What They Don’t Teach You In Business School

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In a time we are living and working in a world of Covid 19 and fear is high–very high, leaders at all levels are struggling with what to do and how to do it.  Business schools do not focus on how to gracefully layoff people or deal with shutdowns.  This post will share effective ways to make tough decisions. A …

Leaders: “Now is the Time for the Soft Stuff.”

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This post is written for anyone who wants to be more effective in influencing others–regardless of position, company, or industry. I have blogged about what it means to be a good neighbor and how leaders need to build community (Leaders Build Community Training.) Now is the time to do both and to remember we are all connected.  It is also …

What does it mean to be a good neighbor in these uncertain times?

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We are living and working in unprecedented times.  Organizations and the leaders in them are having to react quickly and communicate clearly in order to protect people while still sustaining the organization.  This is the time for communities to come together and support one another.   I have written fairly extensively about the value of community and how leaders need to …

The 5 Hows to Happiness

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In a previous post, I shared the key to happiness based on research and the book by Sonja Lyubomirsky titled The How of Happiness. The key to happiness is what she calls “The 40 percent Solution” defined as “40 percent is that part of our happiness that is in our power to change through how we act and how we think, that …

The Key to Happiness Is …

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This post is written for anyone and everyone who wants to understand how to be happy.  I bet that includes YOU! The pursuit of happiness is a hot topic these days.  If you do a quick Google search, you will find more than 23,000 books with happiness in the title.  In addition to books, there a more than you can count articles …

Four Life Lessons from Mister Rogers

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This past year I was mesmerized by Mister Rogers.  Since my boys were not loyal watchers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I am not sure why I am so intrigued–but I am not alone.  The documentary I loved and I enjoyed Tom Hanks portraying Rogers in the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood almost as much. I think my fascination is with …

Loneliness is Killing Us. Why We Should Care.

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Loneliness is killing us! We may think we are connected, but this an illusion.  Too many people are feeling lonely and especially younger people.  Articles on loneliness are published daily.  This CBS Sunday Morning segment on loneliness and suicide got my attention and I could not stop thinking about it.  And this was all before the Covid-19 pandemic.  The big fear is more …

Guest Post: Leading from the Middle

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Enjoy this guest blog post written by Gwyn Teatro. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito ~ Dalai Lama Leading from the middle is not really a new idea. But I suspect there are many people working in the middle of their organizations who don’t recognize their real potential to lead or …

Beware: NOT the Season to be Jolly for Everyone!

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Tis the season to be jolly?  Maybe and maybe not.  This post is written for people who are in the position to influence the lives of others.  Not all people are jolly at this time of year. The other day I was in one of my favorite coffee shops.  This coffee shop is much like the old TV show “Cheers” …