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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

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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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Need to Get 'Unstuck'? Do This Simple Thing -- Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:17 AM

No doubt about it. Getting stuck is a drag. Literally (a word I never use unless I mean it).

Getting stuck weighs us down, slows things up. It makes us feel less productive, frustrated...sometimes we berate ourselves for being lazy. Yet it's so natural.

Just take a recent example...

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What's Up With Your Face

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Recently a trainer at the gym handed me a super-heavy barbell and told me to lift it. Over my head, nonetheless.

Intimidated, I dug deep. I closed my eyes, scrunched my cheeks and tightened every muscle on my face. Not especially attractive, I'll admit, but it felt necessary.

The barbell...

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Things Are About to Get Uncomfortable... Hopefully

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Yesterday found me at a beloved spot in good old Southern California: the beach.

Ah yes, the beach. Whether on a lake, the banks of the river or the Pacific Ocean... most of us have experienced that magical strip of sand that meets some body of water and extricates a...

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Lessons Learned Roaming Through China... With 40 Other People

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 7:28 AM

The last few weeks found me traveling through China. I admit it. We did it pretty comfortably, on one of those big whirlwind tours. This, of course, found us on a bus, at meals and in hotels with 40 other people.

So what happens when you spend 17 days in...

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The Truth Behind Your Inefficient Workday

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 10:04 AM

A few weeks ago found me at the office of a friend, who let me borrow it for an hour while in-between meetings.

Soon I overheard some chatter next door. It went something like this:

" then I arrived for the procedure and the doctors weren't ready for me... and...

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Think You Take Action for Greater Success? Think Again!

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 6:36 PM

My buddy Jim and I messed up the other day. Big time.

Jim and I are treadmill neighbors at our building's fitness center. Each morning finds us climbing on to our individual machines at 5 a.m. On the dot.

On this particular day the room was extremely cold......

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An Open Letter to My Mind

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Hello Mind...

It appears we need to have a little talk.

We've been through a lot together, you and me. And I want you to know I've always loved our partnership. I've appreciated your careful consideration when making decisions, your ability to find solutions to complex problems, and the...

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How to Overcome Freakouts

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:11 PM

I freaked out the other day. A few times. It was all due to a rapid-fire chain of events that went something like this:

  • First, I answered one last email before leaving the office and made myself late for a meeting with a client.
  • Then, I made a pit stop...
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