Tag: risk taking

The Secret To a Great Leap

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It’s been almost 5 years since that fireside chat. My friend “Joe” and I were one of the last few remaining at our campsite fireside on our annual church camping trip. The embers were glowing and yes, there was a bit of whisky involved. I distinctly remember Val emerging from her nearby tent in her pajamas and explaining that although our conversation was “indeed fascinating,” she was

Simple Gifts: The Best You Can Do is Enough thumbnail

My favorite Christmas stories are the ones where a humble hero offers the best gifts he can muster.  It never looks like much on the outside. In Why The Chimes Rang, a small child accomplishes what all the rich and famous could not with their extravagant gifts.  He did what he could, with what he had. The Little Drummer Boy, “had no gift to bring” but we keep singing about him.  I

Full Potential Leadership: Convincing Them to Bet on You thumbnail

Are you truly building your full potential? The choices you make now, will impact what jobs are available down the road. Moving up too quickly in one functional area may limit the diversity of skills you learn, and turn you into a specialist with limited future potential. As Joanne Cleaver, says “over is the new up.” When a strong, smart employee comes to me looking for help being promoted, I almost

Maximize Your Potential:It’s Never Too Late to Grow Great thumbnail

Over a year ago I had a debate with a friend that just keeps staying with me. His premise, “by the time we are in our 40s our path is set your potential is channeled, you are just not going to accomplish anything significant you haven’t already started” For some reason that comment from a friendly conversation infuriated me, and I keep trying to decide why.

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“Where There is Chaos, Seize Control”

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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 and a new team. Most leaders were in the midst of relocating their families. We were merging systems, polices, programs, you name it. Every time I walked into her office with an idea, she

Glass Elevators: Why Having an Elevator Speech Matters thumbnail

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 in Finance) batted the conversation my way game on. What’s our channel’s mission? How are our results? What’s our team best at? How have we improved? The