A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Acceptance

“If I am sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?” Jose Saramago Regrets They are ravenous. They are constant nags in the back of your head and the pit of your heart. They are thieves of both slumber and joy. Regrets I suppose I shouldn’t shun regrets totally from my life…they are proof…

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From Hindsight To Foresight

“Why did I smack you upside the head, Heather?  Because you smacked your brother and I wanted you to know what it felt like.” Carol Strider (aka Mom) I had the pleasure of being invited to “crash” the Alaska Association of School Business Officials (ALASBO) conference last week so I could see a keynote presentation from…

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Ode to Jody

“Nothing but Heaven itself is better than a friend who is truly a friend.” Plautus My friend, Jody, died one year ago today. She battled cancer for over two years and while she ultimately lost the war, she won many battles.  I have written a few posts inspired by Jody, the first, When FMLA Comes to…

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Look Up

“The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” Ellen Glasgow I haven’t written a post in weeks…I guess I have been in a bit of a rut. This happens often, and not just for writing but for life in general. Does it happen to you?  Certainly I can’t be the only…

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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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Big Things in Small Packages

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Anyone who has travelled via air a bit could…

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Superheroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

“You don’t have to have super powers to be a superhero.” Andrew Kinzie, Age 7 When he’s not getting into trouble for lacking focus and/or self discipline, my seven year old son often gives me little nuggets of wisdom. (He’s one-half old soul, one-half tazmanian devil.) This morning was no exception. In the same minute…

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Quit Protecting the Sacred Cow

“Funny how that cow of yours is really a lot of bull.” Me I had the pleasure of having lunch with a friend today but I’ll admit, he probably wasn’t as pleased with it as I was. The discussion, which was about financial reports and processes, fired me up but probably just irritated the hell…

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Listen Up

“Hey Little Missy, God blessed you with hearing.  Don’t waste that precious gift by failing to listen.” Carol Strider (my mom)   I have the honor of creating and presenting what I hope to be relevant and timely leadership “content” to a group of managers and supervisors every month for a specific client. I’ve been doing this for a…

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It Is Possible

  Today is September 11, 2014. It’s been 13 years since our nation awoke to terror. Facebook today is filled with people sharing their memories of that day, and I have enjoyed reading these stories as each perspective, each insight and take-away is endearing, educational, motivational or all of the above. I thought I’d share my…

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