How to Have a Terrible Day

Last week found me at the Louisville airport. I’d just finished up a presentation and was heading home. I sat quietly at the gate and began to organize my bag before boarding….which is when I opened my wallet, looked down, and panicked. It was just like in the movies, when a character realizes something has gone terribly amiss.   The reason for my...
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The Thing That Makes You Less Likeable

Recently I attended the wedding of a former colleague. It was an amazing affair, filled with premier entertainment, succulent food, lots of people in attendance I wanted to know. And one I didn’t. At least not anymore. I actually knew him already. We’d met once, several years before. But that was enough. At the time he’d just moved to San Diego, and hated...
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The Most Important Decision Leaders Make

Today’s post comes by way of request. A few of them, actually. It’s a bit of information plus a lot of warning. I begin with a few moments from some recent posts. See if you notice a theme. Don’t talk trash about your organization to others, with the exception of a few, trusted people. Don’t whine, complain or let off steam to others, with the exception...
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How to Keep From Messing Up Your Life

Recently I was invited to join an amazing new group, one that would get me in the same room with some big names in town. We would gather together for five blissful meetings I imagined the incredible people I’d meet, the stimulating discussions we’d have. Oh, how they'd love me! Then I learned the meetings would be held on Friday evenings. Five of them. ...
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When Toxic People Invade Our Space

I got an interesting tidbit of news last week. A colleague – Tanya - was booted from my book club. If you’re wondering why I found this so…interesting…allow me to lay it on the line. Truth is, Tanya and I don’t really get along. We actually did like each other back in the beginning, when I was new on the scene and she reached out. I really appreciated h...
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How Strong Leaders Solve Their Big Problems

Running an organization is not an easy thing. I did it for seven years and know for a fact it’s actually a hard, messy, emotional thing. It is also, of course, fulfilling and satisfying. But that last part was easy to forget when I was running things, especially when it came down to budget season. I hated budget season. Most nonprofits do. I went through i...
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