A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you


Open Fire

Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 74th birthday. Nearly every year, I post something to honor her, whether it be here on the blog or via another medium. I woke up today thinking of my dear mother. Lots of things crossed my sleepy mind such as her rules and values, her disappointments and dreams, and her fear…

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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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It’s not the Action, it’s the Reaction

“It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them.” I heard that the other day but didn’t give it much thought at the time. However, it kept coming back to me. It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them. That’s…

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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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“If I am sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?” Jose Saramago Regrets They are ravenous. They are constant nags in the back of your head and the pit of your heart. They are thieves of both slumber and joy. Regrets I suppose I shouldn’t shun regrets totally from my life…they are proof…

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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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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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The true measure of life is not length, but honesty. John Lyly   I have, for over eight years, participated in what is known as “perpetual adoration” for my church.  I, along with many others for every hour of every day, “sit with God” for our assigned hour in the adoration chapel. Most people “pray”…

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