A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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What’s Your Legacy?

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Benjamin Franklin   I have a new friend, Michael Wagner.  Michael is the CEO of White Rabbit Group and he’s a delight.  He’s intelligent, insightful, and darn fun to talk to.  I met…

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Employee Engagement, Part Two

My posts this month all center around employee engagement as, like many of you, this has been on my mind. I’ve developed/presented classes on engagement for years and have coached many leaders on how they can increase employee engagement, which we all know is directly related to discretionary performance.  I’m confident the activities I have/will suggest…

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Employee Engagement, Part One

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup   Last week, I wrote about employee engagement – and I suggested that “engagement” had become a hot potato that neither Human Resources or Leadership was willing to grab. I offered easy ways to grab the potato……

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Hot Potato, Hot Potato

Employee Engagement Two words Managers know they want but don’t know how to get. Two words HR loves to say but doesn’t know how to get. The potato that no one wants (or knows how) to catch. Except me…I intercept that spud every chance I get.    It is not Rocket Science. First, NEVER forget…

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Wanted

I’m not afraid to admit it…I like country music.  I don’t like “classic” country unless it involves a bit of bluegrass…but I do like “today’s” country and find myself listening to it in the car, at my FroYo shoppe, while I clean the house, etc.   A few months ago, I heard for the first…

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Insights From The Baseball Field

I had the pleasure of watching the Little League Majors games for the Alaska State Championship this past week.  My nephews team, the Juneau Majors, were playing and, as a good aunt would, I attended every game! As I sat and watched the games, I thought how nice it would be if the things I…

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The “Give a Damn” Factor

June was “leadership month” for this blog and as I considered what the last post would be, I wondered, “what makes or breaks a good leader?” So many of us write of leadership, read about leadership, study leadership – there are lessons to be learned and shared everywhere.  But is there one thing…one characteristic or…

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Leadership GOOOOAAAALLLL!

I am the mother of a gazillion teenage girls. Ok, I exaggerate.   I have one daughter, Carolyn, but she comes with friends; specifically, she comes with an entire soccer team.   During tournament weekends, all of these young women stay with me.  I facilitate team building sessions throughout the weekend – girls work together,…

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