A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Self-fulfilling Prophecy

“I don’t know why I’m excited…I just am and that’s good enough.” Andrew Kinzie Despite the warm weather here in Alaska, the calendar tells us that fall is looming and it’s time to think about wearing socks and long sleeve shirts again. It’ll come…we live in Alaska…it will always come! For many of us, fall…

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Work Should Be Like PaiGow

Ahh, Vegas – how we love to hate you! You’re hot, you’re sleazy, you’re crowded, you’re expensive and you cheat…of course we hate you! The annual SHRM conference was held in Las Vegas this year and over 15,000 attendees gathered to learn more about their profession. I have been to Vegas for conferences before but this is the first time…

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Bullying Should Be A Losing Hand

I’m here at the Annual SHRM Conference – we’re in Vegas! As always, I’m having fun reconnecting with colleagues I haven’t seen in awhile and connecting with brand new ones. But alas, it’s not all about socializing; I need to attend the concurrent sessions too! I attended a session today on workplace bullying and was…

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Why Should You Give? Because Look What They Get!

“A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness.” James E. Faust I have been active with SHRM in one way or another since 2003 or so and, of course, know about the SHRM Foundation. I knew the Foundation did research, published its findings so we could all benefit from that research, assisted with the education and development…

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