Help Your People to See that They Are Valued

Thirty years ago, Jaime and I were married. Like many soon-to-be-wed couples, we registered for linens, dinnerware, and a range of household items that we felt would help us as we started our lives together. One gift that we received wasn’t on our registration. Nonetheless, it became one of our most treasured items. It was…

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Discover Your Purpose

Have you ever heard the expression, “if you want to know what someone truly values take a look at their bank account and their calendar”? The idea is that regardless of what we say we value, the true answer is revealed in how we spend our time, energy, and resources. Reading a leadership blog suggests…

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What I Learned in Jail

When I sat down to talk to the warden, I had a burning question to ask him about what I had just observed. Over the previous few hours, I had participated in an inmate training workshop. The course focused on leading yourself to better results and was designed to teach inmates how to be more…

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What Moving 250,000 Meals Per Day Can Teach You About Purpose

In Mumbai, India, a city of 17 million people, fast food has a unique meaning. Every day, about 5,000 dabbawalas, or “lunchbox people,” deliver nearly a quarter of a million home-cooked lunches around this vast, tumultuous city—at high speed and without error! Because people who work in the city enjoy a home-cooked lunch, thousands of…

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Great Leaders Create a Culture of Quitters

You are likely familiar with the concept that employees don’t quit companies, they quit bad leaders. It is with this in mind that many organizations invest time, energy, and resources developing leaders who foster employee engagement. Yes, employees might quit an organization because of a bad leader; however, these same employees may quit their own bad behaviors…

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Do Your Actions Pass the Grocery Shopping Test?

Years ago, a friend told me that she isn’t one to burn bridges. If she ever bumps into a customer or colleague at the grocery store, she doesn’t want them to try to avoid her. I’ve tried to take her idea to heart. I find myself envisioning a future day, 15 or 20 years down…

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5 Lessons from a Leader Who Stands on Top of Africa

I recently found myself in Tanzania setting out to hike to the highest point on the continent of Africa. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t suddenly fall from the sky or wake from a dream and ‘find’ myself on the mountain. The prerequisite planning took place and I put in extra miles to get ready,…

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