Tell Me: What Will You Miss?

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One person I follow is Courtney Martin. She had a post asking her followers to share what they will miss when the pandemic is over. We are hearing a lot about looking for the silver linings during this time. Martin shared this: There is a poll that showed that only 9% of Britons want life to return to “normal,” after sheltering-in: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

What does it mean to be a good neighbor in these uncertain times?

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We are living and working in unprecedented times.  Organizations and the leaders in them are having to react quickly and communicate clearly in order to protect people while still sustaining the organization.  This is the time for communities to come together and support one another.   I have written fairly extensively about the value of community and how leaders need to …

The 5 Hows to Happiness

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In a previous post, I shared the key to happiness based on research and the book by Sonja Lyubomirsky titled The How of Happiness. The key to happiness is what she calls “The 40 percent Solution” defined as “40 percent is that part of our happiness that is in our power to change through how we act and how we think, that …