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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 4

On the fourth day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Four Core Values We value what we do and do what we value. Be intentional about how you use your energy by making conscious choices based on your four key values. Take some time to reflect and select the four values that most effectively…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 3

On the third day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Three Things To Be Grateful For Merriam-Webster defines “gratitude” as a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. Family, friends and good health may be an obvious top 3, but let’s mix it up a bit! The ability to choose:…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 2

On the second day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Two Minutes of Mindfulness Practicing mindfulness – quieting our minds at the beginning of our day – creates the “space for grace.” We get the double benefit of being inspired through intuition as well as noticing when and how we get distracted throughout the…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 1

This holiday season, we are once again sharing our version of the 12 Days of Christmas, with a focus on leadership. This year, however, we are expanding on each day. These gifts, when internalized and integrated, lead to increased levels of effectiveness and transformation. On the first day of leadership, my coach gave to me;…

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Connecting

It seems we often start new relationships with common questions – “Where are you from? What do you do? Where do you live now?” These questions are considered socially safe, predictable and expected. However, these safe questions are often slow starters – or worse, non-starters – for meaningful connection. Having recently moved to a new…

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All Our Problems are Problems with Distribution

I studied economics as an undergraduate over 40 years ago, and remember very little from that experience with the exception of one principle – the unequal distribution of wealth, studied by an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto. Some of you have come to know this idea as the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule. In his…

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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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Relentless Progress

The need to progress – to practice CANI, or Constant, Never-Ending Improvement – is an ever-present need in our lives, both personal and professional. Between social media and the fact of information literally at our fingertips, knowing what we should be reading, watching, researching or listening to can be confusing and often overwhelming. We often…

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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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Are We Really In That Much of a Hurry?

This past weekend I dropped off a few items of clothing at the dry cleaner. As I was waiting for my receipt to print (it actually took less than 5 seconds), the cashier began apologizing profusely for the computer being so slow and for making me wait. I was taken aback by her response. At…

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