Why Relationships Matter

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In my leadership courses, workshops, and coaching, I require people to read the “Corner Office” by Adam Bryant in the Sunday New York Times.  Bryant interviews CEOs and other senior leaders and I always learn something new or it reinforces something I believe and advocate. I also am an avid reader of every word of the New York Times Style Section on Sundays.  While …

The Power of Presence

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For the past few weeks, I have been sharing my thoughts about the growing “disease” of social isolation and how important it is for leaders to build community.  I shared research by Sheryl Turkle who has written two books and a TED talk on how technology is harming our ability to have conversations.  Turkle says we need to work at …

One of My Favorite Podcast Series

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During the holidays, our family went on a road trip out west to ski.  One of my sons introduced me to a great podcast series on NPR titled:  How I Built This.  This is an interview series with innovators and entrepreneurs such as the founders of Patagonia and Clif bar.  The driving went quickly because we were able to listen …

Be Aware of the Blues

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It seems as if the holiday season comes sooner all of the time with retailers decorating and playing music and all the advertisements involved. The season is full of traditions, rituals, and festivities that set expectations high for both religious and secular activities. The tone is set by the music that is often continuously played during the season: “Tis the …

Why Gender Equity is Important to Everyone

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear Anne-Marie Slaughter speak in Des Moines at the IWLC Conference.  She is the author of Unfinished Business:  Women Men Work Family which followed her article in the Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (July/August 2012).  This is the most popular article ever published in the magazine. After reading …