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The Choice Is Yours

Oh, the pressure! What inspirational words should I share as we launch into the new year and reflect on the old? What different approach can I offer to come up with “the list” … and stick to it? What’s important to consider when coming up with resolutions? How do you balance your choices in business…
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The Value of New Stories

Rest assured, this won’t be a lesson in values-based leadership…I like to leave preaching to my Dad (an ordained Lutheran Minister). The fact is, however, values play a role in the many types of leadership that have been touted by experts. This is not a new concept. It flows hand-in-hand with one of the of…
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Set the Stage for Inspired Vision

Saturday is the Winter Solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year. In many indigenous cultures, it was the time to honor the sun as a giver of life – critical to survival of the community, the harvest, the animals and more. Indeed, the sun is critical for life, and it also…
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And The Beat Goes On…

Most of my career has been about leading change; often, it was to fix something that wasn’t working. One of these opportunities – inside a Fortune 10 company – resulted in what I call an “intrapreneurial” venture. It had all of the makings of a start-up without the need for raising funds. (It was fully…
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Quilt with Me…I’ll Quilt with You

Community CoLeadership
I’m not a crafty person. My Mother was – good with crafts, that is. When it came to quilting, there were too many intricacies, I thought, as I watched her thread pieces of fabric together during my childhood. I liked to keep things simple…crafts were not for me. As I grew older, I ported my…
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The Power of “I Declare”

I was struck yesterday with the realization that toddlers have mastered the formula for declaring. Raising their voices, waving their arms, stomping their feet … they declare what they want with all their being. Imagine what we could do if we recaptured that feeling down to our core, and then used it to declare to…
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Looking Conflict in the Eye

I don’t like conflict may not be the words many people say aloud; however, they’re often the words that can drive a variety of behaviors: passive-aggressive actions; gossiping or back-channeling; “polite Southern” quips; hard-nosed attacks; or simply complete avoidance. Of course, none of these behaviors are “healthy”; however, there is a clear difference between the…
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Eggshells, Hot Coals and The Space Between

connection, conflict
I like eggs…for breakfast. I like hot coals…they make beach BBQs a success nearly every time. But I walked on both of them for too many years, figuratively. I won’t go into all the reasons why I either avoided or went head-on into conflict, but I do know that tip-toeing around (“eggshell-walking”) certain people or…
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Fly, Little Birdie, Fly!

Courage Confidence
In the corporate world, having “executive presence” is often cited as a desired coaching engagement outcome. And, while it often includes communication style and strategic thinking components, when asked if they also would like to show up in a grounded yet approachable way, the answer is always a resounding yes! Hmm … sounds like confidence…
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Who’s In Charge?

Leadership effectiveness
Think of all the times you wanted to step up to the plate—or go out on a limb—but didn’t. What held you back? Did you defer to those with greater position or authority? I see this happen often in business. Brilliant leaders who know how to make the right things happen yield their power to…
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