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Every Employee Deserves a Great Leader

“Every employee deserves a great leader.” This phrase caught my eye today when I thumbed through my mail. It was on the cover of a magazine I receive from my undergraduate alma mater. The article the headline led me to was about a guy named Stephen Mansfield, the president and CEO of Methodist Health System, [...]

August 3rd, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Making Meetings Count (Leadership According to C)

My husband, whom I will call C, holds a leadership position today — and he has held similar positions during much of his career. He typically gets high ratings on his leadership skills from his supervisors and employees alike. Everyday when I ask him what he did at work today, he says, “I had a [...]

July 30th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Solar, Anyone?

Not long ago, I heard T. Boone Pickens say that Obama should “step up and lead” regarding energy independence for America. According to Pickens, Americans have many sources of alternative energy to choose from: solar, wind, propane, natural gas, ethanol made from algae or switchgrass, geothermal, electricity, and more. If Obama were to call on [...]

July 29th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Leadership According to C

My husband, whom I will call C, holds a leadership position today — and he has held similar positions during much of his career. He typically gets high ratings on his leadership skills from his supervisors and employees alike. Today, I am going to ask him a few questions about leadership and report what he [...]

June 30th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Right? Or In Relationship?

I just joined a leadership community, MOR, which stands for “Maximizing Organizational Resources.” I checked out a blog entry entitled “It’s the Little  Things that Have an Impact.” Here the link to that blog entry, written by Neptali. His “little thing” was a statement he heard at a leadership session he attended: “You can be [...]

May 11th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Another Sudoku Insight

I am almost done with my latest Sudoku book. I have two “Beware, Very Challenging” puzzles left, and I’ve left them until I finish all the easy puzzles that I skipped earlier. One of the easy puzzles didn’t seem so easy. It actually required me to put little numbers in squares, which most of the [...]

May 4th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Cheers for Blomberg!

I watched Michael Blomberg, the mayor of New York, on Morning Joe this morning, while pedaling my exercise bike.  I saw good leadership and excellent people skills in action. The news people at the table praised Blomberg to the skies for managing New York effectively in a trying economic/cultural time. He would have none of [...]

April 19th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Obama a Weak Leader? No Way!

As you surely know, the Health Care Bill became law today. Obama led us to this point, and we have arrived. No, it’s not a perfect bill — but we don’t need a perfect bill. We need a foundation upon which to build — and now we have that. As a person who has had [...]

March 23rd, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Becoming a Storyteller

I read this quote in a Yammer post today: “Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.” The quote is from Howard Gardner, Harvard University. I had a history professor once, many years ago, who made history come alive for me for the first time in my life. How did he do [...]

March 22nd, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Is “Strong” the Opposite of “Rude”?

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”  Jim Rohn quotes (American Speaker and Author. He is famous for motivational audio programs [...]

March 17th, 2010 | | 0 comments | Continued