A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Rabbits and Tennis Rackets

“Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven’t realized that today is tomorrow’s nostalgia.”  Zeena Schreck   I was reading something the other day about impermanence.  Specifically, I was reading about clouds and how they are constantly changing.  I realized that many of us love watching them do so – as a matter of fact, we delight in it. If…

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3rd Day Insights

The 3rd and final day of Ceridian‘s User Conference, Insights 2014, has come to an end. I came to this conference wanting to learn more about Dayforce HCM, Ceridian’s single platform SAAS application. Honestly, I was overwhelmed just thinking about “what I was in for” – I haven’t worked in HRIS (aka DATA) in years…

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I Love Not Working Well For You

I attended the SHRM National Conference in Orlando recently and went to quite a few concurrent sessions that got me thinking. One session was about money…how an organization makes it, wastes it or loses it…and, of course, what Human Resource professionals should be doing about all of them to ensure organizational success. The presenter talked about…

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Pathetic Dog, Lesson in Empathy

Our minds will look ahead when fear is left behind.   My ex-husband, Steve, and I share joint-custody of our 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Lucy.  Steve, technically, has full custody but I agree to watch her when he travels, which he happens to be doing this week. As you can see, Lucy is less…

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Teenagers, Boyfriends and Bathrooms

  Bathrooms are for weeping. I have a 16 year old daughter. If she knew I was writing this post today, she’d probably have an aneurism but perhaps ten years from now, she’ll read it and not have a fit. I had the pleasure of spending five days with my friend, her daughter and my…

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Speak Outside of the Lines

It’s not what you tell them…it’s what they hear. Red Auerbach   I had the pleasure of working with a client recently who had a workforce of about 900. My job was to train them all on various topics over the course of the four day window. Easy peasy!  Load me up, fill the room…

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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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You’re Not That Great or Important

I got a call the other day…a desperate one at that…to help resolve a touchy employee relations problem. The problem at hand involved nearly twenty professionals.  I use the word “professionals” loosely as they demonstrated anything but professionalism. Name calling, back stabbing, hostility, aggressiveness…you name it, they offered it.   How does a team get this…

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SCARF – it’s comforting

You can’t build a great house on a weak foundation. My mother, Carol Strider   I had the pleasure of teaching a class the other day on leadership and employee engagement. My primary objective of this particular course was to help participants identify some pragmatic ideas to not only engage an otherwise “positive” workforce but to…

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The Frontier Project (in the 2nd largest state)

Wanted: Curiosity and Imagination   I don’t need an excuse to get out of Alaska in November but if I did, I’d scream down to Cyprus, Texas to be a part of something meaningful, The Frontier Project.   I was fortunate enough to attend the first “project” held in Omaha earlier this spring.  I came…

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