Articles by everyday leaders, just like you.

The Inner Workings of My Mind and Business

Back when I had housemates, I loved to study their habits.  But not in a creepy way.  Do they start the coffee before they jump in the shower or later?  What’s the first thing they do when they get home from work? I am still just as curious, but these days I am the most…
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Vision Boards as part of your strategic planning

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein If you are an organizational leader, chances are you participate in some form of strategic planning to align your work to the larger organizational vision, purpose, and goals so you and your team know how you add value and can feel…
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Failure: The Main Ingredient for Confidence Building

When my seventh-grade summer arrived, I could hardly wait. I was excited to play endless video games, wake up whenever and go to the beach. Turns out my Dad had different plans for me. Upon waking up that day, I was told I would be joining Jr. Life Guards. My response was reasonable, “Dad, I…
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YOUR WORLD IS DIFFERENT NOW I have a unique perspective compared to most of you reading this. I am no longer in the “work-world.” I am 79 and retired. And have had a while to figure out how to “do” retirement well. Although many folks count down the years to retirement with delight, I have…
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The Only Way Out is Through

I put my trekking poles out in front of me to provide support as I lowered my foot onto a steep “trail” of loose rock. My knee crackled as it took on the weight of me and my pack. Scar tissue from six years of playing rugby was arguing with my decision to go backpacking…
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What’s YOUR Gold?

My HYPO2 strength and conditioning coach recently inquired, “What’s YOUR gold?” (HYPO2 provides services for world-class athletes chasing elusive gold medals; more importantly, they support local community members in exploring their potential). While I interact with him in a gym setting, I realized there is no separation between how I determine success in something I…
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The Missed Message of Minimalism

Ancient religion includes many spiritual teachings from times of old. As the years pass, teachings become philosophy. Philosophy informs religion. The social nature of humans means that like-minded individuals will seek out those that are similar. As groups of individuals joined, teachings were reinterpreted. Sometimes teachings were contextually fragmented which resulted in misapplication. Mistranslation of…
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Cupcakes and Rainbows

You read that right; the best advice I have ever heard is from a Troll and is about cupcakes and rainbows.  From the movie “Trolls” ‘Hey, I know it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows, but I’d rather go through life thinking it mostly is instead of being like you.  You don’t sing.  You don’t dance. …
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Dogs don’t say goodbye

There is no other force on the planet with a more robust and comprehensive communications strategy than a dog.   The dog knows what is important to say, how it wants to say it, and how often to say it.  We could benefit from learning some communication lessons from the average dog. While dogs do not…
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Empowering Your Leadership Team

We’ve heard it a thousand times.  “Good leaders don’t micromanage.”  Honestly, most of us have heard these words from our managers.  My obsessive-compulsive tendencies have earned me the appellations of “control freak” and “meddler” and probably some even less flattering terms that weren’t said to my face. But of course, leaders need to be involved…
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