Leadership

Porcupine Encounters

You’re sure to encounter “prickly people” just about everywhere you go! And that means there will be some prickly folks at work too – people who rub you the wrong way, rarely have a positive thing to say, and are just rough to deal with. John Ortberg calls those kinds of people “porcupines” in his…

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How to Increase Gratitude & Beat Stress

Throughout the year there are seasons when the activity level rises: the holidays, before school starts and wraps up – even tax season can make for extra work personally that can be stressful for you as a leader. Extra activity can also be created by unexpected circumstances – good or bad! There are also seasons…

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8 Ways to Be a More Balanced Leader

Balance is a tricky. It’s your ability to respond to both external forces, as well as internal forces, in a way that allows you to maintain equilibrium, to be steady. It takes a strong core and your entire body working together for you to successfully balance – your brain, eyes, ears, and stabilizing muscles. A…

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7 Signs of Freedom in Your Culture

Like you, I’ve worked for a variety of leaders. While every leader has their own unique style, some leaders have a way of cultivating a culture of freedom while others create a culture of fear. I don’t fare well in an environment full of fear. I bet you don’t either! Leadership is lonely, laden with…

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How to Boost Your Self-Awareness – The Key Ingredient!

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, biscuits, and coffee cake are just a few of my family’s favorite breakfast choices. I like to be creative in the kitchen, so I’ve prepared these goodies with wheat, spelt, and even made them gluten free!  I’ve swapped out the pumpkin for applesauce in the muffins. When making the biscuits, I’ve…

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The Taco Salad Principle

There I was with an enormous serving of taco salad staring back at me. It was one BIG salad! No one seemed to notice, the family chatter continued around me like everything was normal. I suppose in some ways it was. This wasn’t the first time I’d faced an immense serving of taco salad. You…

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Navigating the Unknown

My Thomas Guide was a lifesaver when I worked as a sales rep shortly after graduating from college. For those of you who are too young to know about maps of this variety, or didn’t live on the west coast, Thomas Guides were spiral bound street maps for specific areas. I had one for Santa…

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How to Bring Out the Best in Your People

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…

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Get Excited! Practical Ways to Boost Your Confidence

Leading without confidence is like trying to drive a car without gas! It just doesn’t work! Confidence is a basic and necessary component of leadership, whether you are leading others or simply leading you! And it’s really a no brainer – you don’t want to fly in a plane with an unsure pilot, sit in…

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How Many Hats Do You Wear?

Hats look awesome on most people – I am just not so fond of how hats look on me. I am not quite sure why I chose to wear a hat when I got married, but that was a number of years ago! These days, I only wear hats out of necessity. I have a…

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