What it really means to be a strong leader

  For many, a “strong leader” may equate to tough, forceful, and powerful. Although there are situations that call for this kind of leadership, there are a select (and few) times when these qualities are necessary. Strong leaders are needed in our world and our organizations, and their strengths should shine through in the way […]

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Pull closer to people

Like so many, I woke up on the morning of November 9 anxious to hear the final results of the election. I spent the day in a fog of confusion and a whole lot of other emotions that prevented a productive work day. My husband, adult daughters and their partners were similarly working through their […]

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Your discomfort is whispering to you

With the scariest of holiday seasons behind us, it’s time to talk about fear. Not the running-away-screaming variety, but the smaller, uncomfortable kind that you may avoid in our workplace like: Having difficult conversations Giving honest feedback Asking for feedback Speaking truth to power Making a sincere apology Being honest about your vulnerabilities These are […]

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Calm the rising tide of impatience

Are you one of those leaders who moves quickly and deliberately while getting impatient that others (your direct reports, peers, or other stakeholders) aren’t matching your stride? They can see your impatience, whether you realize it or not. Your behavior is giving you away in these ways: You are “short” when communicating: you may not […]

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Being present may be enough

I’ve been roaming our property daily since early June looking for natural things that are small, beautiful, and great subjects for camera close ups and macro shots. It’s been a profound experience in learning to be present as I look for flowers, insects, and fungi. With my camera in hand, I see all kinds of […]

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