Leadership Development is Personal Development

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One of the statements I often make is: “Organizations only grow and improve when people grow and improve.  So to become a better leader, work on becoming a better person.” Since self-awareness is empowering, leadership development starts with understanding the self.  There is not a better time than now –during these uncertain and stressful times–to examine ourselves and how we …

Join me for a FREE Conversation THIS THURSDAY!

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In case you are stuck at home and looking for something to do … I invite you to join me for a FREE Happy Learning Hour with Ashton Applewhite on April 23 at 6pm Central Time. We’ll talk about the role of ageism in the current health crisis, and much more. Ashton is the author of This Chair Rocks and a TED speaker. You don’t want to miss our …

Why Vulnerability is a Leadership Strength

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One of the chapters in my book, Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts, was titled “Vulnerability is a Strength.”  But when the manuscript came back from the editor it was titled:  “Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion.”  Since the book is written for an audience of men and women, the editor was concerned that vulnerability would not resonate …

Becoming a Sage: Ashton Applewhite

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann. This week’s episode features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Ashton Applewhite.   An internationally recognized expert on ageism, Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, published this March by Celadon Books. She speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and is a …

Remembering John Prine … Hello

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Ya’ know that old trees just grow stronger And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day Old people just grow lonesome Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello” ……………. So if you’re walking down the street sometime And spot some hollow ancient eyes Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare As if you didn’t care, say, “Hello in …

Now is the Time to Drop Your Tools!

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It is tough to make change of any kind.  We are creatures of habit and we have our routines both personally and professionally.  We have been taught to respond in predictable and rational ways.  But we are living and working in unprecedented times.  It is time to “drop our tools.”  In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; In …

How Achievable is the “American Dream”?

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Are you living the “American Dream?”  If so, what does that mean to you?  How achievable is the Dream for most people?  Read this post to learn more. The documentary American Factory was nominated for an Oscar in 2020.  Even though it did not win, it is a winner.  I highly recommend watching it on Netflix.  And it is especially interesting …

What They Don’t Teach You In Business School

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In a time we are living and working in a world of Covid 19 and fear is high–very high, leaders at all levels are struggling with what to do and how to do it.  Business schools do not focus on how to gracefully layoff people or deal with shutdowns.  This post will share effective ways to make tough decisions. A …

Leaders: “Now is the Time for the Soft Stuff.”

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This post is written for anyone who wants to be more effective in influencing others–regardless of position, company, or industry. I have blogged about what it means to be a good neighbor and how leaders need to build community (Leaders Build Community Training.) Now is the time to do both and to remember we are all connected.  It is also …