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Flourishing in Life

While clearing the clutter in my office, I came across a piece of paper with the word flourish written across it. Underneath were the words “to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally and to translate this growth into action, habit, and purpose.” It stopped me dead in my tracks. I’m a great believer in lessons appearing…
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Life = Legacy

There have been several celebrations in my family this past week:  great-niece Charlotte turned one year old; sister-in-law Janet and brother-in-law Brian turned a few years more than Charlotte; and about 150 people are gathering in Wisconsin to celebrate the life of Marian Croak, who lived 96 vibrant years. As a mother of eight, grandmother…
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Acknowledging the Overwhelm

A different kind of overwhelm seems to be setting in for some right now with work. Requests from customers to meet in-person again, having to show up in the office full bore, added traffic doubling some commute times…you name it. If you are feeling extra exhausted lately, you are not alone. The mental toll from…
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Hit <PAUSE>

Talking to peers and co-workers, it seems most of us are experiencing a mixture of relief and fear when we look forward to what’s next. That’s natural. And, there’s a lot to be learned if we take the opportunity to hit <PAUSE> and examine our thoughts around what’s been happening and what is possible. In…
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Word Fillers Dilute Your Message

It’s always a joy when I work with great leaders who want to become brilliant ones. There isn’t a definitive list of what defines great vs. brilliant because the delta is unique for each person. That said, there are foundational characteristics of great leaders which we outline in The LAITHOS Way™. For example, great leaders:…
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Leadership Lessons from Dog Training

Have you ever been told NOT to do something, and that made you want to do it even more? There is a reason for that: Where you focus your attention is also where you maintain attention. Telling someone NOT to do something literally engages their mind towards the very thing you don’t want them to…
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Expanding Your Influence

How do you expand your influence in today’s climate? It seems everywhere we turn we are confronted with contradictory information and opinions set in stone. We can even have a few of our own. It’s a challenge to feel connected as we tiptoe around potentially volatile subjects. And, if we aren’t connected, we have little…
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Video Conferencing – Too Much of a Good Thing?

Nobody would have predicted that in less than a year, a certain video conferencing company’s stock would grow about 400% or that its name would evolve into a global, generic verb …“Zoom” is akin to how “Kleenex” is used when people refer to any type of facial tissue. While the pandemic is nothing I want…
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Leadership Impact Starts on the “Inside”

It’s a special day at LAITHOS: We three, as Co-Founders, incorporated our business three years ago on April 20th. Three is my favorite number, so I am taking this opportunity to celebrate what we stand for: creating leadership impact. Our journey began five years ago with a single, little idea and has blossomed into a…
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What’s Next?

I was walking my new rescue dog, Maggie, this morning when I ran into a new neighbor walking his dog. He commented on how much he was looking forward to things returning to “normal”. While I agreed that I was anticipating the day we would be meeting each other face to face again, I didn’t…
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