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What About The Boys?

I spend a lot of my time and energy focused on helping girls defy stereotypes.  Girls should not be limited by their gender.  Help Girls see and realize their full potential.  We’ve spent years changing the mindsets of our teachers, and even the format of our classrooms to better accommodate girls’ learning styles in the…
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My Leadership Style

While I was studying at Duke, I had the opportunity to take a number of surveys, and spent a lot of time reflecting on my strengths and weaknesses as well as my leadership style.  At times, the results of the surveys were surprising, and at other times, they were exactly what I expected.  I learned…
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Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say

One of the things that drives me wild in life, and particularly in the work environment are people who tell little white lies.  Or half truths.  If you ask them to do something, they may nod, or say yes, then somehow it never happens.  Often.  Why is that?  I know that certain cultures have a…
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Some Days It’s About Damage Control

Today felt like one long exercise in damage control.   Between my dad being sent to the wrong hospital by EMS in the wee hours of the morning, over the caregiver’s objections,and some stuff at work, I’m starting to wonder who next in my life is going to be sent to the wrong place.  After…
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Next Generation’s Leaders

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of eating lunch with three girls who I am pretty sure will be next generation’s leaders.  They are three girls who collectively sold almost 9000 boxes of girl scout cookies this year, and are the three top sellers in our council.  The girl in the middle is my youngest daughter,…
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Just Another Typical Day

Sometimes people look at me like I live in a circus, or something when I tell them about my life.  You can be the judge of that.  Today was just another typical day.  I got up, and worked out.  I went to work, and juggled balls in the air, and nudged people and work along.…
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Lead By Example

Aside from doing well in my current career, I think that one of the most important things I can do as a female in a leadership position is to lead by example.  I make a point of working with girls in Girl Scouts, and next year I’ll help lead my youngest son’s Cub Scout Den.…
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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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