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Here's why bold leaders are more successful There are two reasons why people separate themselves from the crowd: they are either bold leaders or timid followers. The rest of the herd sticks together

Purpose – First we – both as individuals as well as a company – need to define the purpose, meaning, the “Why” – in non-financial terms; then the “What” and the “How” will be much easier – and much more satisfying, – Dieter Langenecker

Purpose – First we – both as individuals as well as a company – need to define the purpose, meaning, the “Why” – in non-financial terms; then the “What” and the “How” will be much easier – and much more satisfying, – Dieter Langenecker

How do you design and implement enterprise-wide support solutions for your newly-hired ? and Rose Hollister, who ran McDonald’s Institute, will demonstrate on February 28th, 2018 with 3 client case studies:

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Are your Soapboxes Productive?

You’re leading a meeting with your team and are updating them on a less-than-ideal situation.  As soon as you finish, you know it is coming.  The response from your team can take many forms.  I strive to be a servant leader who values transparency so I am open to any feedback at any time.

One response sometimes frustrates me.  It is what I call “idealistic grandstanding”.  You can also refer to it as an “unproductive soapbox”.

It usually starts with a member of your team saying, “I believe…” and laying out multiple concepts that would apply if it were a perfect world.  All the concepts are true and right.  Everyone on the team rationally agrees with them.  

There are cases that the idealistic riff uncovers new ideas and paths that are worthy of consideration.  But, in my experience, the speech is mostly designed for that person to somehow claim some sort of high ground where there really is none.

As the leader of the team you must listen and respond. Your response usually takes two forms. First is to isolate some of the key points and explain how one or more initiatives that are in progress are addressing those very points.  Too often this is reinforcing things that the grandstander should already know.  Second is to explain that while some of the key points are valid, they are not things being addressed at this time.  More than likely, they may be beyond the control of this team or there may simply be other goals that are of higher priority at the moment.  Again, my experience is that the grandstander already knows this.

If it happens once, then it is not a big deal. However, some are more apt to try and seize the floor for grandstanding than others.  

The truth is that we all do our share of idealistic grandstanding.  I know I am particularly guilty of this.  Often it is in the form of a vent triggered by a less-than-ideal situation.  

In general, I don’t like idealistic grandstanding because it is not productive.  All it generally does is remind the audience of how imperfect the situation is.  It is just words and not actions.

So, what is my point?

When you realize you are starting to make a speech or vent, take a strategic pause.  If you are just repeating a speech you’ve made before, do you think your audience really wants to hear it?  More importantly, what are you going to do about it versus just talking about it?  You are passionate enough about it to make a speech, but are you passionate enough about it to turn it into action?  Are you passionate enough to work with your team to better the situation if you can?

Going forward, I promise to watch my idealistic grandstanding/soapboxing/venting.  Will you do the same?

16 and Overwhelmed

I have been serving as a volunteer High School Youth Leader at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Littleton, CO since spring of 2015. In fact, it’s where I met my soon to be husband, Geoff. But this piece is not about me. It is about the dozen or so teenagers we have done life with for almost three years now.

St. Philip is about 2 miles from Columbine High School. I have the honor of living in a very strong community who has overcome great sadness, confusion and pain. This is not where I am from, so I cannot claim the feelings of those who lived through Columbine in 1999 and then Arapahoe High School in 2013 to be mine as well. But I can listen to their stories. Everyone has a story.

The average age of the teens Geoff and I work with is 16. That means they were born after the tragedy at Columbine. But the experience continues to live in their school’s hallways. On Wednesday nights, we meet at church to talk about life, Scripture, God. We play games and plan service projects. The past few weeks we have had heavy talks about what it means to be a Christian, but more than that, what it means to be a member of humanity in 2018. We talk about mental illness and household make ups. We talk about grief - losing loved ones. Losing a parent. We talk about divorce and drugs and alcohol. The kids discerned that they should be a friend to everyone, and really ask HOW SOMEONE IS DOING.

They acknowledged that social media and technology can be isolating. And sometimes those platforms can also be liberating, you can say something online that you wouldn’t actually say to someone’s face. Geoff and I are 28 and 26, so the teens always say, “when you were our age you actually had to call someone. Or if you made plans, you actually had to show up and couldn’t bail through a text message.” Which, come on, I got texting in 2008, I’m not THAT old.

And then there’s the pressure. A few girls shared how they feel pressure from their parents to act like adults - have a job, drive a car, take care of younger siblings, find a college, while at the same time not have the freedom to go on dates or keep a cell phone past 9 PM. (I don’t know how much of that is true about the cell phone), but I understand, at 16 you have to balance almost being an adult - it’s like Jesus explains his Kingdom to be - almost here, but not yet.

So maybe as adults we can step up and stop minimizing youth - they have voices that need to be heard. They can remind us of who we used to be - teenagers just like them, confused about life moving faster and faster and not knowing which direction to go. Many teens don’t know how or what to feel.

One girl, a student a Columbine shared that the media has been coming to her school following the shooting in Florida. They ask students to comment on what they think about guns and the student walkouts. These kids weren’t even born - I myself was only 8 years old. Yes, the shooting legacy is still part of their community but I don’t think we should be telling teens what they need to feel or that they have need to have an opinion on something. Let them figure out and express things for themselves. They might surprise you with a deep original thought. In fact, I know they will.

As adults we owe our youth the opportunity to experience and live. Of course they need to be guided and protected but they also need space to make mistakes including building and ruining relationships. But more than that, they need to feel compassion, they need feel love and when someone asks for help or tells someone what is going in their life, we ought to listen to HOW THEY ARE REALLY DOING.

Our culture has a human problem. A fear problem. Yes, even a gun problem. But if we want to change gun laws, we need to change minds first. Let’s talk.

I have learned so much from the dozen teens I get to hang out with on Wednesdays. This past summer, our trip to Louisiana to rebulid homes was amazing. We laughed, we cried, we worked but most importantly we were in true community. I call adults to step back into the shoes of a 16 year old. Remember how much you had in front of you, how scared you were at times.

How overwhelming it can feel to be almost, but not yet.

My disclaimer is that I share this in confidence so no youth names are used  and that I don’t have all the answers - just stories to share. Perspective to learn.


What has INSPIRED you recently⁉️

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There is inspiration all around us.

We just have to see it.

But sometimes there are bigger moments of inspiration.

Today I just want to give kudos and gratitude for two big things that have positively affected me in the past week.

In today’s 3-min video I share:

1. How the Black Panther movie inspired on many levels: to see such diversity, enriched cultures, strong women roles, where one is a general and the other is the top scientist, and gender doesn’t even matter. On top of that the overall theme that we all need to help one another no matter how advanced we are and how many resources we have. ✅

2) The students at Stoneman Douglas are among the most courageous & honest game-changers for standing up for so many vulnerable and innocent people’s lives. For the first time in too long, I feel hope about gun regulation, a very sensitive and important issue. I truly hope their #NEVERAGAIN movement becomes as powerful as the #MeToo one. ✅ 🙏✊🏽


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3 Thoughts on Quality Leadership Roles and What’s Next

Today’s workplace environments are in critical need of Quality professionals who are ready to lead by example. The role of Quality has changed over time. In turn, so established and new Quality professionals must emerge as Quality Leaders of Worth in today’s digitally transforming environments.

This post offers three thoughts on the critical importance of the quality of Quality leadership.


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Non-elite MBA or Masters in Leadership Degree - does it help for advancement?

I am starting a new position soon - I work in fraud analytics/risk management and have about 10 years of experience in this field. I have a CPA and my background is in accounting, but I don’t have an MBA and I don’t have a long track record of being a people leader because I have always been the ‘data guy’, the 'analyst’, etc…

When I start this position, the company I work for has a pretty decent tuition reimbursement program. Should I take advantage of this to get an online MBA or Masters in Leadership? Or should I just pick up some books on leadership and try to become a better leader on my own…and hopefully it will be recognized in my new workplace so that, over the years I can advance?

In other words, is it the degree that matters or the ability?

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Mental Wellness and Education Access Task Force - APPLY

ASUW has made it a goal this year to help combat challenges around mental health and student wellbeing. Access to resources and barriers to education are big focuses of ours. As a student leader we would like to invite you and members of your community to apply to be a part of our Mental Wellness and Education Access Task Force.

You can find the application and more information here:

Please share the opportunity with fellow peers, friends, and members of your community on social media or other communication channels. This application will close tomorrow, Thursday February 22nd at 11:59PM.


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