A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Leadership Done Right

“If you’re going to copy someone, use some sense and copy someone who is doing it right.” Heather Kinzie I have had the pleasure of working with The Chariot Group for nearly three months and last week, enjoyed three of the four “kick off” days for the new year. Rick Thomas and Denise Thomas bring everyone together for four days…

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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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The Collaboration Conundrum

“Let’s work together!” Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! Two heads are better than one, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! It’ll be faster if we combine our efforts, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! We’ll push each other to be more creative and innovative, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! It’ll be fun! Right? Right? Not always……

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Not Just Another Walk in the Park

Who would have thought there would be a jackass in the middle of an Alaskan Forest? Have you ever had one of those days when things don’t go as planned and, because of your bullheaded decisions, they just get worse? This happened to me recently when I went for a “walk” in Chugach State Park with…

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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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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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Quit Protecting the Sacred Cow

“Funny how that cow of yours is really a lot of bull.” Me I had the pleasure of having lunch with a friend today but I’ll admit, he probably wasn’t as pleased with it as I was. The discussion, which was about financial reports and processes, fired me up but probably just irritated the hell…

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Listen Up

“Hey Little Missy, God blessed you with hearing.  Don’t waste that precious gift by failing to listen.” Carol Strider (my mom)   I have the honor of creating and presenting what I hope to be relevant and timely leadership “content” to a group of managers and supervisors every month for a specific client. I’ve been doing this for a…

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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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