A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Self-fulfilling Prophecy

“I don’t know why I’m excited…I just am and that’s good enough.” Andrew Kinzie Despite the warm weather here in Alaska, the calendar tells us that fall is looming and it’s time to think about wearing socks and long sleeve shirts again. It’ll come…we live in Alaska…it will always come! For many of us, fall…

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What’s In Your Garden?

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7 You’ve got the space and the vision. You were lucky enough to inherit a few mature gems and, in your search for new wonders, you find some just budding. You stumble across some with great potential and discover some…

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Why Should You Give? Because Look What They Get!

“A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness.” James E. Faust I have been active with SHRM in one way or another since 2003 or so and, of course, know about the SHRM Foundation. I knew the Foundation did research, published its findings so we could all benefit from that research, assisted with the education and development…

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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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Don’t Take It Personally?

“The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work.” Richard Eyre I’ve been dating for two years. I’ve become a bit of a “3 date wonder” – meaning I rarely end up having more than three dates. There have been a few exceptions but even those dating relationships don’t last more than a month or…

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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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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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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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