Why Ethical Leadership is a Sacred Duty

Becoming a VA whistleblower was not on my bucket list, and it remains my most challenging leadership decision. Facing this enormous challenge, while difficult, was also the catalyst for tremendous personal growth.

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Lessons from the Stage

It is truly majestic observing a ballerina on stage. Years of dedication, grace, technique, and grit are blended with the imagination of a composer and the artistry of a choreographer. Few activities pull together the complexity of acting, music, and pure physicality in the manner of dance.

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The Power of Pause

With the dawn of each New Year, I deliberately reserve quiet time to take the opportunity to evaluate the last 12 months as they relate to my years on Earth. Through the impact of COVID-19, its variants, and newly imposed ways of life, I admit that, like many, I have adapted and made the best… Read more »

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Fight, Flight, Freeze

September 5, 2008, is the day the world as I knew it was over. The call was brief but to the point. “Hey, it’s Linda from the bank. I wanted to give you as much notice as possible that the FDIC is shutting down the bank. I know that this is a complete surprise, as… Read more »

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The Power of Interpretation

I recently attended an incredibly impactful seminar. While there, I heard the following: “Face it, you are a meaning making machine,” “there is no inherent meaning in anything in life, only the meaning YOU gave to it.” I must say I was puzzled – along with everyone else in the room. I didn’t quite get… Read more »

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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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The Rust of Legacy Thinking

Floating in the ether is hard. The ether being an aspect of change, the space between what we have known and that which we will come to know. This place, uncomfortably devoid of the familiar, especially over prolonged exposure, leaves many disoriented and flailing as the moorings that have defined our experience, and therefore our understanding… 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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Leading Through Wicked Problems

We have all lived what feels like a decade throughout the last year and half. Many are feeling exhausted, burned out, on the edge, and are having serious reconsiderations of their careers, locations, and what aspects of life and work are individually important. These questions and dilemmas are all understandable because we have been living… Read more »

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