Olympic Lessons in Leadership

Olympic Lessons in Leadership

Photo by Martine Jacobsen on Unsplash Olympic Lessons in Leadership It’s the Winter Olympics and I am getting my fill of sliding and gliding.  Some sports make me wish I were out there and some make me glad I’m enjoying them on the sofa. Another thing I love about the...
Test Your Assumptions

Test Your Assumptions

Test Your Assumptions   Rewards   I adopted Murphy, our dog, from a shelter when he was five years old.  I made a lot of assumptions about how to be a good dog owner, based on all the reading I’d done.  Most of the time, I seemed to be on the right path.  I did...
A Healthy Tension

A Healthy Tension

Photography by Eva Doyle.  A loom warped and ready to go. A Healthy Tension For a long time in my career, I was uncomfortable with conflict.  The roots of that go back to my childhood spent with an alcoholic parent, but as Judge Judy would say, that’s a discussion for...
The Power of Simple Tools

The Power of Simple Tools

Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash Sometimes I marvel at how simple tools can make hard jobs easy and easy jobs almost fun.  Take, for example, a good pair of work gloves.  It’s amazing how much more you can do with just a bit of protection on your hands.  How much...
Times Up, Indeed

Times Up, Indeed

Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash Times Up, Indeed As a leader at any level in any organization, you will find yourself drawn into controversies and conundrums that will test your leadership character. In London, certain rich and powerful gentlemen, and their...
7 Things to Learn From Judge Judy

7 Things to Learn From Judge Judy

Photo courtesy of  www.weisspaarz.com Seven Things for Leaders to Learn from Judge Judy I am a big fan of Judge Judy.  I’ve learned a lot from watching her show, such as the definition of a contract, never co-sign a loan, and don’t date deadbeats.  Like many...
Prepare to Show You Care

Prepare to Show You Care

Prepare To Show You Care When you take on a leadership position, you may be surprised at the number of things you suddenly are expected to make decisions about.  One of those is weather. “Weather?” you’re thinking.  “Seriously?  You want me to think about weather when...
7 Ways to Move a Mountain of E-mail

7 Ways to Move a Mountain of E-mail

Many of you are coming back from some time off, and are already dreading how much e-mail is in your inbox.  No question, it’s an issue.  Here are my top 7 ways to handle a large volume of unread e-mail. Delete it all.  While I personally don’t have the guts to do this...
Spider in the Water Bowl

Spider in the Water Bowl

The other morning, as I fed the dog, I noticed something in his water bowl.  I thought he must have dropped food in there, so I picked up the bowl, ready to dump it into the sink and get him fresh water.  It was only at that point that I noticed the object was a spider.