Reach for Diversity, Unleash Potential

The Value of Outsiders

I am a career outsider. I have never held any particular leadership position longer than two years, but that’s not uncommon in my profession. Like many of my colleagues, I am a generalist, and resist “expertise” as I see it as a potentially inhibiting label.

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The Power of Change

In 2006, after 15 years as an investment banker, I needed a change. I was in search of the ever-elusive life with “meaning and purpose.”

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Show Me Your Calendar, I’ll Tell You What’s Important

Seven years ago, I was uncomfortably stuck making fear‐based decisions, not sleeping, feeling anxious, stressed and unhappy. I was the president and CEO of a professional services firm that was growing and bringing in big revenue numbers. Everything should have been great, but personally, I was struggling.

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A Meaningful Life

Imagine your doctor informs you that you are very sick and could die in the next few days. How would you feel if, after consulting dozens of top doctors, every major medical center in the United States confirms that you are 100 percent terminal and that nothing can be done?

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Soundless: Breaking Down Barriers

Imagine yourself sitting in the audience at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Fall Commencement ceremony of 2018. Five hundred students have finished their hard work and are getting their degrees, ready to start a new chapter of their lives. Every one of them has their own unique story to tell.

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Inclusion in Action

An interesting thing happens when I ask leaders if they are inclusive. With rare exception, there is an automatic response in the affirmative. Some even take offense that I would question such a thing.

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The Rotten Truth

The fish rots from the head, or so the saying goes.

Every person working in an organization looks to their leader for the standard, and if the leader works at a fairly low bar, the organization will surely suffer.

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Pray, Bail and Shout

Leadership is a lot like fossil fuel — formed from the accumulation of some pretty rotten stuff over time with a great deal of pressure. But my best and abiding leadership lessons are those that involved the kind of immense pressure that results in diamonds.

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