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Head, heart, and stereotypes

head heart and stereotypes

The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-but-loaded ones:  “How did you learn to change yourself?” The women who answered before me outlined impressive and proactive change strategies they’d used to propel themselves to positions of status and influence. One shared how she watched for unacceptable patterns in how she performed » Read More

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone


I was speaking to a colleague last week about some problems he had working with his peers, and his boss for that matter. We talked about the dynamics when he and his teammates worked together. He was getting some feedback that put him in the position of “darned if you do and darned if you » Read More

The Power of the Coffee Cup

Okay, this really isn’t about a coffee cup. It’s a post about customer service and the difference quality customer service can make. You know, the kind of service that stays with you long after you’ve left the store or hung up the phone. The service you find yourself talking about with someone over lunch several » Read More

How Do You Check Your Leadership Intentions?

Leadership Intentions - Check

Intentions are essential. Knowing if our intentions are showing up in the right way is challenging, less so if we take the time to define them and then really lead in this defined manner. Even then, intention is only a third of the formula. Leadership intentions, along with core beliefs and positive, growth-oriented actions, enable » Read More

How Should Schools Deal with Academic Dishonesty?


I want to ask you a question about educational policy.   A colleague shared this blog post by Dr. Justin Tarte of the Union R-XI school district. The post describes the district’s policy for handling academic dishonesty including cheating and plagiarism. The High School policy, as described in the student handbook (pp. 35-36) is to treat the » Read More

The Day I Got Schooled on Respect. Again.

Confident Professor at Blackboard

Apparently the number of lessons to learn about respect is limitless.  See example below. Recently I was invited to a workshop I was not interested in.  An acquaintance sent me a personal note inviting me.  She also mentioned a project we had worked on together.  I felt compelled to respond, to relive old times about » Read More

Be a Pioneer: Five Power Tips For Moving Onward


“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist.” -Unknown   Somewhere around the junior high school years, our U.S. history classes cover the compelling stories of trailblazing people venturing west—crossing the plains ISO (In Search Of) new country and treasures. As I remember studying those » Read More

Is Hope A Leadership Trait?


  We like to hear of lessons in leadership, and look for relevant examples in all mediums. Whether reading articles, books or watching movies, there is always a leadership tip we can gain, whether from good or bad displays. An example of this is one of my favorite movies – Apollo 13. One of the » Read More

Why Nobody Wants To Be A Hero


Last weekend I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, in my mind a silly action/adventure film starring some second tier comic book characters.  I expected to be amused and entertained and I was.   The characters in the film were heroes in that they did, reluctantly, save the universe.  They were also conniving, sarcastic, opportunistic, » Read More

An Unconventional Way to Safeguard Employee Motivation

Adventurer is stealing treasure chest

Create an environment that inspires motivation and engagement through empathy. You can make sure your people are using their natural strengths. You can focus on job fit and culture fit.   Is that all there is to ensure motivated employees? When I think of supporting employee motivation, my thoughts go a slightly different direction. What if » Read More

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