A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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Don’t Take It Personally?

“The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work.” Richard Eyre I’ve been dating for two years. I’ve become a bit of a “3 date wonder” – meaning I rarely end up having more than three dates. There have been a few exceptions but even those dating relationships don’t last more than a month or…

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Honestly, we can do better.

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” William Shakespeare I was listening to the radio this morning as I took my son to school; they were in the middle of those silly quizzes/survey questions and accepting calls from listeners. I have no idea what the question was but the callers kept guessing, “is it stealing?” During…

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A Soap Box Moment – is it reasonable?

“Sometimes, it takes being pissed to get you over a hump.” That’s not an eloquent saying, I know, but nonetheless, it holds true today. I’ve had writer’s block for awhile…I have managed to squeak out a post here and there but it’s been difficult…I just haven’t felt overly inspired. But today, I read something that pissed me…

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HR Carnival – How Would I Make HR Better?

This post is part of the HR Carnival, a compilation of HR Blogs hosted this month by Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, SPHR.  Steve is, quite possibly, the coolest HR professional you’ll ever meet and he’s kicking off the HR Carnival on Jan. 15.  Check out his site, Everyday People, on Wednesday to see other blogs following the…

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Acceptance

“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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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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