A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheately Do you ever wonder if, sometimes, your staff is missing something? Drive?       Determination?       A Brain? They don’t do anything unless they’re told to do it. They don’t try, try again and instead,…

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Show Me The Money!

  I had the pleasure of attending a Mega Session called “Show Me The Money” in Orlando during the National SHRM 2014 conference.  The presenter was LaFern Batie of The Batie Group. Ms. Batie challenged the participants with what many have been encouraging HR professionals to do for years…understand the finances of the business! In a nutshell, Ms. Batie…

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Would You Bet on You?

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.” David Mamet   I am reading a book on the game of poker.  I don’t play poker, nor do I care to learn how to play poker,…

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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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Where’s Your Bar? Professionalism

“Professionalism is like love: it is made up of the constant flow of little bits of proof that testify to devotion and care. Everything else is pretension or incompetence.”  Tomislav Sola   I taught a class last week on discrimination and harassment prevention; my content covers topics such as legislation, complaint processes, definitions/thresholds for legal…

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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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You Know What They Say About Assumptions

I recently taught a class on Performance Management and, like in many previous classes, I was amazed to learn that most supervisors don’t take the time to talk to their employees about what is expected of them. WHAT?    Craziness, I know…but many supervisors are simply assuming the employee knows what to do, how to…

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