A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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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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Living

 “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.” Albert Camus My friend is dying. She’s been sick with stupid cancer for over a year now but this week, it’s really hit home.  She’s been encouraged to quit fighting and she’s been denied additional care.  It’s been suggested to her…

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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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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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