Tag: leaders

Giving Back To The Community

A non-trivial percentage of my time is spent giving back to the community, through volunteer work, and through fundraising.  I noted in my profile that I currently lead three Girl Scout Troops, and also that I lead a cub scout den.  I think that giving back to the community is a great thing to do,…
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5 Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

There are so many common mistakes that entrepreneurs make that it’s possible to write several books on the topic.  In fact, it would be like shooting fish in a barrel to name a bunch of the most commonly made mistakes.  In fact, I’ve made a few of these in my career, and will share them…
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Always Get Better

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ Even if you’ve been doing the same job for the last 5 years, you can always get better. There are always to learn to be more efficient, more pro-active, and generally do things better. One of the things that I’m learning as I get older, is that even when I’m the…
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Think First Then Respond

Tip #2 to maintain a professional attitude at work  is to think things over before you respond to them.  This is especially true for the things that you get asked to do and think “over my dead body” on. Chances are, you’re going to get asked to do tasks that don’t appeal more than a few times…
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Life After Changes

The last few years of my life have seen dramatic changes.  Both of my parents have died.  I got my MBA from Duke.  I started several companies.  All of these are big changes.  Life still goes on.  There are still so many aspects of my life that are exactly the same as they were before.…
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7 Easy Steps to Sink Your Job

As a manager, leader, and company owner, it is always interesting to me to see people’s behaviors.  You’d think that if they’re being paid well for a position, that they’d be on their best behavior, especially in front of the boss.  Surprisingly, that isn’t always the case. Easy Steps to Sink Your Job Bring your…
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Living Your Principles

I recently adopted three adorable kittens.  Within 24 hours, it was apparent that one of them was ill, and needed veterinary care.  We got him to the vet promptly, and were informed that the little guy has a birth defect– a vascular ring anomaly.  We had two choices.  Have him euthanized, or take him to…
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7 Tips for Managing Text Messages

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ The sheer number of text messages we get in a single day can be mind-boggling. Back and forth – Do this! Hey, did you remember that? What’s for dinner? Who’s going to pick up the kids. Beep.. Beep.. Another text, and another! They keep adding up. You can’t control how many…
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Encouraging Girls to Lead

  I spend a considerable amount of my time leading three Girl Scout Troops.  One of the biggest gifts that the program gives girls is the opportunity to lead, in ways that other organizations simply don’t.  Since there are fundamental differences in the ways in which girls and boys interact with the world, I think…
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Think Before You Hit Send

In an article about maintaining a professional attitude at work, the first thing I mentioned is that you should think before you hit send on emails, texts, or making phone calls.  Communication can be really tough, as intention can’t always be read, and when you throw in time and distance from the person you are…
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