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Leadership and Life – Walking the Fine Lines

Travel around the sun a few times and you learn things. If I’ve learned anything traveling my journey around the sun (I’ve done it 65 times), I see people all around who trip on the fine lines. What do I mean? I am talking about those oh so subtle differences […]

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The Unsung Role of Leadership

It is time to dedicate some blog space to a segment of my audience that gets little direct attention. I am talking about the females who serve in leadership roles. I always write with an open mind about the topics I share, and I seldom differentiate between male or female. […]

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If Serving is Beneath You, Leadership is Beyond You

What a quote! “If serving is beneath you, leadership is beyond you.” If you ever struggle with being willing to serve a greater good and another human being, you should reconsider any desire you have to become a manager or a leader. Being in a position of authority has a great […]

Hey Guys – Stop Chasing Your Tail !!!!!!!

Ever watch a cat or dog chase their tail? To be sure, it is quite humorous. The real question is when was the last time someone watched you chasing your tail? As I reflect on various chapters of my life I know I was chasing my tail. I also hear […]

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The Surf is Up Before the Tsunami v2.0

  There is an old Beach Boys song with this lyric. “The surf is up before the tsunami.” It makes me think of a phenomenon I have seen time and again in business. After almost 20 years in commercial banking, I saw a lot of highs and lows with my […]

Here’s a Powerful Formula for GREAT Success

In the fast-paced world of business, it’s easy to lose sight of your most valuable principles. Even the best of leaders get overwhelmed with progress happening at what seems like the speed of light. As I visit with leaders at all levels, I find a need to return to a […]

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Leaders: Feeling Isolated? Maybe You Dug the Moat

When I hear executives or entrepreneurs say they feel isolated, like standing on an island, I often ask how did you get there? Sometimes you may be the one who dug the moat providing the divide between you and everyone else. A Story I know a very successful executive who […]

How to Be a Good Coaching Client

Executive coaching is growing in popularity. Former stigmas associated with having a coach are evaporating. There once was a time when Boards only hired coaches to “fix” someone. Now, very successful executives are hiring coaches to grow even further than before. Companies are embracing coaching as ways to leverage their […]

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Leaders: There’s a New Way to Understand Change

At a recent luncheon, I was involved in a discussion that I find becoming more common. The topic was this: Change Management is old news. The argument says the way we once understood change management has been overcome by several new and more complex drivers in business. Here are some […]

Are We Being Big Data Stupid?

The biggest buzzword in Human Resources these days seems to be “Big Data”—the idea that we can now gather so much complex information about our workforce processes and can churn that data into a meaningful analysis that will help us better manage our business. Like our federal government, however, we […]