The Story of Joe…

Moving Employees From Mediocre to Outstanding using the iLEAD principle. Joe*  was the guy on my team who stood out by being defiant on my first day.  Although we addressed that problem and he apologized, he continued to be inconsistent in his behavior and results. He came to work every day dressed in the same gray

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Chaos and Goodness

Chaos It’s six p.m. on baking day.  There are sprinkles, sugar, crushed peppermint, flour, and chocolate chips on every counter and on the floors.  All available counter space is covered with ingredients, cookies cooling on racks, cookie sheets, wax paper, and kitchen tools. The sink is full of soapy water and dirty dishes. The burnt

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5 Leadership Lessons From Wonder Woman

With the premier of Justice League right around the corner, it’s a great time to look at the leadership lessons we can learn from Diana Prince. I watched with pride as Diana navigated an unfamiliar world, all the while discovering the purpose for which she was created! She is every person who has ever accomplished

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7 Extraordinary Lessons for Accomplishing Your Dream

My little one, Allie, is about to turn 10 years old. Being a social media savvy kid (she did grow up with a mom who worked in technology) she created a wish list on Amazon and sent me this message. “I really, really want this hoverboard. Can I get it?” “Sure,” I said. ‘Do you

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Ruthless Prioritization

Are you going home drained at the end of the day? So busy at work you barely have time to visit the restroom? Or you go to the restroom to get moments of silence? It’s time for ruthless prioritization.” The National Academy of Sciences conducted a study about decision making and found a phenomenon known

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10 Leadership Lessons from the 2016 Athenas – This is How We Do It!

The 2016 Athenas  Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa Community Colleges, Catherine Alonzo, Javelina, and Rebecca Clyde, Ideas Collide participated in a panel discussion at the Professional Women’s Alliance luncheon last week. There was all kinds of awesomeness happening in that room, and I took pages of notes as these talented and smart ladies answered questions about their

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5 Things To Do Now For More Happiness

There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. – Mother Teresa Feeling stuck? Got a big thorny problem overcrowding your path?  Here are 5 ways to conquer the cactus and go through the door to happiness. Challenge Challenge your way of thinking. Often times when we are stuck, it is because of

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Walking the Via Dolorosa

We began our journey on the day of our visit at 5:30 in the morning as we walked/prayed through the Via  Dolorosa (the actual stations of the cross.)  It was early dawn, before the markets were open.  We were there during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, so in old Jerusalem, we walked underneath lights strung for

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