The Power of Willpower

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At this time of year, we think about New Year’s Resolutions–what we want to improve or learn.  Often we think about the weight we want to lose, the money we want to save, the changes we want to make.  Recently, I read a book that influenced my thinking about these topics titled “Willpower: Discovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy …

Be Aware of the Blues

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It seems as if the holiday season comes sooner all of the time with retailers decorating and playing music and all the advertisements involved. The season is full of traditions, rituals, and festivities that set expectations high for both religious and secular activities. The tone is set by the music that is often continuously played during the season: “Tis the …

Finding the Space to Lead

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If you are in the position to influence the lives of others, you are a leader.  This role is not just for bosses, managers, but for parents, coaches, pastors.  You probably fit into one or more of these roles and you know the busy-ness that accompanies being a leader.  And in this holiday season, we are even busier–if that is …

Why Compassion Is Important

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Krista Tippett was in town last week speaking about “Becoming Wise.”  Since wisdom is one of my favorite words, her work resonates with me.  While I was not able to attend, I have read her book by the same title.  I also subscribe to her newsletter “On Being” which I highly recommend if you are interested in topics such as …

Trying to Understand Power and Influence

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One thought leader I follow is Mark Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart:  Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century.   Similar to me, he interviews authorities and shares what he learns.  So if you like to read about leadership, I would encourage you to follow him.  He is smart, thoughtful, and does his research.  I contacted Mark the current state of …

Leading With Wisdom

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This post is longer than usual, but it will not become my normal practice.  I have tried hard to avoid talking about politics, but I feel now is the time to share some thoughts on leadership related to the campaign so that I can move forward.  I know it has become risky to talk about politics at dinner parties, church, …

Why Gender Equity is Important to Everyone

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear Anne-Marie Slaughter speak in Des Moines at the IWLC Conference.  She is the author of Unfinished Business:  Women Men Work Family which followed her article in the Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (July/August 2012).  This is the most popular article ever published in the magazine. After reading …

We Are All Self-Employed

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  Several years ago, Cliff Hakim wrote a book that shifted my thinking titled We Are All Self-Employed.  He followed it up with a book called Rethinking Work.  Both of these books describe how to navigate the inevitable change that seems to be driving the demand for innovation, flexibility, and creativity.  Basically, Hakim advocates taking charge of your career because …

Change Management: Can People Really Change?

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  For the past few months, I have been working with a large insurance company about change management.  I developed monthly workshops based on The Genysys Group Change Readiness Assessment that emphasizes the leader’s role in making change and creating a culture where people want to work.  The focus of each workshop is how to help leaders make changes around …