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Are you ready to become an “all in” leader?

Indulge me for a moment and try to visualize a typical leader. Maybe you’ve been lucky and have a choice of great leaders to bring to the forefront of your mind. Many of you haven’t been so fortunate. You’re likely picturing someone who’s a huge presence — height and...

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The key business lesson I learned as an 8-year-old

Forget the clichéd lemonade stand — my 8-year-old self wanted to stand out from the entrepreneurial crowd. For me and my good friend Julie, sandwiches were going to be the key to our fortune! Clearly the future founder of Subway had no cause for concern, J&L...

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8 ways to work hard and play hard this summer

Summer officially starts next week — a time when kids are getting out of school, afternoons are getting warmer, the nights are getting longer, vacations are being planned and motivation for actual work may be at an all time low.   Living in the Pacific Northwest, most...

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The communication equation for extroverts

You’ve done it again! You desperately clamp your hand over your mouth, wishing you could scoop the words back in as if you’d never uttered them in the first place. It’s not that you’ve said something offensive. You haven’t insulted your entire team. It’s just that...

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What’s your personality type?

Are you an adventurer or a logician? An extrovert or an introvert? Type A or Mr/Mrs Easygoing? If you’re anything like me, you've probably been lured in by more than one online test that will tell you “who you really are”. You’ll be promised “spookily accurate”...

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The unexpected benefit of making a mistake

I didn’t see it coming. Friday morning, I greeted the barista, picked up my usual latte, made my way into the office. Just one more day until the weekend — I was feeling pretty darn good. The first clue was the whispers as I entered the office. “Is she here?”, “Does...

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Right and wrong: A case for ethics vs morals

Ethics and morals — they’re the same thing, right? Potato…po-tah-to. Well, no. Despite the fact that many of us (me included!) sometimes use the terms interchangeably, they’re actually two distinct concepts. Of course, most of the time it doesn’t really matter if you...

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How to Communicate with a Multi-generational Workforce

I was 25 and single when I bought my first house. On my own. My parents didn’t co-sign — it was all on me. What an achievement! A huge step on the path towards the “American Dream”. Until my boss at the time burst my bubble, ever so slightly. His response to my new...

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How to Be a Courageous Leader

“Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible” — Aristotle. Aristotle was a big fan of courage. He thought it the one human quality from which all others spring — and he was really on to something, especially when it comes to the question of what...

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