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“I’m More Than Mad as Hell.”

February 9th, 2014   •   no comments   
“I’m More Than Mad as Hell.”

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” God bless, Howard Beale. And Paddy Chayefsky. And this morning, Maureen Dowd in the Sunday NY Times. I couldn’t say it any better. The thing is, I’m so far beyond mad. I’m exhausted. Exhausted from buoying up everyone else, along with myself, with words of encouragement, optimism, hope, determination, and surety. It takes every ounce of conscious will and energy to keep that fatigue from dissolving into defeat and depression. Which, of course, is what makes me a cock-eyed optimist than a dark soul certain the world will [ Read More ]

“I Divorced Facebook”

January 8th, 2014   •   no comments   
“I Divorced Facebook”

Yesterday, I honored my own Inner Bottom Line. I got a divorce. I ended an abusive, one-sided long-term relationship. No, it wasn’t easy, and yet, in a way, it was simple. But to do it quickly with clarity, and without hesitation, I knew I had to face the facts and rely on the tools and premises I created so many years ago for my clients of The Inner Bottom Line. First, I asked myself those four, hard, tried-and-true questions – what’s at stake, who’s in control, how long has this been going on, and what price am I going to [ Read More ]


August 31st, 2013   •   no comments   

July 1, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Julia Botts (503) 908-7842 [email protected] PERSONAL BEST® ANNOUNCES OPENING OF PRIVATE EXECUTIVE COACHING PRACTICE IN PORTLAND, OREGON Lake Oswego, OR – Olive Gallagher, founder and CEO of Personal Best, a creative marketing and ethics consultancy specializing in consistent, accountable brand messages and delivery, announced the relocation and opening of its private executive coaching practice in Portland, Oregon. “While Personal Best started off offering unique creative consulting services to large corporations like Toyota, Avon, PG&E and IDG,” Gallagher explains, “I’ve always worked in private session with clients who ranged from major CEO’s to small [ Read More ]

“But I Can’t Give You My Heart”

February 7th, 2013   •   no comments   

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many folks are feeling the pressure to illustrate their devotion with their pocketbook and plan the perfect gift, evening out or surprise. My preference might be a lovely little box of salted dark chocolate caramels. But billions of dollars are spent each year in an attempt, often unsuccessfully, to fulfill expectations of loved ones. And therein lies the rub. One such reader wrote to me last week in distress about the pressure and expectations, a word on The Inner Bottom Line that spells trouble, because all expectations ever do is set us up for [ Read More ]

“You Want an Olive Branch?”

January 24th, 2013   •   no comments   

During my January 22nd show, I commented on a headline I had read earlier that day about some GOP leaders who were “disappointed” in President Obama’s second Inaugural Address. Why, you ask? Well, according to one of the many sources, the right-leaning Wall Street Journal, the President, in their view, didn’t offer them “an olive branch.” Really? Then today, with the story still spinning madly in the media, the incredibly disappointing and somewhat disjointed Senator McCain, who has exhibited a nearly unbroken stream of vitriol and disapproval at all things Obama and Democratic since he lost his own run [ Read More ]

“Lancing Lance”

January 18th, 2013   •   no comments   

There’s not a lot to say about Lance Armstrong and the mess in which he now finds himself that isn’t already being written and screamed about on every media channel. Pundits and talking heads have been having a field day with this since Lance first announced he was finally going to admit to doping while cycling, and with the TV interview with Oprah Winfrey airing tonight, the noise will continue to go on indefinitely. Thursday morning, another key, devastating blow fell when the IOC announced it was stripping Lance of the Olympic Medal he won in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. [ Read More ]