A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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Open Fire

Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 74th birthday. Nearly every year, I post something to honor her, whether it be here on the blog or via another medium. I woke up today thinking of my dear mother. Lots of things crossed my sleepy mind such as her rules and values, her disappointments and dreams, and her fear…

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All Are Welcome, unless they aren’t

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Emma Lazarus I just read the The New York Times article re: Twenty-five Governor’s wanting to close their borders to…

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Follow Through

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank   I have three talents…none of them are bowling. I have bowled quite a bit in my 44 years; I used to be on a team in my late 20s but that’s mostly because it came…

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True Dat!

“We owe honesty to those we meet.”                                             Joel Casto   Honesty We don’t hear it often enough. Do you ever wonder why?   It may be because we have been conditioned to lie, to bend the truth, to be “creative” with our words. Or, here’s a thought, perhaps we are the ones who are conditioning…

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Teenagers, Boyfriends and Bathrooms

  Bathrooms are for weeping. I have a 16 year old daughter. If she knew I was writing this post today, she’d probably have an aneurism but perhaps ten years from now, she’ll read it and not have a fit. I had the pleasure of spending five days with my friend, her daughter and my…

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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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Power and Influence

A dear friend of mine, Kalani, recently traveled to the Philippines and spent a day carving with a man named Ernesto and his apprentices.  After a day spent swapping stories and emerging himself in a craft he loves, he bought me a carving from Ernesto’s shop.  For those of you who may not recognize it,…

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All You Need is Love, part one.

Nowadays, if your tank’s empty, you’re fixin’ to spend over $50 to fill the darn thing up. But an empty tank means something different to Gary Chapman.  He’s the author of numerous books but my favorite is his first book, The Five Love Languages.  (Chapman, Gary. (1992). The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt…

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