A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Excess Baggage

“We cannot hold on to things and enter.”  Mark Nepo   I carry a bit of baggage.  Ok, to be honest, I carry a ton of it.  However, today a friend gently reminded me that perhaps I should leave my baggage behind so I can move freely forward. Baggage – it comes in many forms. …

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Budgeting 101

A guest post by Bert Doerhoff, CPA   Budget?  You don’t need no stinkin’ budget!   WRONG! Of course you do!   You have started a new business, chosen a company name, developed your business plan, secured the loan and perhaps even rented the space.   Now what? You need a budget.   A budget…

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From Idiot to Expert

I’m a Social Media idiot. I used to think that Blogging was for narcissists. I’m the Alaskan HR Chick who admitted on Drive ThruHR last year that I thought Twitter was a fad.   I started tweeting last September. I started A Leading Perspective in January. I plan to be Alaska’s social media expert (as…

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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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I recently traveled to San Diego for the ERE Expo; I presented a pre-conference workshop and was afforded the opportunity to attend the full conference (thanks to ERE for both!).   I’ve traveled alot for work but this was the first time attending a conference alone; I’m typically with or meeting someone upon arrival.  …

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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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