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Category Archives: Authenticity

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Character Building versus Comfort – Take action early to keep the business going during difficult economic climates!

How often do we have the opportunity to choose between character building actions versus those actions we find comforting? While in a meeting with my colleague Bonnie Ferreira, the CEO of American Leadership Forum-Mountain Valley Chapter, she made the comment that she was making a conscious effort to choose character building over comfort.

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The Inward Journey: How taking time to reflect will make you a more effective leader

Have you ever taken the time to get away from daily responsibilities and truly look at where you are in your life and where you want to be? I did just that over the last 48 hours in a cabin in the mountains by myself. I had been thinking of doing this towards the end of the year but I hadn’t decided exactly how I would go about it

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Inspirational leadership – Women in coffee working together to improve the lives of women and their communities around the world

Every once in a while there is an experience that is so incredible it’s hard to know how to describe it. This is the situation with my recent trip to El Salvador in Central America. I was asked to do a keynote speech at the International Women’s Coffee Alliance Convention. The IWCA is an organization that strives to create a difference in the world of coffee. Their mission is to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.”

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Following your Bliss: Taking time to reflect on your life journey

It’s important to reflect every now and then on our lives to determine if we are on a journey that will be remembered as a good journey only to be defined by the traveler. Campbell’s example of Indra’s Net of interconnected gems is an apt metaphor to contemplate.

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Cruising Diversity: A kaleidoscope of cultures converge on the seas

I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. One thing I loved about this cruise was the diversity of cultures of both the crew and the fellow cruisers. There were 42 countries represented from the cruisers and over 50 countries from the crew.

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The Leader vs. The Business: A perspective on the conscience and the bottom line

I had a very interesting lunch this past week with Garry Tabor, a fellow board member who is the President of a distribution company, Heico Distribution Group, LLC. In the course of our discussion he made a statement that really resonated with me regarding the “conscience” of a company. We were discussing the hard decisions leaders of a company have to make along with how the company and its leaders are held accountable.

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Be the Buckle: Leadership Lessons from an Ultra Runner

How does a person prepare to run 100 miles climbing over 18,000 feet and descending close to 23,000 feet in elevation throughout a course that is on a wilderness trail and fluctuates from extreme cold to extreme heat? And did I mention the 100 miles is run in one day by many of the runners?!

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Be the Change: Flowing with the inevitability of change will help you survive!

Some people are more comfortable with change than others. Taking an organization or situation from one state and transforming it to another — whether it is business, personal or making the world a better place—is what I truly enjoy, what I thrive on. It comes from my childhood. My father is a retired admiral from the US Navy. We were a typical military family; by the time I was 12 years old I had lived in 11 different residences across multiple states.

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Lead with Fire: Inspiration from the recent graduates of the Air Force Academy

I had the honor of attending the graduation of the 2011 class of the United States Air Force Academy. My niece, Maggie Goff, was one of around 200 women out of 1021 graduates in this year’s class. What an amazing young woman she is! Attending a four year university is rigorous enough; add on top the military training and regimen, wow.

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The New Leadership Imperative: Top ten things you must build into your leadership toolkit to thrive in the next decade

The world is evolving at a rate that is challenging everyone to keep up! As leaders we must evolve with these changes in order to be successful. There are many dynamics that come into play in the business environment, and life in general. We have globalization of our economy which translates into many cultures coming together in organizations and throughout your customer base.