A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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Insights

  I’m in Las Vegas. It’s July.   What on earth would convince me to go to Las Vegas in the middle of July? It’s surface of the sun hot, there is a gazillion other sporting events and conferences going on this week so it is crazy busy, and did I mention that it’s hot, very…

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But, Sir!

Speaking truth to power is perhaps the oldest and, certainly, one of the most difficult of ethical challenges because to do so entails personal danger. James O’ Toole   I had the pleasure of spending the whole day with my mentor a couple of weeks ago; I consider myself truly blessed because he comes up…

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Show Me The Money!

  I had the pleasure of attending a Mega Session called “Show Me The Money” in Orlando during the National SHRM 2014 conference.  The presenter was LaFern Batie of The Batie Group. Ms. Batie challenged the participants with what many have been encouraging HR professionals to do for years…understand the finances of the business! In a nutshell, Ms. Batie…

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I Love Not Working Well For You

I attended the SHRM National Conference in Orlando recently and went to quite a few concurrent sessions that got me thinking. One session was about money…how an organization makes it, wastes it or loses it…and, of course, what Human Resource professionals should be doing about all of them to ensure organizational success. The presenter talked about…

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Would You Bet on You?

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.” David Mamet   I am reading a book on the game of poker.  I don’t play poker, nor do I care to learn how to play poker,…

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Pathetic Dog, Lesson in Empathy

Our minds will look ahead when fear is left behind.   My ex-husband, Steve, and I share joint-custody of our 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Lucy.  Steve, technically, has full custody but I agree to watch her when he travels, which he happens to be doing this week. As you can see, Lucy is less…

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Common Ground

“Each common interest between people boosts the chances of a lasting relationship and also brings about a 2% increase in life satisfaction.” Gretchen Rubin   Similarities, Commonalities, Likeness, Sameness, Common Ground That’s what you need to bridge the gap between any two individuals. If you look closely, you can see the bridge being built. Last…

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Come on Baby, Light My Fire

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”  Plutarch I have the pleasure of developing and facilitating a mentoring workshop for a client this week.  The fun thing about this particular event is I’m not just telling them about how a mentorship program can work, what the benefits…

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