About Laura Gassner Otting

Laura Gassner Otting inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.

You Decide What Happens Next

While you are so busy trying to meet everyone else's expectations of you and how you should live your life, do you ever stop to think that you get to decide what happens next? When the millennium turned, my husband Jon and I were at a party in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was probably the fanciest

You Decide What Happens Next2020-01-10T14:59:53-05:00

Oprah Winfrey and My Dream-mare

Today I had a rude awakening morning. You’ve had these mornings, too. They are the ones where you are thrashing about in one of those nightmares that hides as a dream, and then suddenly -- bam! -- you bolt upright in your bed, blinking away the sleep, trying to piece the whole storyline together, knowing

Oprah Winfrey and My Dream-mare2020-01-10T14:59:47-05:00

Women, Stop Being So Nice

Ladies, I beg of you, stop being so nice. (Not a political post, just a political setting.) At the end of the Democratic debate last night, Judy Woodruff asked the candidates if there was a candidate on the stage to whom they'd give a gift, or from whom they'd ask forgiveness. The men talked about

Women, Stop Being So Nice2020-01-10T14:59:40-05:00

A Mike Drop Moment

I dedicated my book, Limitless, to one of my mentors, Arnie Miller, who taught me to bring everything I am to everything I do. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Why? Because it’s not just about not getting it wrong. We have to make sure we are getting it right. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ He was the toughest boss I’m so

A Mike Drop Moment2020-01-10T14:59:34-05:00

Climb Your Everest

This past weekend I climbed Mt. Stratton 17 times to get to a total of 29,029 feet of accumulated elevation, the height of Mt. Everest. “What, LGO, that’s crazy! How did I not even know you were doing this? I’d think you’d be posting about training and preparation and such...” Don’t be offended; I told

Climb Your Everest2020-01-10T14:59:23-05:00

Falling Down Doesn’t Matter, Getting Up Defines Us

It’s not the falling down that shows you who you are; it’s the getting up. This morning I woke to a Facebook memory that six years ago I ran a PR in a half marathon. I’d taken up running, did too much too soon, and got all kinds of injured. It became a huge frustration

Falling Down Doesn’t Matter, Getting Up Defines Us2020-01-10T14:59:59-05:00

Stop Crushing It

The largest looming threat to the prickly relationship between my advancing dotage and my tenuous hold on good health happens almost daily.  It is the moment when some young whippersnapper tells me about his hopes and dreams, and I come perilously close to having a heart attack whilst going into overdrive attempting to pull a

Stop Crushing It2019-08-12T15:08:11-04:00

Let Go of What You Can’t Control

When I was pregnant with my first son, I had a birth plan. It was a beautiful birth plan. And, I was a fool. No, I wasn’t a fool for having a plan, for envisioning what would feel consonant to me, or for imagining that moment when I pushed out this little bundle of joy

Let Go of What You Can’t Control2020-01-10T15:01:29-05:00

Help! I Wrote a Self-Help Book

About a month after my book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life came out — debuting at #2 on the Washington Post Bestseller list right behind Michelle Obama’s Becoming — I had a crushing realization: I wrote a self-help book.   I thought I wrote a business

Help! I Wrote a Self-Help Book2020-01-10T15:01:23-05:00

Why I Hated “Lean In”

In 2013, I read Lean In. I wanted to love it. I knew I was supposed to love it. But I didn't. My issue with Lean In wasn't the enormous amounts of privilege that Sheryl Sandberg used to achieve success. Hell, I did the same thing, albeit with a few less zeroes on my paycheck.

Why I Hated “Lean In”2020-01-10T15:01:17-05:00