6 Things Every Good Leader Should Consider

Being a leader is close to being a parent. However, we all know that both represent a double-edged sword. Even if you think you are doing something right, you are actually doing it all wrong. So, what things should a good leader consider if she wants to be as close to excellent as one can possibly get in the eyes of the employees? One of the things that come to mind is being humble yet confident, tolerant yet authoritarian and appreciative yet careful not to be misused. Include the employees as much as possible in decision making. Be aware of

Don’t Tell Me It’s Impossible

One of the recurring themes in my life is people telling me things aren’t possible.  Of course, I then take that as a challenge, and set out to do that very thing.  Frequently, I’m called crazy, or nuts, or something along those lines.  Occasionally, I get accused of cheating, or having an unfair advantage.  Sometimes, it’s amusing, and other times, frankly, it’s downright irritating.  I am well aware that my life doesn’t tend to stay neatly within the lines.  After all, no “sane” person would have four kids, work full time, get an MBA from Duke, take care of their

7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude at Work

Here are 7 great tips for maintaining a professional attitude at work

In this post, we’re going to discuss 7 tips for maintaining a professional attitude at work.  Sometimes, maintaining that attitude at work is very difficult indeed.  While it may be temporarily satisfying to tell someone what you really think in the heat of the moment, it is not necessarily in your best interest to do so. I’ve probably made every single one of these mistakes in my younger years and some of them are pretty cringe-worthy.  I hope that they will save you some of the pain and embarrassment that I went through. 7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude

3 Instant Life-Lessons Taught By Selling Girl Scout Cookies

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! It’s the 102nd anniversary of the Girl Scouts, and as I’ve been helping to sell these delicious baked treats, I’ve also thought about the lessons the girls learn every year while selling their cookies. It’s more than just being able to earn badges… selling Girl Scout cookies actually teaches valuable life lessons that impact far beyond the here and now.   Girl Scouts teach important lessons about responsibility, business, networking and life through the sale of the brightly-colored boxes of delicious cookies. Be Fun to Have Fun.  As the band Harvey Danger says in their

Keep It Professional- Ask To Think It Over

In my article 7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude at Work, point number 2 is asking to think things over.  This is hugely important.  “Let me think it over” is infinitely more professional than say, “Over my Dead Body”, “What the ^&*( are you thinking?”, or any of a number of other phrases that spring instantly to mind.  This is usually a great response for those huge requests for things that you really don’t want to do, that sound insanely stupid, or generally have your jaw on the floor. You know, those requests that have steam coming out of

Leadership Has Different Meanings

It is interesting to see how much the term “leadership” is used these days.  Eagle Scouts, and Girl Scout Gold Awards are leadership projects.  Clubs try to teach leadership, and Ravenscroft has started a phenomenal program to teach and instill leadership in the kids that go there.  But with all of that, I think that the term leadership has different meanings to different people. For some people, leadership is about telling others what to do.  To me, that is more about management, than actual leadership. True leadership is more of a question of influence, which is harder to teach.  Anyone

You Are Super Mom

When we lived in Rochester I admired my new friend Mona. We both had young children, I had my two boys Abe my 5 year old and Sammy my hyperactive 18 month old. Mona had 4 children, she was very active at our place of worship. She was cheerful, always volunteering to teach, her dishes for potluck dinners were delicious, she ran the women’s study group, and was beautifully dressed. I did my best to volunteer as much as I could, but it was a struggle. The process of getting the boys into snow boots, jackets, finding mittens, and securing

The Real Life of Comments on Social Media

I’ve seen so many trolls, and snarky comments online that I think I’m pretty immune to them at this point.  Some people are seriously emboldened by their anonymity, and that makes them say things online and on social media that they would never, ever say to someone face to face.  That can be a deadly mistake.  Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that once they post something online, it lives nearly forever.  People can take screen captures of what has been posted, and store those, and publicize them, but the websites themselves are legally bound to keep the data

Leading From Within

A lot of times you’re going to see problems with an organization that you work with.  Honestly, you’ll probably always see opportunities for improvement.  The easiest way to get to real, sustained improvement is by leading from within the organization.  Pointing out the problems doesn’t solve them.  Finding ways to actually solve those problems, building coalitions, and teams, and coming up with solutions is the way to effect real, lasting change. One easy example of this that I can give you is the number of girls on the wait list for Girl Scouts.  There are more girls that need quality

7 Tips To Be An A Player

I think that in our lives there are many opportunities to get ahead, and many ways to fall behind.  Becoming a top performer, or an A player in the work environment and at home are rewarding, fun, and will make a lot of things go easier for you.  It’s almost like you will get the secret keys to the kingdom when you follow these tips.  Some of them are so super simple as to be obvious.  They are simple, obvious, and yet, not everyone follows them.  People we’ve let go, or other people I’ve worked with have consistently failed to