Orienting with the Heart

I moved to Ghana, West Africa, prior to my senior year of undergrad to participate in an education abroad program. I was leaving the comfort that I knew to live in a new culture for an entire year. I traveled farther than ever before to a continent I had never seen. I didn’t know any… Read more »

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Credibility, Integrity, and Accountability

We all have moments when our credibility is on the line, and this was one of them. I was visiting a long-term client’s office, where just two hours prior I had presented a training on conflict and accountability to the entire human resources team. I winced as I heard a highly visible, veteran employee named… Read more »

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Forget the “New Normal”

The “new normal” is a tired and meaningless phrase. Do a Google search. I did, and Google returned this: “About 4,960,000,000 results (0.68 seconds).” That’s close to five billion—with a capital “B.” Let’s agree on this from the start: There is nothing new or normal in 2022 except for the unrelenting pace of change that… Read more »

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What Corporates Can Learn from Start-Ups

It all started with £20,000 for a coffee-machine at the new Kipferl Café and Kitchen restaurant in Corums Field, London. I’ve spent the majority of my career in large, global companies, but roughly 15 years ago a friend gave me my first opportunity to invest in a start-up: his hospitality business.

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Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges

I am convinced that those of us who dedicate ourselves to public relations are at the same time builders of bridges because bridges shorten distances, overcome obstacles, bring people closer, and open communications.

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Overcome the Imposter

My grandfather and father are both entrepreneurs, so naturally, being an entrepreneur was a dream of mine growing up. I remember selling handmade pipe-cleaner flowers and concocting other business plans as I sat in the office of my grandmother, who was the CFO. I

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Leadership as Advocacy

Our job does more to define us than any other factor in our lives, which means work matters. Work is the primary determinant of economic security, social status, and the structure of our relationships.

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Chess, Donkey Kong and Minecraft

I have always thought of business in terms of a game. I suppose thinking of it in this context helped relieve the intensity of the day, eased difficult decisions and reduced the seriousness of the competition.  In the event I did not prevail at the challenge of the day, the imagery of a game reminded… Read more »

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Embracing Inclusive Entrepreneurship

The word entrepreneurship often invokes an American romanticism of living the dream. For some, it is power and others wealth. For me, entrepreneurship means freedom. Freedom to choose my path, pursue my passions and do my laundry at a convenient time. Even more significantly, it is the freedom to determine the role I will play… Read more »

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