A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Ode to Jody

“Nothing but Heaven itself is better than a friend who is truly a friend.” Plautus My friend, Jody, died one year ago today. She battled cancer for over two years and while she ultimately lost the war, she won many battles.  I have written a few posts inspired by Jody, the first, When FMLA Comes to…

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Look Up

“The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” Ellen Glasgow I haven’t written a post in weeks…I guess I have been in a bit of a rut. This happens often, and not just for writing but for life in general. Does it happen to you?  Certainly I can’t be the only…

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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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Listen Up

“Hey Little Missy, God blessed you with hearing.  Don’t waste that precious gift by failing to listen.” Carol Strider (my mom)   I have the honor of creating and presenting what I hope to be relevant and timely leadership “content” to a group of managers and supervisors every month for a specific client. I’ve been doing this for a…

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Finding The Sweet Spot

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”  C.G. Jung   I’ve been reading the book, “Hearts That We Broke Long Ago” by Merle Shain; there are numerous lessons in this little book, and many of which can be translated into wonderful workplace nuggets.   One lesson is about accepting oneself before anyone else…

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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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Would You Bet on You?

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.” David Mamet   I am reading a book on the game of poker.  I don’t play poker, nor do I care to learn how to play poker,…

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Bullying in the Workplace

You can only watch injustice go on for so long until you’re compelled to say something. To speak out against it. Macklemore   I teach a course on various EEO “issues,” on average, about three times every month. I love teaching these classes because while my materials/content are consistent, the stories and questions are always…

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