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Lessons in Humility

My Grandmother would use the phrase: “He’s getting too big for his britches!” This had nothing to do with pants, what she meant was the person was beginning to feel a bit too conceited, or in other words: thought of … Continue reading


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Dusty’s Run Home

Whenever we went out riding, there would come a time when my pony would run home. Dusty, my spunky Shetland pony would get tired of the ride, or bored. He was a stocky little guy, pure muscle and covered with … Continue reading


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Best Organizational Tool for YOU!

As someone who wears lots of “hats” and is involved in many projects, organizing all my activities can become very overwhelming at times. I’ve tried many different systems and what I’ve found is that there is no such thing as … Continue reading


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Pick Up The Broom

When I was young, my Dad told my sister’s and I a story about how he had been looking to hire some new guys to help out on a construction job, and the trick he used to make sure he … Continue reading


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Question Everything

Trust is essential to any organization. You want to trust your leaders, your members, your staff, everyone involved. But the problem with this trust is that over time it can become a blind trust. Blind trust is not healthy for … Continue reading


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Celebrating Accomplishments

How do you help your board or staff celebrate accomplishments? If you find you’re not celebrating much, it’s possible that it’s not because you’re not accomplishing anything but instead that you’re not measuring anything. You might just need to back … Continue reading


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Holding To Traditions

I love traditions. In my family culture, in the organizations I work in as well. Traditions bring people together by helping us tap into memories of past times where we did the activity and these collections of shared memories bond … Continue reading


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Give The People What They Want

It’s the thing people think but never say out loud: “What’s in it for me?” As a leader with employees, board members, or other people working under your leadership you need to be thinking it too. Ask yourself why each … Continue reading


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A Leader’s Song

As owner of Patty Cake Preschool, I decided our school needed a song. With the help of my sister, I soon wrote one, taught the children, and it quickly became our signature performance at all graduations and during the summer … Continue reading


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Get Outside Your Bubble

What is the “bubble” you work in? Everyone has one. Early Childhood. Medicine. Elementary Schools. Coaching. Business. Adoption. Camping. Publishing. There are thousands of “bubbles” we work in every day. The up side to this is that we begin to … Continue reading


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