A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Speak Outside of the Lines

It’s not what you tell them…it’s what they hear. Red Auerbach   I had the pleasure of working with a client recently who had a workforce of about 900. My job was to train them all on various topics over the course of the four day window. Easy peasy!  Load me up, fill the room…

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Lessons Learned from Family Night

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy   My 7 year old son is fascinated my marine life.  He constantly talks about being a marine “researcher” so he can learn all about the many animals in the sea and, of course, discover new ones so he can be famous. Yesterday was…

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You’re Not That Great or Important

I got a call the other day…a desperate one at that…to help resolve a touchy employee relations problem. The problem at hand involved nearly twenty professionals.  I use the word “professionals” loosely as they demonstrated anything but professionalism. Name calling, back stabbing, hostility, aggressiveness…you name it, they offered it.   How does a team get this…

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SCARF – it’s comforting

You can’t build a great house on a weak foundation. My mother, Carol Strider   I had the pleasure of teaching a class the other day on leadership and employee engagement. My primary objective of this particular course was to help participants identify some pragmatic ideas to not only engage an otherwise “positive” workforce but to…

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Riding the Bus

My little guy, Andrew, loves to ride the bus.  He’s in 1st grade this year and so far, discovering Pokeman cards and riding the bus are his two favorite things about school.   I was sending a quick email to my dear friend Lisa Rosendahl this morning and realized that Andrew’s love for riding the…

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Difficult Conversations

For the past several months, I have been presenting what my client is calling “leadership roundtable” courses.  Each month, they identify a relevant topic and ask me to develop content accordingly.  I then present it, facilitate active discussion around the topic, and then wrap it all up in a neat little bow. Today’s topic was…

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Decisions, Decisions

I went into the store the other day to get a battery and in my quest to find them, I stumbled across Halloween Candy. Halloween Candy…tons of it…in late August!  Good grief. I love candy corn as much as the next gal but for me, it’s always too early for Halloween. Where I live, Halloween…

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Waste Removal

Why adverb  1. for what reason or purpose.  2. (with reference to a reason) on account of which; for which. noun  1. a reason or explanation.   I had dinner the other night with someone I consider one of the smartest men I know. During this dinner, he told me about some pretty significant events in his life…

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A Little Bit of Pushing Is Good

I gave a presentation yesterday on employee engagement.  In my spiel, I talk a little about what the data says, a little about how a company can go about defining the ambiguous term, and a lot about what supervisors can do to help get more of the elusive “engagement” from their employees.   I typically…

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Where’s Your Bar? Professionalism

“Professionalism is like love: it is made up of the constant flow of little bits of proof that testify to devotion and care. Everything else is pretension or incompetence.”  Tomislav Sola   I taught a class last week on discrimination and harassment prevention; my content covers topics such as legislation, complaint processes, definitions/thresholds for legal…

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