A Warrior’s Song

It’s mid-morning. It’s dry, dusty, hot and almost 100° F. I’m walking through the market in Old Fangak, South Sudan.

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The Accidental Leader

I never set out to be CEO of a hospital. I actually had aspirations of beauty school in my younger years, as I always liked helping people feel good about themselves.

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Active Listening for Active Leading

I am the newly appointed Dean for the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and this past year has been one of personal firsts: It was my first appointment as a university Dean, and the first time moving my family to live in Alaska.

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The Boulder Problem

Leadership and rock climbing have striking similarities. I recently watched Free Solo, the 2019 Oscar-winning documentary about Alex Honnold’s ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. The climb is 3,200 feet straight-up, and free soloing is ascending without a rope.

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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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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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