How to Bring Out the Best in Your People

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It’s spring, so that means happy times in my yard. The weather’s been absolutely perfect for gardening! Watching the flowers in my yard bloom – that brings me joy! Even a trip to the mail box is an adventure because it’s a chance to see what new flowers have arrived on the scene. Flanking our front door, we have some lovely flower boxes. I love the idea of people being welcomed by a colorful profusion of blooms as they come to the door. My flower boxes don’t have the benefit of sprinklers like the rest of my yard. That means … Read More

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 can 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 … Read More

Are You A Work Hoarder?

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Have you ever seen the show “Hoarders: Buried Alive?” Watching it can be hard! If you haven’t seen the show, let me bring you up to speed: it is about people experiencing personal crisis, often great loss, that are unable to get rid of things. As a result, many of these extreme hoarders are unable to move from room to room in their own home because they have filled them to the brim with all sorts of things including trash. Even worse, it often attracts unwanted creatures. It is sad to see how hoarding has limited the lives of the … Read More

Foolish Feedback – The #1 Mistake Leaders Make

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Even jolly old St. Nick makes this mistake – the mistake of foolish feedback. What is foolish feedback? It is feedback that is vague, making it impossible to repeat or improve your performance. A simple “naughty” or “nice” is just not enough information. In real life, leaders make the same mistake. Perhaps you have encountered foolish feedback like this: “Great job!” “You rock!” “Thanks for all you do!” “Like that, only better.” I’ve encountered many well intentioned leaders who were thoughtful, kind people who regularly provided foolish feedback. Leaders naturally lean towards being big picture people, often overlooking the details. … Read More

Unlocking Your Unique Potential to Lead

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Who comes to mind when you think of leaders? Big names associated with leadership like John Maxwell, Simon Sinek, or the late Stephen Covey? Or possibly one of the 50 people Fortune Magazine named as The World’s Greatest Leaders in 2014: Pope Francis, Warren Buffet, Bono, Ellen Kullman, or Juliana Rotich, among 45 others. Perhaps you take a more personal approach and your high school coach, youth leader, or a college professor is the leader that stands out in your mind. Being a great leader is not dependent on a having a particular personality. Leaders become great when they are … 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