Learn the Trends in HR!

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On September 26th (5:30om-8:30pm), DisruptHR is taking place and I am fortunate to be one of the speakers.  I am excited to participate and my topic is titled:  Thinking Beyond the Money.  According to the website: DisruptHR DSM is a night of short, focused talks designed to energize, inform, and empower HR leaders, business professionals, and community leaders who are …

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 …

Ever Wish To Be A Bird?

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It has taken a long time for spring to arrive in Iowa.  But the birds are returning which is nice to see and to hear. This post is to remind you of the wonders of the world.  Stay curious.  Being interested is interesting.  Have you ever wondered how birds can fly? For some reason, watching this video clip reminded me …

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.  …

Designing Your Life: Build a Compass

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Do you know the way?  Are you designing your life so the rest of life is the best of life?  Several of my recent posts have been about designing your life based on a book by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans titled Designing Your Life:  How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.  They say start where you are and that requires …

Learning from Life Experience: Predicting the Future and Reflecting on the Past

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In workshops, I often ask these two questions: What is the difference between getting older and becoming an elder? What are the differences between someone who is aging and someone who is becoming a sage or sage-ing? The responses usually include wisdom:  someone who is wise and shares wisdom.  Then I ask, “How do we become wise?”  Just because we …

Why Relationships Matter

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In my leadership courses, workshops, and coaching, I require people to read the “Corner Office” by Adam Bryant in the Sunday New York Times.  Bryant interviews CEOs and other senior leaders and I always learn something new or it reinforces something I believe and advocate. I also am an avid reader of every word of the New York Times Style Section on Sundays.  While …

The Power of Presence

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For the past few weeks, I have been sharing my thoughts about the growing “disease” of social isolation and how important it is for leaders to build community.  I shared research by Sheryl Turkle who has written two books and a TED talk on how technology is harming our ability to have conversations.  Turkle says we need to work at …

One of My Favorite Podcast Series

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During the holidays, our family went on a road trip out west to ski.  One of my sons introduced me to a great podcast series on NPR titled:  How I Built This.  This is an interview series with innovators and entrepreneurs such as the founders of Patagonia and Clif bar.  The driving went quickly because we were able to listen …