How Self-Care Makes You a More Effective Leader

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While taking my trash can to the curb to be picked up, I chuckled over the bold letters declaring “NO HOT ASHES” on the top of the lid. I chuckled because it seems like pure common sense to not put hot ashes into your trash can, right? Clearly there have been issues, or these words would not be molded into the top of my trash can. The words on my trash remind me of the tag on my blow dryer urging me to not dry my hair while taking a bath, or the warning on plastic bags:  This bag is … Read More

8 Habits to Help You Plug in to Your Positive Side

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Driven and ambitious – that’s me. I think I have been that way since about the time I started walking and talking. Being positive – that’s been more of a struggle. Sadly, for much of my life I have been a “glass half empty” sort of gal. I attribute my lack of positivity to my personality (D/C for those familiar with DiSC) and the environment I grew up in, and a few bad habits, but I have made changes! I want to be positive. Lacking positivity significantly limits my influence, stifles my creativity, and keeps me stuck. Yes, stuck because … Read More

How to Get Results Without Being Bossy

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who was smart and full of ideas. She was naturally organized, creative, and able to come up with a system for just about anything. She loved to read, sew, draw, write letters, and play baseball with the boys. There was just one little tiny problem -she was bossy! She kept her younger brothers in line – they hated it! When the neighbor kids played school, she was the teacher, again! And guess who managed the lemonade stand? I hate to admit it, but that little girl was me. I have learned … Read More

6 Steps to Becoming a Leader Others Want to Follow

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I am a wave-with-a-smile kind of gal. On my daily walks in my neighborhood, I make it a habit to wave and smile at everyone that passes by. This has not always been the case. In the past, I have been a wave-with-a-smile-if-you-waved-first kind of gal like Mr. Frank (not his real name), a loveable but crotchety older gentleman in my old neighborhood that shared my love of walking. He would complain daily about how unfriendly everyone in the neighborhood was each time we crossed paths. One day I finally asked Mr. Frank, “Do you wave and smile at everyone … Read More

What Lingers?

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Aromas leave a vast array of experiences behind, ranging from healing to offensive. Some scents are relaxing, while others make your mouth water. There are other scents that disgust us. Just the other day my husband arrived home hours after my bread had finished baking and he could still enjoy the smell. Scents linger long after. The same is true for leaders. The aroma you leave behind either enhances or hampers your influence. It doesn’t matter if you lead at home, work or in ministry, your character and what you stand for is important. How others experience you and your … Read More