lessons come when you realize that something you used to believe with absolute certainty is dead wrong. I offer you now an example from a recent experience, and think it a nice little gift for you this holiday season.

So Mom...

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Your Holiday Gift: How to Manage the Frantic Energy of Others

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 1:43 PM

This past week found me at the airport -- a place of technological wonder. And inarguably, a bit of an energetic mess.

The security line on the day of my departing flight was especially frantic. Picture, if you will, the following scene all around me: wild-eyed people ripping metal off...

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Work-Life Balance Is Bogus; Here's How to Get It Anyway

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 12:42 PM

It was a crazy to-do list. I knew it deep down.

Recently I decided I needed to update my website, start writing my new book, get more client business, keep blogging and join a well-connected new committee.

Oh, and have a little fun, too.

I told myself it was completely...

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