A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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Managing Grief in the Workplace

Grief bombarded into my home this weekend when my daughter learned that her friend had taken her own life. Accompanying the sadness, confusion and torment that my daughter felt was a flood of my own memories, equally as torturous and dismal. Carolyn and I worked through the weekend much like my own mother and I…

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Commitments

As I peek around the corner to 2013, I ponder 2012’s “resolutions.”   I met some and I even exceeded some, but I also failed miserably at some.  This post will serve to communicate my thoughts on why I failed and will also serve as testament of my commitment to improve.   The word, “resolution”…

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Mover of Things

A Post Inspired by a Not So Biker Dude   When I hung out my shingle many years ago, I found myself working from client to client, project to project, without any real sense of accomplishment other than getting the work done and keeping the bills paid.  For many, this would be enough, but I…

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That Which Doesn’t Suit Us

Years ago, I bought a suit. The cut was classic. The color would go with anything! The price was right. And, more importantly, it fit!   The only thing wrong with the suit was that it didn’t look good on me.  I don’t know why…it just didn’t.   But I bought it anyway. Like most…

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Happiness

A Guest Post from Kalani Parnell (This post is long but well worth the read.  It is an excerpt from an email Kalani sent me earlier this year.  While I have edited it slightly to fit this blog, I have tried not to remove any of the context as I fear it would take away…

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Wanted

I’m not afraid to admit it…I like country music.  I don’t like “classic” country unless it involves a bit of bluegrass…but I do like “today’s” country and find myself listening to it in the car, at my FroYo shoppe, while I clean the house, etc.   A few months ago, I heard for the first…

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Red Headed Speed Bump

I don’t like “fast food.”  Occasionally, if the need arises, I’ll go to Subway.  It was my visit yesterday with a patron in Subway that inspired this post.   The line was fairly long and usually when this happens, I slip out of line, head three stores down to SoYo, my FroYo shop, grab coupons,…

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Self Fulfilling Prophecies

“That which we manifest is before us.” Garth Stein   I am thinking about Ben Eubanks.  I met Ben during the SHRM 2012 Conference.  He quickly became one of my favorite “meets” in Atlanta! Ben creates a positive world around him.  He’s not living in a fairytale world…none of us are.  But, unlike many of…

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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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Leadership GOOOOAAAALLLL!

I am the mother of a gazillion teenage girls. Ok, I exaggerate.   I have one daughter, Carolyn, but she comes with friends; specifically, she comes with an entire soccer team.   During tournament weekends, all of these young women stay with me.  I facilitate team building sessions throughout the weekend – girls work together,…

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