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Inspire Others? Yes You Can

What does a leader do to inspire others? And how can you, as a leader, awaken this positive and powerful source of human potential? Inspiration is derived from two Latin words, in and spirare, translated as “to breathe in”. It is, perhaps, … Continue reading

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The Profile of an Inspirational Leader

Written 8 years ago with my wife Kris MacKain, Ph.D. So what does an inspirational leader look like? As a leader, you have a vision of where you want your organization to go. You know you need to inspire individuals … Continue reading

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Leading a “Barn Raising” – What’s Your Story?

What’s your story that grabs people emotionally and best describes your unique contribution to your organization or community? I know of a Technology Executive who describes himself as a “breaker of glass”.What’s unique about this metaphor is that his organization needed someone … Continue reading

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Living with a Narcissist

Whether we admit it or not we all feel the hurtful impact of “me-first” people somewhere in our lives. Maybe one of your parents or your partner or your boss was/is a narcissist. You never felt heard by him/her,  consistently had your own … Continue reading

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See You At The Top – Qualifiers for an Executive Position

Today I asked a senior executive whether one of his direct reports “had the right stuff” to become an executive. He answered, “While he is great at what he does right now, I don’t see him as one of our … Continue reading

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Finding the Master Key in a Cross-Cultural Conversation

We are always wanting to make more effective cross-cultural connections. But what cultural key do we reach for when we begin our conversations? Are we left to hit and miss? Is there a tried and true strategy we can use? … Continue reading

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Managing Compassion Fatigue

  Compassion can have a short shelf life. That fact alone can make it very lonely and confusing for anyone in need. All of us have felt a pang of pain when folks seem to disappear on us during our … Continue reading

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The End of Self-Improvement

Let’s take a break from self-improvement. And then find ways to get off the hamster wheel of self- judgment that often comes with the sense that we are somehow inadequate followed by the drive to improve the self. Why do … Continue reading

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Our Hurried Lives

   “I’m late. I’m late. For a very important date! No time to say Hello! Goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!” The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland The whole world seems to be telling us to “hurry up”. … Continue reading

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Graciousness

Think of a person who embodies graciousness. What personal characteristics come to mind? How do you experience that person? On the other hand, think of the polar opposite of graciousness. A person with such a disposition typically is self-centered, brusque, … Continue reading

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