From the category archives:

Self Awareness

Put Away the Poker Face

February 13, 2015
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Have you ever worked with someone who always left you wondering, “I wonder what he’s thinking?” Approachability is an essential leadership trait, and if your teammates can’t read you, they aren’t sure how to approach you. Some leaders use their stoicism as a guard, while others aren’t even aware that their subtle actions (or inactions) […]

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Because It’s the Right Thing to Do

January 26, 2015
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You don’t always get to choose who you’ll lead. In fact, more often than not we do not get to choose our colleagues or our fellow volunteers. We rarely have much, if any, say in who’ll be our boss. Yet once we start working together, we often see areas where these teammates or fellow volunteers […]

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Don’t Take it Personal

January 22, 2015
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“Don’t take it personal!” Haha! Isn’t that a statement we’ve ALL said and heard at least a handful of times in our lives? When we’re the ones saying it we usually mean that our comments or criticisms aren’t meant as an insult or an attack. We’re just focused on the issue at hand. When we […]

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Where’s Your Sense of Urgency?

November 20, 2014
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You’re furiously working on multiple projects, doing your best to keep from dropping the ball on any one of the numerous items you’re juggling. Yet, your boss is in his office down the hall quietly wondering why you’re dragging your feet on a couple of his priority projects. Doesn’t he know you’re working as fast […]

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Smart or Wise Leadership: Why It Matters

November 16, 2014
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This past week I was visiting with a comrade regarding smart people who aspire to be leaders. This led us to discussing the difference between having wisdom and having knowledge. Most leaders love to have smart, knowledgeable people on their team. After all, that’s less pressure on the leader to have all the answers, right? […]

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Where’s Your Sign?

November 2, 2014
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We have signs all around us. Many signs tell us what to do, where to go, or what to be aware of. Most signs are designed to help us. While running the other day I started to make note of all the man-made signs along the trail. I wanted to challenge myself by making a leadership […]

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The Struggle with Pride

October 23, 2014
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If there is one temptation nearly all of us struggle with from time to time, it is pride. Pride is one of the greatest afflictions of leaders. It is seductive, making us think more highly of ourselves than we should. Yet, shouldn’t we be proud of our accomplishments? As the old saying goes, if you […]

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Finding Contentment

October 6, 2014
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How do we secure contentment? Is being content a goal? Is it a destination, or is it our journey? Don’t we all want to be content? Is contentment a reaction to good things happening in our lives, and if so, can we be discontent when bad things happen? As a woman of faith I know […]

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It’s What You Don’t Say That Can Matter Most

October 2, 2014
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I recently had the opportunity to interview a potential new teammate. Several people within our organization knew this person, so he already came to us with positive recommendations. And I liked this person. We haven’t hired him yet, but he might eventually join our team despite the fact that his first couple of interviews didn’t […]

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Don’t Waste Your Adversity

September 29, 2014
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Adversity… the space where God does amazing things in and through us. It’s motivating to me that the word “adversity” starts with “ad.” It makes me realize that when adversity hits us we become an ad, an advertisement, a commercial. What message are we sending when adversity hits us? Are we advertising something others will want […]

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