Tag: Education and Training

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Answering One Question Could Change Your Life

In the context of being inspired, doing purposeful work and subsequently becoming an authentic leader, there is one question that is sure to give insight to anyone that answers it. Better, it could literally transform you, if you let it. It comes from a fantastic little book called, “Find Your Great Work,” by Michael Bungay Stanier, ...

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Are Leaders Actually Born, Not Made?

My daughters and I volunteer for a church “KidPack” program where youth groups come and pack food for local elementary school kids to take home for the weekend. This week, a middle-school aged hockey team of about 20 kids helped out. As they repeatedly made their way around the table packing bags of food, there ...

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To D or Not to D, That is the Question

Directing versus influencing: a leadership debate as old as the leadership topic itself. In today’s global workplace graced with telecommunication abundance and co-workers and customers all over the world, the pendulum of leadership advice is swinging toward favoring influencing skills: that coveted ability to collaborate, effectively negotiate the sea of changing stakeholders, reach common goals while everyone ...

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The Smallest Acts Have the Biggest Impact

Recently, a dear friend, former boss and mentor passed away. It was such a shock, and I spent days processing all these memories I hadn’t thought of for years: insightful perspectives she had, ways we worked together and observing her subtle, but universally respected, leadership style. I had just seen her. One particular memory stood ...

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Four New Leadership Types Found in the Most Unlikely Place

  No matter where I go, I can’t help notice people leading. It’s fascinating because you can find leaders just about anywhere. However, I wasn’t expecting to see such a blossoming petri dish of leadership during, of all things, a large family reunion at a popular Lake Superior lodge. Specifically, I observed four leadership types. What ...