A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you


Don’t Believe Everything You Think

“It may not have been a perfect box, but its walls sure were sturdy, until they weren’t.” Heather Kinzie I had the distinct pleasure of conversing with the infamous Steve Browne last week. I had called Steve because I found myself at a gulch and somewhat afraid, unable or unwilling to jump in or over it. Steve talked some…

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Recently, I was in Seattle with some friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited with many of them and goodness, it was nice just catching up with each other. Not surprisingly, it was an emotional weekend because a ton of stuff has happened in the last few years within our circle of friends. Flying back to Anchorage,…

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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 the…Was That a Unicorn?

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill Did you ever have one of those days in which everything was going your way? I had a week like that – an entire week! It was quite delightful. I can’t put my finger on exactly what went right. Moreover, it’s not like things…

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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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Look Up

“The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” Ellen Glasgow I haven’t written a post in weeks…I guess I have been in a bit of a rut. This happens often, and not just for writing but for life in general. Does it happen to you?  Certainly I can’t be the only…

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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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Superheroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

“You don’t have to have super powers to be a superhero.” Andrew Kinzie, Age 7 When he’s not getting into trouble for lacking focus and/or self discipline, my seven year old son often gives me little nuggets of wisdom. (He’s one-half old soul, one-half tazmanian devil.) This morning was no exception. In the same minute…

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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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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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