A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

The higher up you get, the more your butt is exposed

“Want to know what it means? Look it up!” Carolyn Strider (my mom) Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to define a word but you end up using the same word to help define it? My mom would have told me to use the dictionary and/or thesaurus. I was talking about the word, “accountability” to my son,…

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Leadership Done Right

“If you’re going to copy someone, use some sense and copy someone who is doing it right.” Heather Kinzie I have had the pleasure of working with The Chariot Group for nearly three months and last week, enjoyed three of the four “kick off” days for the new year. Rick Thomas and Denise Thomas bring everyone together for four days…

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Not Just Another Walk in the Park

Who would have thought there would be a jackass in the middle of an Alaskan Forest? Have you ever had one of those days when things don’t go as planned and, because of your bullheaded decisions, they just get worse? This happened to me recently when I went for a “walk” in Chugach State Park with…

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Work Should Be Like PaiGow

Ahh, Vegas – how we love to hate you! You’re hot, you’re sleazy, you’re crowded, you’re expensive and you cheat…of course we hate you! The annual SHRM conference was held in Las Vegas this year and over 15,000 attendees gathered to learn more about their profession. I have been to Vegas for conferences before but this is the first time…

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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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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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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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Honestly, we can do better.

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare I was listening to the radio this morning as I took my son to school; they were in the middle of those silly quizzes/survey questions and accepting calls from listeners. I have no idea what the question was but the callers kept guessing, “is it stealing?” During…

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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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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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