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Gifts

August 14, 2018

Consider that your gift might be sharing your story, with a focus on how you have evolved along the way.

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Diverse Thought

July 25, 2018

How can we change, evolve and innovate listening to the same ideas from the same groups of people?  It makes most of us uncomfortable to entertain diverse thoughts especially about topics that are familiar.  I have found opening your mind to diversity of thought starts with respect.  Respect for ideas that are not your own.  Start with respect for everyone and your world will expand with new ideas.

A Crisis of Confidence

June 20, 2018

When you have one, recognize it’s healthy. Learn, grow and be open to change. You will be happier and you will be a better leader if you embrace the journey.

Embracing Diversity

June 18, 2018

A couple weeks ago my 5-year-old niece asked me why my son had a different color skin than her.  I took a moment and thought about how I should answer.  You want to get these little moments right.  I got down, so we could see each other eye to eye and said, “wouldn’t the world be really boring if we were all the same?”  She looked up at me with a bright smile and said, “it sure would.”  Then she and my son went about playing in the clubhouse.  I have thought about that moment many times over the last few weeks as I was recently interviewed for an industry magazine about diversity and I get ready to attend a women in industry forum.  The word diversity means so many different things,  race, personal identification around orientation, common group affiliations such as Lean In or the Boy scouts and common service platforms such as the Military.  Everything we do contributes to the diverse people we become over a lifetime.  The more diversity we expose ourselves to the richer our lives become.  Embrace what makes you different.

What do you know?

May 14, 2018

Leaders that believe they know everything don’t understand why they are in their positions.

Worse are the leaders who pretend to listen but believe in their hearts they know all the answers.

The Non-Conformist

April 12, 2018

 

Being a conformist didn’t inspire me or anyone else.  Early in my career, I thought that conformity was necessary.  As I matured in my career and formulated what I wanted my impact to be and what legacy I wanted to leave I stopped conforming.  I realized that I wasn’t leading, I was following.

Sharing Wisdom

March 19, 2018

My best days are spent with those willing to share their wisdom. They most often give their gifts through inspirational story telling.