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Leadership Isn’t Always Loud

I work in a very highly technical field.  I’d say it’s pretty safe to say that most engineers are not exactly outgoing or gregarious.  In fact, most of them can be downright antisocial.  They are introverts, quiet, and they are leaders.  In fact, some of the quietest people I know are the best leaders.  People…
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Think Before You Speak

One thing that really makes me cringe in the workplace is people- NOT-  thinking before they speak.  They say things that have much broader implications and interpretations.  They make sweeping statements, and broad generalizations.  They will make personal attacks.  They are vulgar in their commentary, and frankly downright rude at times. Words Maim.  They cut…
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I’m Not Perfect (But Neither Are You)

It’s true.  None of us alive is perfect.  I’m not perfect.  I don’t walk on water, part the seas, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t jumped any buildings in a single bound lately.   The expectation of getting everything 100% correct, 100% of the time is unrealistic.  This is especially important when leading others.  Pounding…
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I Couldn’t Make This Shit Up If I Tried

Some days my life is truly more bizarre than fiction.  Truly.  I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.  And believe me, I’ve tried.  The latest is another story in the ongoing saga with my father who is in failing health.  He has Parkinsons, dementia, and really, really hates actually doing anything for himself.…
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Take Time to Flood the Bathroom

Tonight when I came home, I headed straight for the bathtub.  Knowing that I likely was going to have a parade of kids coming through while I was in there, I decided to fill the tub with an egregious number of bubbles, and hop in.  Sure enough, I had all four kids in there at…
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Perspective

At the end of the day, I have a roof over my head, my children are safe in their beds, and food is in their bellies.  That is not true of so many families in Oklahoma tonight.  I think that it is events like this that put life into true perspective.  At the end of…
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There Are Some Surefire Ways to Demotivate Your Employees

Just as there are plenty of ways to motivate people, there are also many surefire ways to demotivate employees.  I came across this article today on demotivating employees.  Note that it’s easier to demotivate and annoy people than it is to get them to do what they should do.  If you engage in any of…
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Motivating Others

Motivating Others to do something can be quite challenging.  Whether it’s motivating my children to study in school, do their best at a particular activity, or actually do their chores, it can require a lot of creativity.  Fortunately for me, I get to use those same skills at work, to motivate others.  Well, I don’t…
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Highs and Lows

Saturday was one of the best days of my life.  It was the day I graduated from Duke with my MBA, or Master’s of Business Administration.  But as with everything in my life, there are always highs and lows.  The low that followed has been a tough week at work, and a tough week with…
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Channel Your Inner Bitch Sometimes

You really do have to channel your inner bitch sometimes.  Not to be cruel, or unkind, or deliberately mean. You need to do it to avoid being walked on like a doormat.  I guess it’s part of being a woman- you are raised to always be a good girl, and be nice. Always be nice.…
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