CAPTAIN LEADERSHIP: Superhuman & Invincible!

This picture of my grandson triggered thoughts of how we sometimes view leaders – as superheroes with superhuman abilities. I am a leader. I have studied leadership, served leaders, been served by leaders. I have collaborated with leaders. I have hierarchically reported to leaders, been a leader with direct reports. I have coached, and been […]

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Life is short. Have Discussions.

It’s the weekend! You made it. You’ve worked hard, participated in multiple meetings and phone calls, achieved goals, completed projects, had a few stressful interactions, and ready to exhale and prepare for next week. WAIT…Life is short. Have discussions. Intentional discussions. With a family member, friend, or other individual you’ve been “meaning to call” in […]

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Sadness in the silence…

Tragedy has reared its ugly head once again in these United States of America. El Paso, Texas. Dayton, Ohio. Monday comes, and everyone returns to their regularly scheduled program, attending scheduled meetings, working toward important deadlines, re-focusing on critical success factors, initiatives and projects. The exchanges between people of, “did you hear”?; “so sad”; “I […]

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Seek Your Best Life

The search for the right opportunity, after experiencing a misaligned opportunity, can be daunting, but also an exciting season. After 25+ years of a progressive and fruitful HR career, I find myself seeking with patient ambition.  This is not a season of ‘find a job’; this is a season of finding my next best life, […]

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Never Sacrifice Your Identity to Identify

Know Thy Value and Bring It! I believe in the power of situational leadership – understanding which leadership styles to leverage based on the needs of individuals with whom you interact.  At the same time, I believe that if you are spending 75% of your day conforming to a version of yourself to identify with […]

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Caution: be careful not to become too organizational culture-centric

Many organizations are constantly seeking to sustain culture, align people with culture, fit people within a defined culture, and maintain rigid practices and procedures to cement the culture. Considering present and future changes in our workplaces – demographics, technology, privacy (and many other) laws, working conditions, global expansion, mergers & acquisitions, the competitive talent landscape, […]

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How does “coaching” make you feel?

COACHING SHOULD IGNITE MOTIVATION During my 30+ year career in human resources, I’ve attended workshops on coaching, led training for organizations to help leaders become better coaches, read literature about coaching, and engaged in various discussions about the importance of coaching. However, from the perspective of the coached, I’m not sure we always get this […]

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