The joy of just noticing

On any given workday, you may be overwhelmed and your mind cluttered – things aren’t processing as you prefer. You might be struggling to prioritize what’s most important to get done. That’s not a bad thing. But when you feel like the weight of a spinning mind is wearing you down, what do you do?  […]

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Friendship Actually

Schedule regular time with real, “actual” friends. The need to always be “on” at work – with the politics, constant scrutiny, and deference from employees and colleagues can cause leaders lose sight of their humanity. Make it a priority to find a place where you can be with those who care about you. Then relax, […]

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Is Kindness a Leadership Competency?

If you had asked me a few years back if I thought kindness was essential to leadership, I may have choked down laughter. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it listed in a list of essential skills for a leader. Perhaps we can value kindness through painfully experiencing its opposite. When I left a large […]

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Leadership in the Balance

From West Michigan Business Review, July 3, 2008Written by Mary Jo Asmus “Entropy,” a term used in physics and chemistry, is a measure of disorder in a system. To decrease entropy and restore order, energy must be drawn from outside a physical or chemical system. Similarly, when a leader is out of balance, she may […]

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