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Category Archives: Self Leadership

Articles related to self-leadership, the first prerequisite for character-based leadership.

Can You Take a Vacation from Leading?

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I am in the midst of my annual “working” vacation. For the past six summers, I’ve brought my daughters to visit my parents for a week or longer, with the understanding that I’ll work while we’re away. In the early years, balancing work with vacation on these trips happened easily. I spent time writing at » Read More

8 tips for effective employee praise

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If praising employees does not come naturally to you, here are a few tips for crafting words to motivate your team…

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Emotional Intelligence: Ten Things You May Not Know

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Regardless of the situation, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is critical. Managing one’s own emotions as well as adequately and appropriately responding to the emotions of those around us is vital to solid leadership. How is your knowledge of Emotional Intelligence? Read ten interesting facts about Emotional Intelligence here…

Leading From the Middle

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Traditional leadership paradigms are pretty “top down,” but as modern leadership gurus help us see that such hierarchical decision-making structures are reaching their limits, it’s time to start exploring ways that employees can lead from the middle.   Conveniently for those who want to rise in the organization, “leading from the middle” is also an » Read More

Are You Separating, Assimilating or Leading Change?

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I recently shared a blog post about a Social Media dialog that took place with my expat neighbors and friends on the other side of the world. That dialog crossed cultures and religions, and focused on freedom and respect and fueled a growing dream.   As that dialog has continued with my neighbor, she asked » Read More

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Raising Kids or Raising Parents?

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In honor of Father’s Day coming up, I thought I would share a little bit about my experience as a father. The three most important things I have learned are:   “If you want your relationship with your kids to works always make sure that: They experience unconditional love, There is mutual respect in the » Read More

Are Sacrifices a Part of Leadership?

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Leadership and Sacrifices

Many tough decisions need to be made every day. In hospitals and clinics, life-impacting decisions are made. On battlefields, just think of the decisions made and the ultimate sacrifices they may bring. Compared to sterile workplaces, the type of decisions and corresponding sacrifices pale in comparison. Yet, sacrifices happen every day and in every place. » Read More

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The Secret to Success- Surprising Advice from Maya Angelou

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Mayo Angelou was more than a poet, more than a teacher or an author.  Her insights on life, love and facing the challenges in life qualify her as oracle in her time.  When we consider the great thinkers of the past, we often hear lofty challenges to self-sacrifice and reckless abandon.  Their calls to action » Read More

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Daring Millennial Leader: Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky

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In Jon Mertz’s chat with Adam Poswolsky, readers are introduced to the difference between simply work to pay the bills and meaningful work. Poswolsky encourages us to leap to find new purpose and skills, and to focus on maximizing our personal impact instead of our personal paycheck. Read more…

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Accepting Change

Change. It is inevitable. Most people don’t deal with change very well. Others embrace it.  But regardless of which camp you fall into, the fact is not only does it happen, but it can be good. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”  Read more…

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