Tag Archives: Leading

Find Someone To Teach

October 3, 2016

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“The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” Annie Dillard You are an expert in something. Seriously. You are. I’m not talking PhD/TED speaker/Professor categories, but more […]

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Avoid Leadership Malpractice

September 26, 2016

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“Before I do anything I ask myself, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ and if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.” Dwight Schrute, The Office Years ago I went with a girlfriend as her “plus one” to her company party. I immediately thought I had wandered into an episode of The Office. […]

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Being a Curiosity Rookie

May 19, 2016

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“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”     Voltaire I like to think I’m a curious person. I think the world is an interesting place, and I believe that most people have interesting stories.   One of my strengths  is “Input,” which means that I routinely pay attention to new things.  I dig […]

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Learning to be strong

May 5, 2016

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I don’t what kind of week you’ve had, but perhaps it’s been a weak week. Perhaps the bumps feel intense and the detours feel endless. As for me…  well…. I almost lost my cool with a stapler. An inanimate object, people. Seriously – I know I can be more resilient than that! And so I […]

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Did you notice?

January 19, 2016

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How hard can it be to count the number of passes between these teams? Can you get the correct number the first time through or do you have to watch it again? Is this more difficult for people in England than for those of us in the Colonies?  Take the quick little test… The challenge […]

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What to do when you work for a micro-manager

January 12, 2016

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I recently had lunch with a former colleague who is under siege at work. Through a series of unfortunate events, she now reports to a “Micro-manager.” You know the type. People who pride themselves on their perfectionism and on making OTHERS work perfectly. Their shenanigans include:   Constant access to staff calendars (not just to […]

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What Happens When You Argue With A Compliment

December 16, 2015

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“What a great outfit! You always look so cute and pulled-together!” I offered this compliment to a new-ish friend, a mom to one of my son’s friends. I usually catch her on her way to work and she is an inspiring fashion plate. Her reply was typical of so many of my friends, “You’re so […]

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When you don’t feel like loving your spouse

December 3, 2015

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If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. Anne Lamott If you measure your marriage in more than weeks, you know there are days when you don’t feel in love with your spouse. Instead of mushy-gooshy emotions, you feel annoyance, misunderstanding, or indifference. Sometimes the cause is bad dim sum or […]

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Book Review: 5 Gears

November 13, 2015

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“Relational intelligence is the future competitive advantage for leaders.” Jeremie Kubichek I was on an airplane, sitting by the window reading, when BOTH people next to me interrupted my quiet with a question, “Are you reading a book about cars?” Not quite. Unless you notice the subtitle (How to be Present & Productive When There’s […]

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Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know

November 9, 2015

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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” Thomas Merton Where are we going? How are we getting there? Do you know […]

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