A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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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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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From Death Do I Start

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. Quintus Ennius   I had the pleasure, and the torture, of attending a memorial service yesterday for a young girl not yet 15. While the death of anyone…

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Modeling Diversity

young, curious, kind wise beyond her fourteen years Carolyn Kinzie   I had the pleasure of having lunch with my daughter this afternoon.  I eat with her all the time but today, it was just us and there was no rush.  Nice doesn’t begin to describe it.   I only have my kiddos one-half of…

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Pride Comes Before a Fall

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.   Carl Jung   I lost a client this past week.  It’s not the first client I’ve lost and I’m sure it won’t be the last,…

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If We Look Hard Enough…

I didn’t get along very well with my siblings…just ask them, they’ll tell ‘ya!   My mom, a single parent, grew tired of me and my siblings bickering all the time and would often look up to the heavens and ask, “What did I do to deserve this?  Can you please help my children love…

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That Which Doesn’t Suit Us

Years ago, I bought a suit. The cut was classic. The color would go with anything! The price was right. And, more importantly, it fit!   The only thing wrong with the suit was that it didn’t look good on me.  I don’t know why…it just didn’t.   But I bought it anyway. Like most…

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Happiness

A Guest Post from Kalani Parnell (This post is long but well worth the read.  It is an excerpt from an email Kalani sent me earlier this year.  While I have edited it slightly to fit this blog, I have tried not to remove any of the context as I fear it would take away…

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Haters Gonna Hate

Human Resource professionals, especially those who work in Employee Relations’ programs, see it all!  We are exposed to employees’ pride and egos, their ambition and their perseverance.  We see victims, aggressors, observers and doers.  We meet collaborators, competers and accommodaters.  We witness generosity and selflessness, laziness and selfishness.  We observe hatefulness and take notice of…

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