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Stay Put. Add Value.

It’s January, and everyone is working on our New Year’s resolutions. We’re goal setting. We’re working out. We’re dieting. We’re planning new projects. We’re organizing our calendars. In our work life, many of us have a goal this year to get promoted, change jobs, and perhaps join a bigger company. It’s part of our ambition to get ahead. Our desire is to be recognized for our contributions. Our feeling as t ...

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The Purpose of Leadership 2013

Dear blog readers, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for following my blog The Purpose of Leadership in 2013.  I am grateful for your insights and comments -- you are enriching my own leadership journey each week. Because it is hard to keep up with weekly blog posts, this week I thought I would share with you the top five posts for 2013.  That way, if you missed one of the blogs that resonated wi ...

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O Tidings of Comfort and Joy

In America it is the season of Christmas. The familiar holiday carols are playing on the radio. The Christmas trees are decorated. The malls are full of shoppers hunting for gifts. And the calendar is full of holiday parties. The season is both a festive celebration and on the other hand, a stressful list of stuff to get done. So how do we think about this season in the workplace? I think the words of the f ...

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Be an Odd & Extraordinary Leader

This weekend I had the honor of teaching leadership at The Gloucester Institute Emerging Leaders Program entitled “A Brand Called You.” This program assembles approximately 30 highly motivated African-American undergraduate students with excellent leadership potential. Over the course of the year, they are trained in leadership, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. On a Saturday afternoon, when ...

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Rest. Period.

Servant leadership is so important, so aspirational, so ambitious, we must take time to rest. This week the purpose of my blog is simply to remind you that great leaders rest. Be inspired by these words: Everything needs a break. Toba Beta It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures. Elisabeth Ellio ...

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Leader as Student

Last week, I shared with you the traits of the leader as teacher. This week we’ll examine the leader as a student … When our daughters left to go to college, my husband would write them a letter to guide their journey as a student. As I look back at these letters, I find they are filled with useful advice, well beyond the college years. Leaders, take note: Show up for class. At school, 90% of your success i ...

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Reflection Required

Monday was my first day back after a four day vacation. I must confess, I am not good at taking vacations. For the first two days I didn’t even know I was on vacation. I kept answering emails, taking calls, and reviewing work. Somewhere around day three, I notice that I am in a new place. The sun is shining. The water is sparkling. People around me are walking, riding bikes, sitting on their beach chair. Hm ...

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Tips of the Leadership Trade

This fall, I will have the opportunity to speak at the Gwinnett Leadership Forum, on September 5, 2013. The Leadership Forum is all about helping local leaders connect to their highest potential – a mission that is right up my alley. Twice a year they bring in world-class leaders to share insights, tools and encouragement for leading with integrity and authenticity, both of which are characteristics intrins ...

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Career Path? Life Path?

We often gain insight from questions we are asked. Particularly when the questions are on topics we were not thinking about at the time. Recently, I have been asked twice to describe my career path to groups of young leaders. Ostensibly, the young leaders were interested in how one gets to the position of CEO; what path do you take? This is not something I was thinking about and it led to these observations ...

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Top 10 Things I Love about You

Dear favorite employee, When I think of you, I wish that every employee in our company had your traits. I can only imagine what our business results would be if they did. To celebrate the way that you contribute to each day, I have brought together this list of the Top 10 Things I Love about You. You do not whine or complain. You refuse to be a victim. Life is too short. When you encounter a problem, you he ...

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