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Even Successful Leaders Fall into a Hole Now and Then

Climbing Out of a Hole February 22, 2019

Kristen started, grew, and sold a company. The liquidity event was very, very beneficial for her. She had since moved to a new role in another company. She wasn’t the CEO this time, and was brought in by a friend to serve as a transformational leader in this new organization. Things weren’t going as planned. […]

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Creating an Intentional Culture

Intentional Culture February 7, 2019

Too often leaders default or give in to the culture that surrounds them. You talk about a “toxic environment?” Or, there is a “bullying style of leadership.” How about the permission that is given to the “loose cannon” or “rock-star” or “maverick” to keep doing their work even though there is destructive fallout? Whether you […]

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Watch the traffic, not the people, or you just might get run over

January 24, 2019

I was about 13-years-old, and visiting a friend who lived in Manhattan. I was a Long Island kid and was not as experienced as Paul at navigating the craziness of the City. We were headed somewhere and came up to an intersection. I could see the light was changing to red, and I was following […]

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There’s a Right and a Wrong Time to Say, “We’ll See”

January 10, 2019

Sporting results are outside our control. “We’ll see if the Bears make the playoffs this year.  Unless a coach or player, you really can’t impact NFL results. “We’ll see” makes sense here. Plane schedules and weather are outside our control. “We’ll see if the plane is on time so I can catch my connecting flight.”  […]

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Be Controlled or Take Control: How to Be in Charge of Your Own Life

December 19, 2018

We create our own stories; and they’re often not true. We are all the creation of everything that has happened to us up until this point in time. Every relationship, hardship, joy, loss, gain, job, heartache has created us and we can’t change any of it. Regret doesn’t serve you. We can learn from it. […]

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Phrases I Don’t Like: “It’s the way I am. I can’t change.”

I Cant Change December 13, 2018

Working in direct care for special needs individuals is a daunting undertaking. I have great admiration for people who make it their life’s work. I had the privilege of working in such a role early in my career. Teenagers who have developed problematic behaviors due to abuse or neglect and are struggling to create a […]

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Do We Really Need More Philosophy Majors?

Liberal Arts Degrees November 13, 2018

I had the opportunity to travel to both Italy and Ireland in the past year: great food, people, and scenery were everywhere. Two of the most lasting memories remain a Middle Eastern tour guide and an Irish bartender. It was in the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican that I thought, “thank goodness there are […]

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Shut Up and Listen: How to Change Lives by Paying Attention

Shut Up And Listen November 1, 2018

Growing up we were not allowed to say “shut up” at home. It’s still harsh sounding, and I use it only when necessary to make a point, and never direct it at someone with malice, but rather for guidance. This is one of those instances when it is necessary to make a point. “You were […]

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Using Confidence to Get Through Difficult Transitions: Gary’s Story of Success

Confidende Difficult Transitions October 25, 2018

Change shows up in all different ways. People respond to change differently. Sometimes change is a choice, and sometimes it is inflicted on us. When change happens, you have a choice how to react to it. Your confidence in handling change creates different outcomes. Change always presents opportunities. What do you want it to look […]

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Managing Peer Relationships – They Don’t Always Have to Go Sideways

October 12, 2018

The workplace is based on relationships. You have relationships up (your boss, superiors), down (direct reports, contractors), and to the side (peers, business partners). Managing and creating impactful relationships in all three directions leads to success, and not doing so leads to failure and frustration. Peer relationships in the workplace are challenging in different ways […]

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