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Category Archives: Inspiration

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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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Diversity PRIDE: Learning and growing from experiencing the LGBT community

One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned about being true to myself was while serving on the HP PRIDE Executive Advisory Board. I consider myself an ally to the LGBT community, which means that I openly support the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people. As an executive, I was asked to serve on the advisory council representing my business group at HP.

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Work: Can it be fun? Absolutely!

Can leading an organization or project with challenging goals, occasional turmoil and never ending change be fun? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, if it’s not fun then why bother? Obviously the popular answer is ‘because I need to make a living!’ I do understand and fully appreciate everyone’s need to bring home a paycheck; I do not mean to patronize this basic need.

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Women Leaders: Why Women continue to be underrepresented in top leadership positions

With all of the efforts over the past 4 decades on diversity and women in leadership, there continues to be a huge gap. Women represent over 50% of the populations yet in the US continue to represent less than 17% of the C-Level (Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, etc…) and Board of Director Seats. Why is this?

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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.

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Can you hear me now? Listen to yourself and others to be connected to the creative principle.

How often do we spend time reflecting and listening to our own inner thoughts in order to connect with our authentic self? I have spent a great deal of time in India for business and pleasure. On an extended visit, I spent time at the Art of Living Foundation, an ashram led by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

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Authentic Leadership: The power of having passion for what you are leading

Is it possible to be an effective leader if you are not passionate about what you are leading? Can you act the part and convince your organization or team that you are enthusiastic about the mission you are driving? While it is possible to lead something you are not passionate about, you will not be as effective or enjoy the experience as much.

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Steve Wozniak: Lessons from a true inventor entrepreneur

If you ever have the opportunity to listen to Steve Wozniak speak on the origins of Apple, his love of inventing, or anything really, take it. I had that opportunity recently and was truly inspired to hear this humble, down to earth, self-proclaimed geek!

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Young Women Leaders: The Future looks Bright!

Last week I had the honor of spending a couple of hours with two amazing young ladies thanks to an introduction by my friend John Kunhart – thanks John! First let me describe Sara, a student at MIT studying Math and Computer Science. She is spending the upcoming summer in New Zealand as one of the programmers for the special effects for the Hobbit movie that is being filmed on location – how cool is that?!

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Finding Purpose: Leading in your life by focusing on your passions

There comes a time in almost everyone’s life that the world knocks, asking to be addressed. Sometimes it is a gentle, persistent rapping heard during international flights while gazing out the window at the mesmerizing clouds. Sometimes the call comes in the form of a knock on the side of the head when you read a headline or see an injustice that just won’t let you turn away.