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"Where There is Chaos, Seize Control"

One of my early bosses and mentors, Gail Parsons, said this to me almost daily. I was young and newly promoted in an HR role in the midst of a big merger. There was much organizational realignment. Everyone had a new boss […]

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Don’t Get a Mentor

I was recently on a hiking tour of the Utah National Parks with my son. After the first big day of hiking, Seb (6) looks at me and says, “if we are going to do this again tomorrow, we will need some […]

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Saturday Salutation: Joyful Movement at the TSA

I was clearing security this week at the Denver airport, particularly annoyed since the TSA agent had just dumped the entire contents of my purse out and then walked away. Turns out “too many pennies,” can leave you racing for your gate. […]

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Two Things That Will Get You Promoted

I am often approached by leaders looking to get promoted.  “what characteristics do you look for when hiring for the top positions in your organization?” Stairway to Promotion So, I run down my list. unwavering integrity confident humility passionate vision strong track […]

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Is strength your weakness?

One of my first yoga teachers was fond of saying, “too much strength makes you inflexible too much flexibility makes you weak always balance.” At work, the same is true. Strength can make us weaker. Here’s how Over-reliance on one skill I love […]

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Are you skipping to work?

One of my favorite mentors always asks “are you skipping to work?” When you are skipping to work, you wake up before the alarm, and are excited about the day. When skipping, the most challenging part is juggling and prioritizing all the […]

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Is Tom Sawyer Slowing You Down?

I recently went to see my sister and her family in a fantastic performance of Big River, the musical based on Huckleberry Finn performed by the Adams County School of Musical Theater in Gettysburg, PA. I was struck by the scene where […]

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What Dad Doesn’t Say

The Dad Conversation Continues Thanks to all who contributed to my last post Dad Says: Best Advice from Your Dads. For those who read closely, you may have noticed that I did not share any advice from my father. Why? Because he swears […]

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Dad Says: Best Advice From YOUR Dads

In the spirit of Fathers Day, my son Ben (17) and I set out to collect as much fatherly advice as we could in a week. We asked everyone we knew or ran into friends, work, school, church, airports, restaurants, and random […]

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Listen Well: Better Get a Bucket

I believe that after integrity, listening is the second most important leadership skill. And it is also one of the most difficult. Listening well is hard.Listening well, consistently, is even harder. Lately, I have been paying more attention to what is happening […]

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Felons, Leopards, Spots and Feedback: A Short Story of Missed Opportunity

Last night I accidentally had dinner with an old college friend. It was one of those fun chance meetings which quickly leads to a run down of every mutual acquaintance and what they are up to. He shared a story that got […]

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Glass Elevators: Why Having an Elevator Speech Matters

Yesterday I attended an important meeting with important people. I was not scheduled to speak. And then, sure enough, I was given the opportunity to give my elevator speech. A good friend of mine in Finance (p.s. always have a good friend […]

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