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Offer Solutions and Options

One mark of a leader is someone who doesn’t just see problems, but instead will offer solutions and options to solve the problem.  It is very easy to see what the problems are.  It takes an entirely different mindset to figure out how to solve it, and start doing so. So, which one do you…
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Find Beauty in the World Around You

Consider taking a moment to stop and reflect on the world around you.  My eldest daughter has recently taken up photography, and I’m starting to see the world through a different lens.  A very beautiful lens.  It has been a reminder to me to stop, slow down, and really look at the world around me.…
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Be Assertive

Many times women will say something along the lines of “Do you think you might maybe be able to perhaps do this thing for me?”.  We’re trying to be overly polite.  But what we really means is, “Do this, please”.  There is a huge difference in how the two are parsed by the intended recipient.…
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Defy Stereotypes

It’s human nature to make snap judgments about one another, based on appearance, accent, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and so on.  Sometimes those stereotypes are true.  In general, women are physically less “strong” than men.  But being a woman does not mean that somehow I am less good at math, science, or other topics.  I…
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Set Goals Then Tell Others

One of the most powerful ways to set your direction is to begin with the end in mind.  So, it is great to have goals, and know what you’re working towards.  But this is really part of a multi-step process.  I would argue that you should set goals then tell others.  By sharing with others…
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3 Lessons Learned From The MBA

Going into the MBA at Duke, I expected to learn a few things- and there were a lot of lessons learned from the MBA.  I expected to learn about accounting, statistics, marketing, cost accounting, and more.  I expected to make some network connections, and to experience some excellent teaching.  The things that I didn’t expect…
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Keep It All In Perspective

One of the hardest things to do at work, or in life is to keep it all in perspective.  At the end of the day, what is the real cost of a mistake?  What is the benefit to you of doing something, or meeting a deadline?  What will people remember about you when you’re dead?…
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5 Tips to Build Relationships at Work

One of the keys of a good leader is someone who cares for those around themselves, and who has relationships with others.  You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat others.  Networking and building relationships doesn’t necessarily come naturally, especially to women.  So what is a person to do? Here are…
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A Real Leader Builds The Next Generation of Leaders

I’ve heard it said, that anyone can have followers, but a real leader builds the next generation of leaders.  I think that is very true.  It is not so difficult to get other people to follow you, if you are smart, and charismatic. How do you build the next generation of leaders?  What does it…
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When All Else Fails…..3 Tips

Despite the best of planning, things sometimes do not go well.  In fact, sometimes things go horribly, terribly, and most fantastically wrong.  In fact,  I’m currently digging myself out from under a mountain of Girl Scout Cookies in the garage, that we haven’t sold yet, because the weather hasn’t cooperated.  So, what do you do…
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