A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Pick Me Pick Me Pick Me!

“Get over yourself…it’s about preserving the team, not your ego.” Carol Strider (my dear mother) I had the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful little town of Kodiak recently. I work in Kodiak every three months or so; I typically have a “theme” associated with the training I develop and present for my client there. This…

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Power of Shame

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” Brene Brown I had the pleasure the other day to get a tour of the Alaska Food Bank. I’m doing some work for them and the Director was gracious enough to show me around the warehouse, tell me about the numerous programs the Food Bank facilitates, discuss with me…

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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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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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Rabbits and Tennis Rackets

“Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven’t realized that today is tomorrow’s nostalgia.”  Zeena Schreck   I was reading something the other day about impermanence.  Specifically, I was reading about clouds and how they are constantly changing.  I realized that many of us love watching them do so – as a matter of fact, we delight in it. If…

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What’s Your Story?

  Things are heating up in Florida, folks. Orlando is being taken over by HR Professionals! SHRM14 has begun!   What’s your story? Why did you make the trip? I think that’s what I love most about these conferences. I learn from some of the sessions, I certainly enjoy the networking events, and I adore…

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What do we have to lose?

I think I’ve read a blog or a status update per day for the last two weeks regarding SHRM’s “new” competency based certification for HR Professionals. I thought I’d join the conversation with this quick post. First and foremost, let me say that I am proud of my SPHR and GPHR certification for a variety of…

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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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