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Donna Highfill
Donna Highfill, President of Highfill Performance Group, has over 25 years experience in helping Fortune 500 organizations and leaders through times of change. In addition, she's a humorist who enjoys helping people deal with life through laughter, particularly as women deal with the big change. She published a book called "Real People, Real Change: Stories of a Change Warrior in the Business World" in which she shares stories and lessons to help others lead change. Donna is currently working on advanced coaching certification and her next book about being a preacher's kid.

Entries by Donna Highfill

The Ugly Truth About Our Obsession With Selfies

(8) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:15 AM

If smartphones were ponds, a large portion of our population would have already drowned.

I have run into at least 10 people recently who have stopped on fast-moving, heavily-populated sidewalks to take a #selfie. There is no historical building behind them, no beautiful landscape, no real reason to take a...

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Why I Think Mediocrity Is Underestimated

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:04 AM

I think mediocrity is underestimated. I spend a lot of time with mediocrity, and I find its company charming and comforting. In fact, at the age of 53, I might just be the Hester Prynne of average moments, roaming around with a big "M" on my chest.

Mediocrity is that...

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Why I Cheer For Rocky Over The Wolf Of Wall Street

(14) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 6:06 AM

Maybe I don't understand what courage is anymore. I sat in a movie theater recently, listening to people of all ages applaud and cheer when the key character was drinking excessively and stealing other people's money. I don't think either one of those things is worthy of cheering. Am I...

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Courage In The Face Of Cancer

(199) Comments | Posted August 17, 2013 | 6:40 AM

Four weeks ago life was normal.

My husband visited the doctor for his annual physical and went through the motions of carrying liquids in a cup down the hallway and having blood drawn while carrying on that awkward conversation that occurs when trying to ignore needles piercing your skin.

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Why I Don't Want To Stay Fertile Forever

(33) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 7:15 AM

I'm reading so many wonderful articles on how to spice up my sex life that I feel remiss in not coming up with some new ideas myself. Yesterday a woman wrote about eating chili peppers off the belly of her partner... a practice that I believe takes the concept of...

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The Difference Between Menopause and Demonic Oppression

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Menopause has driven me to research demonic oppression. That's right -- oppression, not possession. That means those little heathens are popping in and out of the psyche, but do not always find a hospitable environment. Even my ability to be possessed has been thwarted by my moodiness.

Since many of...

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Why I Reported Menopause to the Police

(18) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Menopause is a thief, and I recently reported the crime to the criminal division of our local police department. I figure that menopause must be an accomplished con and sociopath, since we seem to accept it so willingly into our homes. Menopause is nobody's friend, except maybe the moisturizing industry....

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Boomer Parents -- Are Our Little Monsters Turning On Us?

(45) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 7:45 AM

Bullying has now become generational. Those kids who received a trophy for losing at soccer and a ribbon for peeing in the pot have now come of age, and boy are some of them pissed off.

Like all age groups, 95% of the generation Xers and millenials are amazing...

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Graduation Is All About the Crap And Gown

(36) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:18 AM

Up until high school graduation, the ceremonies themselves are sweet and fun. Pre-school graduations are especially delightful. This is the age when little Billy goes up on stage, sticks his hand down his pants and draws a big laugh from the parents. The same move will get Billy kicked out...

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Motherhood, Apple Pie and Manipulation

(18) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 7:07 PM

Let me begin with my honest but necessary motherhood disclaimer -- I love my two children with my entire heart, even though my daughter told me when she was little that I only got a piece of her heart because she had to save the rest for others.

I think...

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Beauty And Biblical Plagues

(256) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk above.

There is nothing like a biblical plague landing on your face to make you question the importance of physical appearance. I was 24 years old when...

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Making Incontinence Cool

(34) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 6:37 AM

I've got some advice for baby boomer marketers. While we use your products, we aren't thrilled that we have to use them. Marketers need to understand the difference between marketing to a generation and marketing products by using a generational spokesmodel.

Most marketers learned years ago that we prefer to...

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Am I Menopausal or a Powerful Werewolf?

(24) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Imagination is wondrous, but when my grocery clerk thinks she's a vampire, I get a little concerned. Her dyed black hair, pale make-up and the tattoo of a bite mark on her neck make me wonder why she is working in a grocery store. Maybe she has her eye on...

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Lists

(25) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 7:22 AM

My husband and I have the same interaction most mornings.

"Hey, honey, do you know where I put my list of things to do today?"

"I think you put it by the telephone."

"No, it's not there, but here's your cell phone charger."

"Excellent! I've been missing that for days....

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Sasquatch Declares Stiletto Heels the New Lotus Foot

(20) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:38 PM

I'm not sure why shoes are so important to so many women -- especially those stiletto heels that jack you up, causing you to resemble a car having a back tire changed.

High heels used to be reserved for special occasions. Stiletto heels were worn mostly by those women...

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What A Jock Strap Taught Me About Leadership

(6) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 5:51 AM

One of my first attempts at promoting women's rights involved organizing a jock raid. Granted, it wasn't a Million Woman March, but I had a point to make.

I was a freshman in college, trying to cram every college experience into my first month on campus. One night in...

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How Baby Boomers Can Survive Zombie Attacks

(16) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:49 PM

Last night, my son asked me if I had seen the news on the draft. "The draft?" I asked, incredulously. "They've reinstated the draft?"

I looked at my son with a glazed stare. He looked back at me, not knowing if he should be terrified or amused.

"Um, I'm talking...

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Why 'Leaning In' Beats Wrapping Up

(32) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:05 PM

I have watched multiple interviews and read numerous reviews about Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In. What interests me are the responses by women.

Personally, I'm glad it's not another book that teaches us how to be thinner or prettier or younger. And I'm thrilled that it doesn't involve some...

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The Menopausal Shining

(22) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 6:32 AM

When I was 15 years old, I saw the movie Rocky 12 times because I felt that I WAS Rocky Balboa.

I was often the smallest in my class or the newest student in school or the consultant in a predominantly male environment. I've always been Rocky, taking on...

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Nip Slips And Other World Concerns

(373) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:36 AM

I don't understand America's obsession with nipples. Anne Hathaway, winner of the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role, gave the performance of a lifetime in Les Misérables. You would think the next day's headline would be about her incredible talent. Instead, the headline is about how her nipples showed...

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