A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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Five Small Business Situations You Didn’t Expect

A guest post by Bert Doerhoff, CPA If you are several years into owning your own small business, then you know that a lot of unanticipated issues can arise. When many people consider beginning their own businesses, they imagine having flexible hours, making more money and having the freedom to take off on vacation at…

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Mentoring

A man by the name of Joel Casto is flying into Anchorage this weekend and I can’t wait to see him.  He’s not bringing me a million bucks, he’s not family and he’s not famous, but he has been my mentor for 17 years.  Moreover, my relationship with Joel is the most valuable friendship I…

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I don’t look good in green

    This is my daughter, Carolyn.  As you can see, she placed a beautiful header into the goal and was pretty happy about it!         (Who wouldn’t be?…other than the goalie, of course.)       I only have one tangible picture of her teammate congratulating her; you can see Carolyn…

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All You Need is Love, part one.

Nowadays, if your tank’s empty, you’re fixin’ to spend over $50 to fill the darn thing up. But an empty tank means something different to Gary Chapman.  He’s the author of numerous books but my favorite is his first book, The Five Love Languages.  (Chapman, Gary. (1992). The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt…

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Is HR Worth the Line Item?

I’m a Human Resources Professional and I’m not afraid to admit it!  I think most people would rather wash toilets every day than deal with workplace issues but that’s ok.  If you don’t love it, don’t do it! I love HR; I love everything about it.  Many things are overwhelming and difficult…and that’s a high…

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When FMLA Comes to Life

Nothing sends an HR Tech running for their Tylenol quite like an employee’s request for intermittent FMLA!  It’s a big fat pain!  Years ago, my employee Peggy, would sit at her desk and beg us not to interrupt her while she ensured her FMLA spreadsheet (leave tracking at its finest) was accurate.  We used to…

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High Road (HR)

I’m not a huge fan of Donald Trump and I don’t think I’ve ever watched The Apprentice.  However, I thought of Mr. Trump this afternoon when I fired a client.  Yep, you read that right, I fired a client.  It doesn’t happen often but it has happened before. It was the right thing to do….

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