Reflections

The Invisibility of Whiteness

Growing up, I always felt I didn’t have a “cool” heritage like other people. Some kids had big extended Italian or Greek or Irish or Polish families with weird food on the holidays and interesting traditions and beliefs. Then I met and married my husband who is...

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Leadership Lessons from a Liberal Arts Major

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I read a lot about leadership. A lot! Every leadership blog or website or book...

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Step forward or step back?

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. --Abraham Maslow The first time I thought I was grown up was after my mom died. I was 21, just finishing college, gone through a tragic event. I thought to myself, “I’m...

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Leadership From the Inside Out

“We judge ourselves by our intentions; we judge others by their actions.” I have never coached anyone who intends to be an ineffective leader. I often start coaching engagements using a 360 assessment called The Leadership Circle Profile. This insightful tool measures...

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Along Comes Mary

When I was writing this blog, the words to a song by the Association came to me (Along Comes Mary) along with the title to a movie from the 90’s (There’s Something About Mary). Unfortunately, both of those titles have some connotations I did not want to evoke (but I...

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What separates a great leader from an ineffective leader?

“A business can’t outgrow the effectiveness of its leadership.” --Scaling Leadership (Anderson and Adams, 2019 We’ve known for a long time that great organizations are the direct result of great leaders. But what separates a great leader from an ineffective leader? A...

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Mindlessness

Have you found yourself experiencing the following: rushing through activities without being attentive to them breaking or spilling things because of carelessness inattention, or thinking of something else failing to notice subtle feelings of physical tension or...

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A leadership development tool that really works

I use the Leadership Circle 360 profile in my coaching and assessment work because it is both practical and powerful. I don't say this lightly as  I am hardly new to leadership assessments. During my Corporate career in a senior leadership role, I was on the other...

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