The Value of Vulnerability

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Reading is something I have adored for as long as I can remember. I consider books, yes, the real live paper kind, things of beauty! The many bookshelves in my home would that love of beauty. Rarely does a day go by where I skip reading altogether. Most of the time, I have multiple books in the works; books just make me happy! I love a good novel, a compelling biography, a how-to book, or a book loaded with information on topics like leadership, personalities, health, spiritual matters, cooking… I could go on! Just by chance, or more probably by … Read More

The Secret to Becoming a More Connected Leader

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From a child’s perspective, a time out feels like forever! Being removed from the company of others and missing out  – that’s no fun! Has leading conjured up some of those “time out” isolation feelings? If so, you are not alone! Leading can be a very lonely adventure. Do you feel like you have no one to talk to; no one to bounce ideas off of or to offer a fresh perspective? Are you indecisive or find yourself second guessing your decisions or, even worse, waffling? Do you feel out of touch with those you lead or find yourself avoiding … Read More

Stop Hesitating and Let Go

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For there to be space for new, the old has to come to an end. You have to let go. Think back to your playground days. Do you remember the row of rings that many play structures included? In order to get from one end of the rings to the other , you had to let go. Being shorter than the average bird, navigating the rings was tricky for me at first. It required a certain level of strength, coordination, and the determination to set aside my fears. After all, falling is never fun! With practice, I was able to … Read More

6 Guidelines to Rocking Your Leadership Hats!

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If you are like most leaders, you barely noticed the gradual addition of hats. In fact, you eagerly welcomed each and every one – they represented growth! Yet, the true weight of so many responsibilities – now that has your attention. When was the last time you slowed down long enough to count your hats and assess what you are in charge of? I know, not easy when you are bogged down by so many duties! The towering stack of hats might seem impressive, but it all adds up to stress and being less effective as a leader. I know … Read More

What Do Preschoolers Do That Most Leaders Don’t?

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If you have talked to a parent of a preschooler recently, no doubt they are weary of the never-ending-question phase their child is in. The question preschoolers ask most frequently: “Why?” It is a short and sweet question that requires deep thought, and often the answer is one we don’t even know. Perhaps that is part of what is exhausting about their never ending inquiries. What makes a preschooler so inquisitive? They are naturally curious and eager to learn. Around the time children head to school, this trend of perpetual questioning trails off. By the time you are a leader, … Read More

Unleashing Your Creative Beast

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  They say that variety is the spice of life. That little something extra that brings zest and flavor to tasks, experiences, relationships – just about everything! I think that’s true – especially when combined with a healthy dose of creativity! One of the hallmarks of a great leader is their ability to provide a fresh, compelling vision and innovative solutions to problems. In other words, a great leader is brimming with creativity. Without being intentional, the pressures of leading and the hurried pace of life will snuff out your creativity. You begin to believe the lie that you just … Read More

Mission Impossible: Expecting People to Read Your Mind

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Unspoken expectations, aka assumptions, are dangerous! They will wreak havoc in your relationships and they will keep your team wandering in the wilderness of failure. One of the most common problems I see among leaders: expecting their people to know exactly what they want and then being amazed and annoyed when it doesn’t happen. In the process, everyone you lead is confused, frustrated, and wasting time, not to mention your credibility is getting crushed! Yikes! Over the past couple of weeks I have had multiple conversations with people on this topic – both from leaders expecting their people to read … Read More

7 Keys to Empowering Your Team

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It’s been a popular trend in recent years. Have you jumped on the bandwagon – taking discarded or ordinary everyday items and with a little creativity turning them into something unique and new? For some, repurposing cast offs is a hobby – a way of adding key decorating touches to their own home. For others, the opportunity to turn found or inexpensive items into treasures has birthed businesses, financially rewarding their ingenuity. The key to turning discarded or unexpected things into treasures: being able to spot potential, knowing how to turn it into something extra special, and having the willingness … Read More

Criticism – 10 Tips to Lessening the Sting

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On a sunny summer day a few years back, my daughter was merrily mowing the lawn – her way to earn a few extra bucks. Everything was proceeding like any normal summer day when suddenly the sound of the mower ended and hysterical screaming ensued. This was screaming like I had never heard before. It was so intense that I honestly assumed the worst – that my daughter had somehow gotten her leg mangled in the lawn mower – if that is even possible. It was heart stopping! Not the sound a mom loves to hear! Of course I dashed … Read More

The Striving Illusion

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Working out on a treadmill burns calories and gets the heart pumping. Yet, even if you crank up the pace, you will still find yourself in the same place. As I work with leaders, I often find that they are frantically expending energy and barely have a minute to spare; and…getting nowhere. They are on the leadership treadmill. I call that striving; just another way of being stuck! It’s a leader’s job to guide things from point A to point Bin order to successfully reach specific goals. Striving gives you the illusion of working hard, yet what you are investing … Read More