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Category Archives: Leadership

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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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Building Trust: Allow your team to take risks and make mistakes while creating innovative solutions.

Booker T. Washington, the famous civil rights leader, understood the importance of earning and giving trust. He was the son of a slave woman and a white man and was 8 years old when slaves were legally emancipated. He collaboratively worked with some of the wealthiest white Northerners and the founders of the African-American movement to fund schools for African-Americans looking for their place in a new, free, but segregated world.

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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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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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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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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!