A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Self Fulfilling Prophecies

“That which we manifest is before us.” Garth Stein   I am thinking about Ben Eubanks.  I met Ben during the SHRM 2012 Conference.  He quickly became one of my favorite “meets” in Atlanta! Ben creates a positive world around him.  He’s not living in a fairytale world…none of us are.  But, unlike many of…

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The “Give a Damn” Factor

June was “leadership month” for this blog and as I considered what the last post would be, I wondered, “what makes or breaks a good leader?” So many of us write of leadership, read about leadership, study leadership – there are lessons to be learned and shared everywhere.  But is there one thing…one characteristic or…

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Let’s Make A Deal & HR

A Guest Post from Steve Browne   Being a kid of the 70’s, one of the “figures” I remember seeing on my color TV with the 3 network channels and no remote control was Monte Hall.  He was magnificent, funny and always had his audience enthralled with the chance of winning prizes and money. Let’s…

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Minute To Win It & Leadership

A Guest Post from Kalani Parnell   Although my television viewing fluctuates between the discovery channel and the cartoon channel, from time to time I have found myself immersed in a game show called “Minute to Win it” (MTWI). For those of you who aren’t yet fans, in this game show partners compete through 10…

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Power and Influence

A dear friend of mine, Kalani, recently traveled to the Philippines and spent a day carving with a man named Ernesto and his apprentices.  After a day spent swapping stories and emerging himself in a craft he loves, he bought me a carving from Ernesto’s shop.  For those of you who may not recognize it,…

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The Risk to Blossom

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  Anais Nin   I am working with my daughter, Carolyn, tonight.  While I’m sure she’d rather work with another, perhaps “cooler” teammate, she’s stuck with her mom!   I am blessed to…

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Hostile Work Environment

I got a call today from a potential client; here’s an excerpt: An employee has filed a formal complaint that the supervisor was treating her and everyone else poorly.  She said the supervisor was creating a “hostile work environment.”   The employee told us (HR) that we must “do something about it” or else!  …

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A City Divided

I have an ego, I have a temper, I am emotional and I often over-react.  I talk too much, I listen too little, I’m a bit selfish and I struggle with forgiveness.  However, I am trying to be a decent human, a great HR professional and a thoughtful leader.   I have wrestled with writing…

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Courage

My son, Andrew, is five years old and up until eight days ago, he didn’t know how to swim.  For Alaskans, this is problematic.  We are never far from a lake, a river, a stream or the ocean and having a child who doesn’t know how to swim is dangerous.   For some reason, my…

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Employment At Will

When my sister, Robin, was about five years old, she let my brother stick popcorn kernels up her nose.  When my mom asked Robin why she allowed this to happen, Robin said, “well, him wanted to.” Was this a touching display of sibling love?  Not really…it was kinda stupid.   I thought of Robin this…

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