Are you a good neighbor?

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Leaders build community and communities consist of neighbors.  What does it mean to be a good neighbor?  Why is it important to be a good neighbor where you live and in the workplace?  Read this post to find out.   Last week I saw the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Mister Rogers.  The timing of this film could not …

Advice for Graduates and for YOU and ME!

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This post is full of great advice for people of all ages.  It contains thought provoking wisdom we all can benefit from at least reading and thinking about now and for the future. NOTE:  My next monthly podcast will be posted this Friday the 13th!  If you take the time to listen to the wisdom of this Sage, please let …

What To Learn From Starbucks

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We living and working in uncertain times and for leaders, the answers are NOT in the back of the book.  We can learn from situations handled well and not so well.  What can we learn from how Starbucks has handled recent challenges?   On May 29th, 2918, Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores for diversity training.  Howard Schultz, Executive Chairman (at …

Be Aware of Your Influence

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Leaders are people in the position to influence others.  But what kind of influence are you having on others?  This post reminds us to beware and be aware of your influence. As I was doing research for my book Leading With Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts, I concluded that my definition for leader was this: A leader is a person in …

An Example of Grit, Integrity, and Character

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I have blogged about grit, integrity, and character.  This post combines it all in a great example.  In the current times, I think it is important to look for role models who reflect these qualities and we can’t have too many examples to guide our way.  In some of my previous blog posts, I have shared my thoughts on the …

Resilience: How To Bounce Back

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We are living in uncertain times with many industries and systems being disrupted.  All of these changes are potential cause for us to perceive numerous stressors.  This post builds on my previous blog posts about how to become resilient. Resiliency and how to become more resilient has become a hot topic these days.  Since we are living and working in times …

How Functional Are Your Reward Systems?

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Watching and reading about Facebook, Wells Fargo, and other companies in the news for acting illegally, unethically, or inappropriately inspired me to write this post about reward systems.   If you want to understand human behavior or why people act the way they do, study the reward system.  People behave in ways that are rewarded.  When you do this, you realize many …

How to Grow Grit

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This post is for anyone and everyone who wants to understand the qualities that lead to outstanding achievement.  It is written for anyone who wants to work smarter or live better.  Read on to learn how to grow grit. According to research, Angela Duckworth concludes in her book GRIT:  Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success that talent is …

GRIT: The Secret to Success

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This post is written for anyone who wants “in” on the secret to success.  If you have ever wondered:  Why the people at the very top of your field are at the top?  What do you think makes them special?  How did they likely get there?  What is the secret to success?  If so, then this post is for you.  …