A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Diversity for Dinner

Sometimes, “different” is what you need. My mom, Carol Strider   My daughter, Carolyn, invited just shy of ten friends over for dinner last week, about half were young adults I had never met. As with any dinner in my house, everyone needs to pitch in and help; not only does this make quick work…

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Reciprocity

I read something the other day that inspired me to contact an old friend. Jason Seiden’s post, “Childhood Friends“, suggested that old friends, ones we met when we were children, are the ones most likely to accept you the way you are – they are the ones you don’t need to impress. Jason’s post made…

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Decisions, Decisions

I went into the store the other day to get a battery and in my quest to find them, I stumbled across Halloween Candy. Halloween Candy…tons of it…in late August!  Good grief. I love candy corn as much as the next gal but for me, it’s always too early for Halloween. Where I live, Halloween…

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A Little Bit of Pushing Is Good

I gave a presentation yesterday on employee engagement.  In my spiel, I talk a little about what the data says, a little about how a company can go about defining the ambiguous term, and a lot about what supervisors can do to help get more of the elusive “engagement” from their employees.   I typically…

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Push ’em

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  Carson McCullers   I recently read  “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve.   This book was about a family dealing with death, grief, and the necessity of moving on.  In this story, the father was grieving the loss of his wife and, while…

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Communication…The Wonder Drug

“There is never a good excuse to not communicate with someone.” Mark Kelly   SHRM13 had some great keynote speakers and Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords did not disappoint! Mr. Kelly talked about a range of things, one of them being the importance of communication.  His story, which included surface to air missiles and million…

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What’s That I See? Employee Engagement!

  I recently traveled to Chicago and Seattle and during this trip, had ample opportunity to observe the two cities’ workforce engaged or otherwise in their work.  Whether it was in retail, hospitality, government, banking, or one of the many other industries, there were many employees to observe. I like to watch for something specific…and…

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What’s Your Legacy?

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Benjamin Franklin   I have a new friend, Michael Wagner.  Michael is the CEO of White Rabbit Group and he’s a delight.  He’s intelligent, insightful, and darn fun to talk to.  I met…

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Employee Engagement, Part Two

My posts this month all center around employee engagement as, like many of you, this has been on my mind. I’ve developed/presented classes on engagement for years and have coached many leaders on how they can increase employee engagement, which we all know is directly related to discretionary performance.  I’m confident the activities I have/will suggest…

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Employee Engagement, Part One

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup   Last week, I wrote about employee engagement – and I suggested that “engagement” had become a hot potato that neither Human Resources or Leadership was willing to grab. I offered easy ways to grab the potato……

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