Cindy Masingill

Leading by Fergi – Lesson #5

Passion and Performance I was commenting to a friend during agility class this week about her border collie’s amazing drive when he gets in the ring. When he’s running a course, his head is down, he barks like crazy, and he flies over the jumps so fast one wonders if he even sees them there…

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #4: What the Heck Are You Saying?!

You might think that after 11 years of agility training, seven of them with Fergi, we’d be masters of the sport, covered in ribbons and accolades, our picture on the cover of Clean Run magazine (a publication dedicated to the sport of dog agility), but that’s not how it works. At every class we learn…

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #3: When Will We Get There?

Mondays are agility training night for Fergi and me. Agility is a sport that requires a dog and his handler to negotiate an obstacle course, racing against a clock and completing the obstacles correctly and in the designated order. It’s funny; we call it “dog training,” but it’s primarily “people training.” Classes are intended to…

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #2: Let me fail, I will succeed. Just trust me.

In the agility world, a significant amount of training time is spent on “handling.” Handling includes hand signals, body positioning, or other moves I use to show Fergi where we are going on the obstacle course; there is a variety of such signals, positioning and moves that all mean different things. We recently learned a…

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Leading by Fergi – Lesson #1; What’s Most Important (and it’s not me)

Like most of you, every day I’m learning something new about what it really takes to be a great leader.  I’ve invested a staggering amount of time and money reading and taking classes, I’ve applied what I’ve learned successfully and not so successfully, and – as cliché as it sounds – I’ve learned most from…

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Finding More Time

Charles Bruxton once said, “You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.” Time is a consistent topic in many of my coaching meetings, and often a conversation with myself – whether it’s “I don’t have enough time,” “Time is going by too fast,” “People are taking my time,”…

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Plastic Empathy

The English language is full of idioms.  Remember this one? “Plastic Smile” Definition:  a fake or forced smile, when someone appears to be happier than they really are I remember it from high school. My friends and I would be walking to our next class and pass someone walking in the opposite direction; there would…

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You’re In Charge: Now What?

I will never forget my first promotion, moving from sales representative to team leader, supporting a team of three inside-sales representatives. It was an exciting time, and I couldn’t wait to dive right in. After the first week in my new role, my excitement was replaced with doubt and my dive-right-in attitude turned into hesitation….

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What Makes a Leader?

What makes a leader? If you find yourself pondering this question from time to time, you are not alone. Leaders evolve, and as such, are continuously trying to figure this one out. It’s not the definition of a leader that stumps us, as much as defining who we want to be as a leader and…

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What Do You Need to Do Differently?

LEADERSHIP PRACTICE Begin this practice of breaking patterns by experimenting with doing some common everyday things, differently. For Example: Take a different route to work or other destinations that you usually travel to. Position your body differently when sitting or standing Use the opposite ear while speaking on the phone Order Chinese take-out and eat…

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