A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Big Things in Small Packages

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Anyone who has travelled via air a bit could…

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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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It Is Possible

  Today is September 11, 2014. It’s been 13 years since our nation awoke to terror. Facebook today is filled with people sharing their memories of that day, and I have enjoyed reading these stories as each perspective, each insight and take-away is endearing, educational, motivational or all of the above. I thought I’d share my…

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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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3rd Day Insights

The 3rd and final day of Ceridian‘s User Conference, Insights 2014, has come to an end. I came to this conference wanting to learn more about Dayforce HCM, Ceridian’s single platform SAAS application. Honestly, I was overwhelmed just thinking about “what I was in for” – I haven’t worked in HRIS (aka DATA) in years…

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Day 2 Insights

I’ve had the pleasure of attending multiple sessions at Ceridian’s User Conference, Insights 2014. Wowza, so many modules, so little time.   I haven’t begun to scratch the surface of what Ceridian‘s Dayforce HCM can do for an organization but so far, I can confidently say this: if you aren’t using a SAAS HCM application…

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Half Day Insights

Ceridian Insights kicked off today and I’ve made it a point of talking with its customers today to get “the inside scoop” into this organization. Here are my key takeaways: 1) Ceridian has come a long way. From simple payroll applications to leading edge SAAS in just a few years, Ceridian is the one to…

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