A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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Freak Flag

I had the pleasure of speaking at two state conferences this past week.  2012 HR Florida Conference and Expo and 2012 HR Indiana.  I spoke on three topics: Recruitment, Engagement and HR’s Purpose.  I love all three of these topics and I hope my passion and energy helped carry my message during these sessions.  …

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Holding Out

How often do we refuse our fate under the guise of holding out for the right thing?    There is an old story of a young man in Alaska traveling to Florida.  He’s hitchhiking in freezing temperatures and he’s so cold, he can barely hold his sign.  A friendly trucker comes along and offers the…

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Out With The Old

I had a garage sale today.  I try to have one every year as I accumulate a lot of crap. Anyway, I heard the saying “out with the old, in with the new” multiple times today.  I’ve heard that saying before during previous garage sales…and I’ve always joked and/or thought to myself, “that’s right…I’ll buy…

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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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Red Headed Speed Bump

I don’t like “fast food.”  Occasionally, if the need arises, I’ll go to Subway.  It was my visit yesterday with a patron in Subway that inspired this post.   The line was fairly long and usually when this happens, I slip out of line, head three stores down to SoYo, my FroYo shop, grab coupons,…

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Developing Trust

I received a call the other day from a dear man who needed my help.  He was weary of calling his employer’s Human Resources representative because he had no faith in her ability to 1) listen to him, 2) understand him, and 3) help him.   While I was flattered he trusted me, this made…

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Self Fulfilling Prophecies

“That which we manifest is before us.” Garth Stein   I am thinking about Ben Eubanks.  I met Ben during the SHRM 2012 Conference.  He quickly became one of my favorite “meets” in Atlanta! Ben creates a positive world around him.  He’s not living in a fairytale world…none of us are.  But, unlike many of…

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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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SHRM 2012 Atlanta

I recently traveled to Atlanta for the SHRM National Conference.  As a sole proprietor, I always have a tough decision whether or not to invest the money in such an expensive trip; this year, I am pleased I did.   As I sat on the first leg of my flight home to Alaska and wondered…

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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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