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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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Stay the Course

“Stay the course.” One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, The Patriot. When the movie came out in 2000, my three children were heading straightway into their teen years. Those years were consumed with decision making and so many highs and lows. (We would like to think all this ends when…
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How and Why to Tell Your Story

A few years ago, I participated in a leadership development group and learned a unique way of looking at yourself through storytelling.   The individual behind this concept, Marshall Ganz, is a senior lecturer at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  Dr. Ganz spent his early years as an organizer with the United Farm Workers before…
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Picking Up Your Own Brass: Lessons from the FBI

Picking up your own brass: physically picking up the brass shell casing at the gun range. In other words, being responsible. Not being too “big for your britches.” Doing the grunt work. Willingly pitching in at all levels. So, what does that have anything to do with leadership and you? To begin with, it’s actually…
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Allison’s Top 10 List for Achieving Your Goals

As a Human Resources leader, a question I am often asked is “How did you successfully climb the career ladder?” In thinking about this question and reflecting on my career progression, I developed this David Letterman-style “Top 10 List.” I recently shared this list with a co-worker who approached me for advice and started our…
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