A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

The Dating Game & Selection Processes

My mom didn’t let me watch a lot of TV when I was younger and she certainly drew the line at anything “risque.”  The popular game show, The Dating Game, was among the many shows that were “off limits”!   However, my friend’s mom had no such reservations!  That being said, one would often find…

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Password & Leadership

A Guest Post from Buzz Rooney   Growing up in New Jersey, I spent my days with my grandmother while my parents went to work. It was there I developed my love for soap operas, talk shows and game shows. One of my favorites was “Password” on NBC hosted at the time by Burt Convy….

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Minute To Win It & Leadership

A Guest Post from Kalani Parnell   Although my television viewing fluctuates between the discovery channel and the cartoon channel, from time to time I have found myself immersed in a game show called “Minute to Win it” (MTWI). For those of you who aren’t yet fans, in this game show partners compete through 10…

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Power and Influence

A dear friend of mine, Kalani, recently traveled to the Philippines and spent a day carving with a man named Ernesto and his apprentices.  After a day spent swapping stories and emerging himself in a craft he loves, he bought me a carving from Ernesto’s shop.  For those of you who may not recognize it,…

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Excess Baggage

“We cannot hold on to things and enter.”  Mark Nepo   I carry a bit of baggage.  Ok, to be honest, I carry a ton of it.  However, today a friend gently reminded me that perhaps I should leave my baggage behind so I can move freely forward. Baggage – it comes in many forms. …

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The Risk to Blossom

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  Anais Nin   I am working with my daughter, Carolyn, tonight.  While I’m sure she’d rather work with another, perhaps “cooler” teammate, she’s stuck with her mom!   I am blessed to…

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A City Divided

I have an ego, I have a temper, I am emotional and I often over-react.  I talk too much, I listen too little, I’m a bit selfish and I struggle with forgiveness.  However, I am trying to be a decent human, a great HR professional and a thoughtful leader.   I have wrestled with writing…

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Onboarding

I recently traveled to San Diego for the ERE Expo; I presented a pre-conference workshop and was afforded the opportunity to attend the full conference (thanks to ERE for both!).   I’ve traveled alot for work but this was the first time attending a conference alone; I’m typically with or meeting someone upon arrival.  …

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Courage

My son, Andrew, is five years old and up until eight days ago, he didn’t know how to swim.  For Alaskans, this is problematic.  We are never far from a lake, a river, a stream or the ocean and having a child who doesn’t know how to swim is dangerous.   For some reason, my…

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All You Need is Love, part one.

Nowadays, if your tank’s empty, you’re fixin’ to spend over $50 to fill the darn thing up. But an empty tank means something different to Gary Chapman.  He’s the author of numerous books but my favorite is his first book, The Five Love Languages.  (Chapman, Gary. (1992). The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt…

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