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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Self-fulfilling Prophecy

“I don’t know why I’m excited…I just am and that’s good enough.” Andrew Kinzie Despite the warm weather here in Alaska, the calendar tells us that fall is looming and it’s time to think about wearing socks and long sleeve shirts again. It’ll come…we live in Alaska…it will always come! For many of us, fall…

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What’s In Your Garden?

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7 You’ve got the space and the vision. You were lucky enough to inherit a few mature gems and, in your search for new wonders, you find some just budding. You stumble across some with great potential and discover some…

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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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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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HR Carnival – How Would I Make HR Better?

This post is part of the HR Carnival, a compilation of HR Blogs hosted this month by Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, SPHR.  Steve is, quite possibly, the coolest HR professional you’ll ever meet and he’s kicking off the HR Carnival on Jan. 15.  Check out his site, Everyday People, on Wednesday to see other blogs following the…

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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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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheately Do you ever wonder if, sometimes, your staff is missing something? Drive?       Determination?       A Brain? They don’t do anything unless they’re told to do it. They don’t try, try again and instead,…

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But, Sir!

Speaking truth to power is perhaps the oldest and, certainly, one of the most difficult of ethical challenges because to do so entails personal danger. James O’ Toole   I had the pleasure of spending the whole day with my mentor a couple of weeks ago; I consider myself truly blessed because he comes up…

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Come on Baby, Light My Fire

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”  Plutarch I have the pleasure of developing and facilitating a mentoring workshop for a client this week.  The fun thing about this particular event is I’m not just telling them about how a mentorship program can work, what the benefits…

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