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Deborah is Principal and Founder of the DPJ Training Group, which specializes in client result focused seminars on leadership, 360 assessment, diversity and communications for public and private sector audiences. She's also authored 2 books, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey, and Life is A Review: Observations and Collections of My Passages Through the Times, released in June 2012. You can connect with her on her Member Profile, Amazon page, website, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Becoming A Resourceful Leader: The Strong Do Survive

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“This country can ill afford to continue to function using less than half of its human resources, brain power, and kinetic energy.” ~ Barbara Jordan, Late Texas Congresswoman              Teams connect.             Communities share.             The tribe protects.     » Read More

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Sharpen and Supplement: Your Stock of Generational Leadership Power Tools

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It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela  I consider my late maternal grandparents Joseph and Pearl Parker, of whom I was raised in their rural Virginia home, generational leaders and role models. From managing the many feats involved in cultivating our family’s garden, tending to the rest of the territory, raising children and » Read More

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A Veteran Leader’s Roll Call – Courage, Duty, and Roles

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Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.    General Robert E. Lee           Taking on the tough nature of a task with fervor and dedication, one such as leadership, along with the roles and responsibilities that come with it, ranks as » Read More

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Act Now! 3 Leadership Lessons on Handling Life’s Emergencies

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“Act today only, tomorrow is too late.”–English proverb The world was gripped to this story. I know I was. On August 5, 2010, 33 Chilean miners were laboring in a gold mine one-half mile below the harsh Atacama Desert. Boom! There was an explosion – tons of rocks and dirt collapsed on their space inside » Read More

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RECOVER! The Will to Get Up, Stand Strong and Move Onward

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“Recovery begins from the darkest moment.” Sir John Major Life can hand us measureable shares of obstacles, exhaustive moments and setbacks. I’ve learned (in hindsight) to appreciate a few of them, for at times these discomforts have become the launching platform for testing my ability to RECOVER. One of my most meaningful exhaustive moments came » Read More

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Staying Motivated: How to Prime Your Pump

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“Let him that would move the world, first move himself.” —  Socrates “Rev it up!” “ I’m pumped!”  “Shake it loose!” Where does this type of energy come from? In the rural section of Waverly, Virginia, where I grew up, there was no running water in the homes. Instead we had a community well with » Read More

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Are You On Mission? Have a Leadership Creed

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Duty, honor, country… Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. General » Read More

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The Ocean Teaches: 5 Lessons From My Hawaiian Vacation

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“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”– John F. Kennedy I was blessed with a last-minute vacation to Maui for my student of life spring break. Over the Easter weekend my body » Read More

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Becoming A Decisive Leader – Lessons from Playing in the Ditch

“Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.” –Aristotle This quote is timely and true. For most of us the best and worst of our professional and personal lives have probably been hitched to our right decisions and defining failures. I’ve gleaned insight on both situations from one of my favorite childhood » Read More

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Who Can Teach You How to Lead: Lessons from Life’s “Old Soldiers”

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Biography: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified. Jose Ortega Y Gasset, Spanish Philosopher Leaders are constantly watched by their followers, to see how they respond and interact. Especially when it comes to making decisions, dealing with a crisis, or navigating challenging relationships. We want to learn from their experience, » Read More

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