A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Lessons Learned from Family Night

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy   My 7 year old son is fascinated my marine life.  He constantly talks about being a marine “researcher” so he can learn all about the many animals in the sea and, of course, discover new ones so he can be famous. Yesterday was…

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Bullying in the Workplace

You can only watch injustice go on for so long until you’re compelled to say something. To speak out against it. Macklemore   I teach a course on various EEO “issues,” on average, about three times every month. I love teaching these classes because while my materials/content are consistent, the stories and questions are always…

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SCARF – it’s comforting

You can’t build a great house on a weak foundation. My mother, Carol Strider   I had the pleasure of teaching a class the other day on leadership and employee engagement. My primary objective of this particular course was to help participants identify some pragmatic ideas to not only engage an otherwise “positive” workforce but to…

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The Frontier Project (in the 2nd largest state)

Wanted: Curiosity and Imagination   I don’t need an excuse to get out of Alaska in November but if I did, I’d scream down to Cyprus, Texas to be a part of something meaningful, The Frontier Project.   I was fortunate enough to attend the first “project” held in Omaha earlier this spring.  I came…

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Riding the Bus

My little guy, Andrew, loves to ride the bus.  He’s in 1st grade this year and so far, discovering Pokeman cards and riding the bus are his two favorite things about school.   I was sending a quick email to my dear friend Lisa Rosendahl this morning and realized that Andrew’s love for riding the…

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Difficult Conversations

For the past several months, I have been presenting what my client is calling “leadership roundtable” courses.  Each month, they identify a relevant topic and ask me to develop content accordingly.  I then present it, facilitate active discussion around the topic, and then wrap it all up in a neat little bow. Today’s topic was…

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Decisions, Decisions

I went into the store the other day to get a battery and in my quest to find them, I stumbled across Halloween Candy. Halloween Candy…tons of it…in late August!  Good grief. I love candy corn as much as the next gal but for me, it’s always too early for Halloween. Where I live, Halloween…

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Waste Removal

Why adverb  1. for what reason or purpose.  2. (with reference to a reason) on account of which; for which. noun  1. a reason or explanation.   I had dinner the other night with someone I consider one of the smartest men I know. During this dinner, he told me about some pretty significant events in his life…

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A Little Bit of Pushing Is Good

I gave a presentation yesterday on employee engagement.  In my spiel, I talk a little about what the data says, a little about how a company can go about defining the ambiguous term, and a lot about what supervisors can do to help get more of the elusive “engagement” from their employees.   I typically…

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Push ’em

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  Carson McCullers   I recently read  “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve.   This book was about a family dealing with death, grief, and the necessity of moving on.  In this story, the father was grieving the loss of his wife and, while…

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