A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Wanted

I’m not afraid to admit it…I like country music.  I don’t like “classic” country unless it involves a bit of bluegrass…but I do like “today’s” country and find myself listening to it in the car, at my FroYo shoppe, while I clean the house, etc.   A few months ago, I heard for the first…

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Freak Flag

I had the pleasure of speaking at two state conferences this past week.  2012 HR Florida Conference and Expo and 2012 HR Indiana.  I spoke on three topics: Recruitment, Engagement and HR’s Purpose.  I love all three of these topics and I hope my passion and energy helped carry my message during these sessions.  …

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Insights From The Baseball Field

I had the pleasure of watching the Little League Majors games for the Alaska State Championship this past week.  My nephews team, the Juneau Majors, were playing and, as a good aunt would, I attended every game! As I sat and watched the games, I thought how nice it would be if the things I…

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Red Headed Speed Bump

I don’t like “fast food.”  Occasionally, if the need arises, I’ll go to Subway.  It was my visit yesterday with a patron in Subway that inspired this post.   The line was fairly long and usually when this happens, I slip out of line, head three stores down to SoYo, my FroYo shop, grab coupons,…

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The “Give a Damn” Factor

June was “leadership month” for this blog and as I considered what the last post would be, I wondered, “what makes or breaks a good leader?” So many of us write of leadership, read about leadership, study leadership – there are lessons to be learned and shared everywhere.  But is there one thing…one characteristic or…

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Leadership GOOOOAAAALLLL!

I am the mother of a gazillion teenage girls. Ok, I exaggerate.   I have one daughter, Carolyn, but she comes with friends; specifically, she comes with an entire soccer team.   During tournament weekends, all of these young women stay with me.  I facilitate team building sessions throughout the weekend – girls work together,…

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Excess Baggage

“We cannot hold on to things and enter.”  Mark Nepo   I carry a bit of baggage.  Ok, to be honest, I carry a ton of it.  However, today a friend gently reminded me that perhaps I should leave my baggage behind so I can move freely forward. Baggage – it comes in many forms. …

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Courage

My son, Andrew, is five years old and up until eight days ago, he didn’t know how to swim.  For Alaskans, this is problematic.  We are never far from a lake, a river, a stream or the ocean and having a child who doesn’t know how to swim is dangerous.   For some reason, my…

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I don’t look good in green

    This is my daughter, Carolyn.  As you can see, she placed a beautiful header into the goal and was pretty happy about it!         (Who wouldn’t be?…other than the goalie, of course.)       I only have one tangible picture of her teammate congratulating her; you can see Carolyn…

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