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Leading with an absent leader

Have you ever had a boss that just wasn't there? (Maybe that's your wish!) Perhaps they are physically present but are not engaged in your relationship or the job that they are holding. A Gallup poll shows that nearly 20% of people in the workforce are actively...

How to be a great mentor

It can feel great when someone asks you to be their mentor.  It means that they highly value your input and want to model at least part of their life after you. Mentoring can often be a bit intimidating at first.  What can I truly offer...

How to find a great mentor

I owe a lot of my success in life to my mentors and advisors who have helped me along my life journey. Their guidance kept me on the right path when things got confusing, helped me make the right decisions during difficult times and supported and...

Finding leadership in running

Being an athlete is a state of mind which is not bound by age, performance or place in the running pack. -Jeff Galloway Jeff Galloway is a world-famous runner and coach who popularized interval training, or the Run, Walk, Run method as he calls it. We have...

Finding leadership in video games

We don't get to choose how we start in this life. Real greatness is what you do with the hand that you've been dealt. -Victor Sullivan(Character from Uncharted video game series) It's safe to say that video games have firmly established themselves in...

Finding leadership in puzzles

My family really enjoys doing puzzles. It gives us an activity that we can all work on together and separately that doesn't involve technology. Sometimes it's a very passive activity. We'll work on it for a few minutes and walk away. Other times it's the three of...

Finding leadership in Legos

You probably have, had or know someone who has Legos. They are the little building blocks that have inspired generations and grown from small playthings to multimedia pop culture icons. These little playthings can teach us a few things about leadership and...

Are your morals for sale?

The choices you made in the past do not define you. What you choose to do today and going forward does. What value do you put on your morals, values, and ethics? Are your morals something that you highly value and would never give away, or...

How to own your own personal development

Wouldn't it be wonderful if your job had a personal, unique development plan that gave you a step by step guide on how to grow and develop yourself and your career? I'm sure that it's out there, but it extremely rare to find this in the workplace. Kornferry...

Having the persistence to excel

Persistence: The fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.-Oxford Dictionary The act of continuing on in spite of difficulty or opposition. Some people would call that foolishness. Why keep at something that...

How do you change someone’s behavior?

We usually have the best intentions with people. We want them to change their behavior for the betterment of themselves and others.  We give advice, offer solutions and blatantly point out shortcomings in our effort to get people to change. We then get frustrated...

Holding to Humility

You never know if you're really humble, but you can know if you do humble things. -Erwin McManus Leaders are great at making plans. Think about yourself and the leaders you know. They usually are working off some kind of goal, plan or vision. You likely have...

Are you following your Calling?

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great...

How to conquer the habits that hold you back

We all would love to lose some weight, be more fit, have some extra financial security and have some time to enjoy life more, but our habits often get in our way to meeting our goals. Freeing yourself from your habits can be tough. I know that several...

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Are you following your Calling?

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great...

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Love them like family

Family is not an important thing, it is everything.      Have you ever been somewhere where you didn't get served well and then you observe someone in the same establishment getting great service? It's extremely frustrating, to say the least. I'm typically...

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Stuck in the waiting room of life

Waiting is hard. I know that it is for me. We all have times in our life when we are suddenly waiting for direction. I think of this as a waiting room. You are just stuck there and it only becomes more frustrating as you see other people come and go while you just...

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This is our community

The importance of community, living in peace and helping one another, is a foundation piece of who we are. That can be found more so in Clarkston, GA than anywhere else in the world. Clarkston holds the crown as the most diverse city in the world. At a population of a...

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How to ace the interview

A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time. I get asked fairly often, from college students to seasoned professionals, on advice for having a good interview. They range from part-time extra work to college entrance...

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Finding leadership in food

Finding that great local spot is an adventure that I enjoy during all of my travels. A national chain is good for consistency, but a quality local place really puts its heart into its food and…

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