A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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Does this country need more HR professionals?

It’s been just shy of a month since SHRM16 took over our nation’s capital but nearly a month is fairly late for getting a “post-SHRM16” blog written. To my credit, a lot has happened since that time; likewise, I have been mentally occupied so it was difficult for me to write much. But, better late than never and…

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Open Fire

Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 74th birthday. Nearly every year, I post something to honor her, whether it be here on the blog or via another medium. I woke up today thinking of my dear mother. Lots of things crossed my sleepy mind such as her rules and values, her disappointments and dreams, and her fear…

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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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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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It’s not the Action, it’s the Reaction

“It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them.” I heard that the other day but didn’t give it much thought at the time. However, it kept coming back to me. It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them. That’s…

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Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me!

“Get over yourself…it’s about preserving the team, not your ego.” Carol Strider (my dear mother) I had the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful little town of Kodiak recently. I work in Kodiak every three months or so; I typically have a “theme” associated with the training I develop and present for my client there. This…

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What the…Was That a Unicorn?

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill Did you ever have one of those days in which everything was going your way? I had a week like that – an entire week! It was quite delightful. I can’t put my finger on exactly what went right. Moreover, it’s not like things…

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Power of Shame

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” Brene Brown I had the pleasure the other day to get a tour of the Alaska Food Bank. I’m doing some work for them and the Director was gracious enough to show me around the warehouse, tell me about the numerous programs the Food Bank facilitates, discuss with me…

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A Soap Box Moment – is it reasonable?

“Sometimes, it takes being pissed to get you over a hump.” That’s not an eloquent saying, I know, but nonetheless, it holds true today. I’ve had writer’s block for awhile…I have managed to squeak out a post here and there but it’s been difficult…I just haven’t felt overly inspired. But today, I read something that pissed me…

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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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