A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

What It Means To Be A Consultant

Some say what you do defines you. Other say you define what you do. I am a consultant. This doesn’t mean I am a narcissist. This doesn’t mean I am smarter than you. This doesn’t mean I have all the answers. This doesn’t mean I can solve all of your problems. This doesn’t mean I…

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The higher up you get, the more your butt is exposed

“Want to know what it means? Look it up!” Carolyn Strider (my mom) Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to define a word but you end up using the same word to help define it? My mom would have told me to use the dictionary and/or thesaurus. I was talking about the word, “accountability” to my son,…

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Leadership Done Right

“If you’re going to copy someone, use some sense and copy someone who is doing it right.” Heather Kinzie I have had the pleasure of working with The Chariot Group for nearly three months and last week, enjoyed three of the four “kick off” days for the new year. Rick Thomas and Denise Thomas bring everyone together for four days…

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End of Year Expenses

“It is better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee One of my friends is an entrepreneur like myself and we were talking this morning of work, specifically the end-of-year catch-up work we often do.  He called it the “End of Year Hemorrhage” as he purchases what he needs prior to…

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How Are You Inspired?

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” Tony Dorsett I haven’t written for A Leading Perspective in quite some time and I wish I could tell you I had a good reason, but the truth is, I don’t; lack of motivation is never…

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All Are Welcome, unless they aren’t

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Emma Lazarus I just read the The New York Times article re: Twenty-five Governor’s wanting to close their borders to…

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

“It may not have been a perfect box, but its walls sure were sturdy, until they weren’t.” Heather Kinzie I had the distinct pleasure of conversing with the infamous Steve Browne last week. I had called Steve because I found myself at a gulch and somewhat afraid, unable or unwilling to jump in or over it. Steve talked some…

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And the Award for Best Presenter Goes To…

I had the pleasure of speaking at two state conferences last week in Illinois and Ohio. I am always tickled to speak in a state that is not my own and am, of course, honored to represent both the State Councils and the HR profession itself. While I speak at these conferences, I also am “an attendee” and able…

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The Collaboration Conundrum

“Let’s work together!” Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! Two heads are better than one, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! It’ll be faster if we combine our efforts, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! We’ll push each other to be more creative and innovative, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! It’ll be fun! Right? Right? Not always……

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Vulnerability

Recently, I was in Seattle with some friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited with many of them and goodness, it was nice just catching up with each other. Not surprisingly, it was an emotional weekend because a ton of stuff has happened in the last few years within our circle of friends. Flying back to Anchorage,…

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