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Living the Values at Work

I have built a career by tieing my work ethics, leadership priorities, and expectations around company values. Sometimes it was easy as others were aligned, to begin with, sometimes I was a hero as I entered a bad culture that desperately wanted change, and other...

Inclusive Leadership – Part 2

Check out part one here! The journey to becoming more inclusive is so rewarding on a personal level. There is personal joy and satisfaction as you see yourself grow and mature and this area is typically ripe for personal and professional growth.   Today we...

Inclusive Leader – Part 1

I've had the honor to be a part of some really great life-changing projects, events, and situations in my career. When asked about my proudest moments as a leader the stories typically go down a road of inclusion and helping break barriers for others to succeed...

3 Common Leadership Mistakes

Another year is almost in the books! Hopefully, this week has been one where you've been able to take a little time for yourself as you gear up for a new year of both personal and professional growth.  I always find the new year to be a great marker in which to...

Call Them In Not Out

There are some people that are really good at calling others out. They masterfully slay their opponents with clever comebacks and pointed wit.  It's also popular. A subreddit called r/murderedbywords has over 2.5 million members where users share their best...

Interview Responses that Fool No One

I have been a part of some really bad interviews in my days, but I will say for the most part people want to put their best foot forward and show the best version of themselves when they are in the interview process. It's part first impression, expertise, good...

Protect your people from themselves

Have you ever known someone who leaves a great opportunity only to flounder and as a result never bounces back to a level that they were before? Perhaps they are the type to jump headfirst into the newest financial fad without thinking through the implications. Maybe...

Prepare Your Successor Today

Whether you have a business or you are looking to forward your personal career, it pays to have a plan in place. Finding your replacement before it's needed is essential in order to keep continuity in the business and work, but it also requires you to let go of some...

Can you Turn into a Bad Boss?

"Great people are hard to find." It's a statement you hear a lot with hiring managers and talent acquisition friends. We had a listener question that flipped the dynamic by talking about how hard it was to find a great boss while asking the question, "Is it possible...

4 Mistakes that Impact Your Likability

Everyone wants to be liked and validated by others in some form or fashion. From a young leader all the way to a tenured executive, our actions and behaviors can be driven by the desire to be liked.  In our quest for validation, we can sometimes make some common...

Help the team become problem solvers

If you've got a problem, yo, I'll solve it...Vanilla Ice No truer words can be said from one of the early 90s' most iconic rap stars. We all have to deal with problems on a regular basis both in our personal and professional lives. It's often said that a leader's main...

Tips to Support Your Teams Mental Well-Being

We've all felt the lasting impact of the last few years. A study confirmed it, we've gotten more stressed and feel a high level of anxiety these days.  In order to keep people engaged and have them stick around, it's important for you as a leader to be mindful of...

Alternatives to “How are you”

"How are you?" It's a worn-out question that is part of a transactional greeting in many cultures. It's even often said with no expectation for a real answer and when a real answer is given, it can often throw off the person that asked the question in the first place....

Tips to strengthen your critical thinking

No matter what you do, the ability to think critically will serve you well.  Good critical thinking skills push you to think about things objectively and without bias and consider different perspectives.  While critical thinking is an important skill, it's not one...

Self-Compassion in Leadership

Leaders may be one of the groups in the workplace that need the most self-compassion. Think about our servant leadership model; it's all about serving and putting others above yourself. (Ep 131, 132) By leading through your values and giving everything away to...

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