About Carol Murray

Carol is a co-founder and principal of The Lifework Institute. She brings more than 25 years experience coaching executives through personal and professional transitions and facilitating them and their organizations through periods of profound change.

Afraid of the Light

Whether it's the lightning pace of advancements in technology...the ever-expanding nature of social media...or the whimsical shifts in the marketplace...nothing is as constant as change. For many of us, our reliance on what we learned in school or the hard-earned lessons of our early careers continue to influence our approaches to the issues we're presented [...]

Afraid of the Light 2019-05-22T16:34:26+00:00

Dance like nobody’s watching

In baseball parlance...it's the dog days of summer and Satchel Paige's favorite time of year. Today's quote really speaks to his special gift for bringing passion to every aspect of life. I'm pretty sure that "passion" and "joy" are closely connected. And, I'm equally certain that if we can take a moment to breathe and [...]

Dance like nobody’s watching 2019-05-22T16:35:47+00:00

Planting Season

In 1997 Apple Computer's stock fell to $1.00 per share and the company hovered near bankruptcy. What a difference 20 years can make! With shares at $200+ and an estimated value over $1 trillion (that's spelled with a "t") Apple's turnaround is an epic in American business history. The germ of an "idea"...the smart phone...began [...]

Planting Season 2019-05-22T16:35:10+00:00

Time to Change Course

Certainly there are times when you run into roadblocks or obstacles and simply redoubling your efforts will allow you to push on through. But then there are those other times. While you may be reluctant to let go of your original plan or vision, an alternative course of action may be called for. Sometimes that's [...]

Time to Change Course 2019-05-22T16:36:32+00:00

Leadership is more than “doing.”

In part, the ability to imagine a better future for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and our colleagues, teams and organizations is what makes us human. It's such an essential aspect of leadership, I encourage you to develop that "leadership muscle" by spending more time dreaming, brainstorming and thinking about what might be possible, [...]

Leadership is more than “doing.” 2018-05-10T19:58:38+00:00

Finding your way through fault and blame

What's bothering you today?  Is anyone (or anything) standing in your way of leading the life you want?  Are others failing to deliver results?  Or to show up the way you need?  Is someone blocking your path to success?   Yep, you're not alone!  We all encounter these frustrations...often. However, if you are up to something [...]

Finding your way through fault and blame 2018-05-04T15:21:41+00:00

Smooth seas or choppy waters?

Leading others is not particularly difficult when all is well...when those committed to the successful completion of major projects and key initiatives experience the wind at their backs, when everyone is pulling together and the seas are calm. It's the major set backs, the windless days, the heavy seas and the unexpected storms that challenge us, sometimes to our core. [...]

Smooth seas or choppy waters? 2018-04-26T21:44:15+00:00

Do you use your influence?

Your ability to be highly effective in influencing others matters today...perhaps more than ever. But, have you ever thought about how to increase your influence in any given circumstance? Reflect for a moment: 1. What more could you achieve, contribute or deliver if you could double or triple your effectiveness in influencing others? 2. Just what [...]

Do you use your influence? 2018-04-19T15:12:00+00:00


Over the past 3 decades I've had the honor of interviewing thousands of professionals about their experience of work. It continues to amaze me how often people dummy themselves down to fit into a job, leaving vast aspects of themselves...their aspirations, their creativity, their voices, their potential and their resources at home. No wonder most [...]

Conductors 2018-03-09T17:29:19+00:00


I recently completed a 9-month PhD level course on "creativity" - what it is, where it comes from and how to nurture it's expression.  We explored numerous points of view, engaged with world renowned experts and embraced our own creative processes. It was a fantastic experience! Here's what I would offer to the leadership discussion: [...]

Fear 2018-03-03T21:34:38+00:00