leadership

Remote work doesn’t have to feel remote

For 21 years I’ve led a team of what in our pandemic world has been dubbed “remote workers.” I am not a huge fan of that word, since I don’t believe it accurately describes the kind of collaborative work we do. But I do value it as a creative way to deliver great service to…

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Giving thanks to the men in our lives

Leaders come in many shapes and forms with various personalities, strengths and weaknesses. While the same can certainly be said of fathers, there is another underlying aspect to dads everywhere that in some ways is far more powerful than the picture of your average leader. Without trying to sound too awestruck, there is a deep…

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What’s on the mind of business owners?

Business owners have a lot on their mind these days. Among other things, they may be: Trying to figure out how to manage a remote team. Encouraging potentially nervous employees to come back to the physical workspace once shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. Reinventing how they safely deliver their product or service to customers. Realizing…

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Leadership + Communication = Better Organizations and Engaged People

There are a number of people who believe communication is easy for business leaders, but nothing could be further from the truth. I learned this as a result of a graduate certificate course I recently completed on Communication and Leadership. A leader is not only expected to communicate, but communicate well because their organization and…

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Taking the Lead

Taking the lead. Talking the talk and walking the walk. It’s often up to us as leaders to meet these standards. Each of these phrases may have a certain meaning to us, and as leaders we may wonder: why do we have to do them? At the 2019 Global Leadership Summit, I was able to…

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Persistence Pays Off

The field of public relations requires several skills, among them: strong writing skills, understanding how to target the correct media outlet for a story, being able to succinctly deliver a pitch to a reporter (in one minute or less) and, finally, persistence. For me, persistence is about putting in hard work and not giving up….

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Zombies!

Have you noticed the recent preoccupation with zombies in television, movies and video games (think “Walking Dead,” “Z Nation” and “World War Z”)? And what is a zombie, anyway?  Well, according to Dictionary.com and Wikipedia, a zombie is a corpse “reanimated through various methods, most commonly magic.” But what I want to know is: are…

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Do You Work in a Zoo?

“Sometimes I feel like I work in a zoo.” That was the comment shared with me by an employee of a business I was visiting. No, she wasn’t referring to her coworkers. She was talking about the plethora of animals in the office – people’s pets (dogs of all sizes and shapes from what I…

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Cheers to the Risk Takers

I was at a business event and ran into an acquaintance who, the last time we met, had a successful freelance writing business. She told me she had moved from freelancing back into a gig for corporate and it was “such a relief not to have to worry about getting paid,” etc. I reflected on…

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Words of Wisdom

Of course, the writer in me had to take notes. Take notes where, you may ask? At the first annual Summit of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Alumni in Washington DC in February. (You may recall that I wrote that the whole experience felt like “Disney for business.”) So here are some words…

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