Cindy Masingill

Thought for the Week

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The New Driven Leader

Driven. “Relentlessly compelled by the need to accomplish a goal; very hard-working and ambitious.” Most of the leaders we work with are driven, and that drive brings fulfillment to our mission – that drive, if you will, drives us. Driven leaders are clear about outcomes; they are bold at facing development gaps (most of the…

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Inner Inspiration

A podcast, an article, and a book: Finding inner inspiration out there In the recent weeks of quarantine living and Zoom working, I’ve realized how much inspiration can be found in our quiet moments of self-care – those activities in which we engage to both relax and re-energize. Those activities, for me, typically include listening…

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Frustrated!

Along with the flu, colds, and the coronavirus, something else is going around: frustration. Business leaders are dealing with their own frustrations and the frustrations of the people they are leading, and some days, this can feel overwhelming. People are often frustrated with colleagues not meeting deadlines, bosses tolerating underperformers, customers taking advantage, co-workers talking…

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The Four Bs to Success

This is the time of year, as I’m sure many of you can relate, when I do some decluttering: closets, drawers, files, clothes, shoes, you name it. I also target a special poly project folder that holds my key documents, including my weekly calendar, my values written out, declarations for the week, a couple of…

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African Buffalo, Oxpeckers, and Leadership

Last month, I wrote about my experience in Kenya and particularly how a pride of lions reminded me of effective teams and strong leadership. Today’s blog is about something my niece and I learned from the guides in Serengeti and the mutual beneficial relationships between different species of animals. After being in Kenya for about…

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Leadership Lesson from Lions of Maasai Mara, Kenya

I just returned from a 16-day trip in East Africa, and there were two things that I loved most: first, meeting the people of Kenya and Tanzania and the opportunity to learn about different cultures; and second, the experience of observing and being with all the different animals and birds that live in the game…

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Your Moment of Lift

I just finished reading “The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates – what a wonderful book! She shares experiences from the work she is doing with the foundation she and her husband started in 2000. One such experience she writes about is the horrible misconception that the uber-rich can solve world problems by throwing money…

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What’s kicking your ass?

If you feel like your team is dysfunctional, uncooperative, toxic or broken, you’re not alone. Most corporate teams are not really teams; they are groups of people who show up Monday through Friday, work 8-9 hours a day, claim to be working towards a common goal, and say they want the same thing for the…

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Seven Simple Leadership Lessons

The seven simple leadership lessons I was reminded of by 41 client leaders this past week: Rapport isn’t rocket science. All it takes is for one face-to-face interaction to really shift (for the better!) a relationship that’s been solely built by telephone and email. Influence isn’t just a topic underneath the heading of Leadership; it…

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