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Karin’s Leadership Articles

I’m humbled and energized by our growing Let’s Grow Leaders community. Thank you so much for your thought leadership and enthusiasm. We are growing this together. As we close 2013, I offer a recap of the “Best of 2013” as measured by engagement. Thank you for being part of our collaborative adventure. If you missed one of these, it’s not too late to join the conversation. If you’re new here, please subscribe to join our 2014 fun… there’s much in store.

Richest Conversation

Can We Teach Leaders Humility?

Can Men and Women Be Friends at Work?

12 Components of Trusted Strategic Partnerships

Impatience as a Leadership Virtue

and one of my Smartblog Posts… Why Volunteering Makes You a Better Leader.

Wonderful Comments

Thanks to all who commented in 2013. You make the community. I appreciate every one who enhances the conversation, once, twice, or many times. I highly encourage all of you who are reluctant to give it a try. I’d like to particularly thank my top commenters of 2013, every one of whom I’ve met through this social media adventure.

Top 10 Commenters

Ali Anani (always poetic perspective from Jordan, and the first to respond to others in the community).

Matt McWilliams (love his writing, inspiring and challenging)

Steve Borek (one of the first to join and a consistent blessing, sharing his coaching expertise)

Dave Bratcher (fellow leadership blogger with wonderful insights)

Dallas Tye (my biggest cheerleader on turning writing into a book, love the conversations from Australia)

LaRae Quy (beautiful energy, writes about strength and mental toughness)

Lolly Daskal (a wonderful friend, stay-tuned for some early 2014 collaboration)

David Tumbarello (his comments are often worthy of a post in themselves)

Alli Polin (always amazed at our parallel experiences; more insights from Australia)

Terri Klass (great ideas and practical advice)

Thanks to all who support the Let’s Grow Leaders community through subscribing, commenting and sharing. I appreciate your encouraging others to subscribe. The more minds on this journey, the more we all grow. I am taking of the rest of the year to spend time with my family. I’ll be back to the normal schedule on Friday, January 3rd.

Have a happy new year.



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  1. Steve Borek

    It’s good to know you’re in my circle of influence.

    One question. When we do have lunch, who’ll win the arm wrestle to pick up the check?

  2. letsgrowleaders

    Steve, with all the yoga you’ve been doing, I might need to find a way to outsmart you 😉

  3. Ali Anani (@alianani15)

    Karin- at least I know you outsmarted me with this “looking back in smiles” post. Great achievements that you ably led.

  4. letsgrowleaders

    Ali, I am deeply grateful for your leadership in the LGL community this year. Thank you for your insightful comments, and your engagement with others. Also so appreciate when you expand the conversations by sharing your slides.

  5. Dallas Tye

    Honoured and deeply appreciative of the mention Karin.

    Its not much a break you are giving yourself,, but off you go, we’ll be ok until you get back 😉

    • letsgrowleaders

      Dallas, I’m back…… it was a wonderful trip… sunny and warm… and now back to snow.

  6. Ali Anani (@alianani15)

    Karin- believe me that I have just noticed what you wrote about me in the post. Added to this your great response to my comment, which make words freeze in my mouth. I am deeply grateful and humbled. What I like most on this blog is that your readers share because they care and not to boost themselves. A hygiene atmosphere, which makes me proud to be part of.

  7. Sam @ Sandler

    I totally agree! This community is the greatest and makes the blogging experience that much more enjoyable.

    • Karin

      Sam, Thanks so much. I’m always delghted by your insights.

  8. Jon Mertz

    Looking forward to a great year ahead, Karin, especially with your mix of practical insights and challenges that make us better leaders. A great community here! Thank you. Jon

    • letsgrowleaders

      Jon, Thanks so much. I so enjoy your writing and insights.

  9. Alli Polin

    Been a great year learning, sharing and collaborating with you! Look forward to an exceptional 2014!

    • letsgrowleaders

      Alli, I so agree. I’m looking forward to our continued collaboration.

  10. Dan Black

    Looking forward to reading and engaging in the conversations in the next year.

    • letsgrowleaders

      Dan, so great to have you in the community. Looking forward to a great year.


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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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