24
Nov

For the last week of my (Karen’s) management class, I shared the concept of positive leadership by our mentor, Dr. Kim Cameron, professor emeritus at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michian. As I expected, my students really resonated with this type of leadership style. They have already seen it in their […]

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15
Nov
Leadership Lessons from Garfield: Having a Purpose
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Garfield’s first job on the canal was as a driver, the lowliest position among a group of rough, and occasionally violent, men. As the months passed, he became increasingly comfortable with the life he had fashioned for himself. He knew that the work he was doing, and the men he met along the way, likely […]

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28
Oct
Leadership Lessons from Garfield: Dignity
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“Although Garfield understood clearly, and at times painfully, that he was poor, he had inherited from his mother an innate dignity that never failed to inspire respect. His mother was fiercely proud that she and her children had “received no aid, worked and won their living and could look any man in the face.” Even […]

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13
Oct
Leadership Lessons from Garfield: Humility
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“I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.”— Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic (p. 18). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. President James A. Garfield was able to say this because […]

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5
Oct
Leadership Lessons from Garfield
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I recently finished a terrific book, Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard. This biography of President James A. Garfield, about whom I knew very little, despite having taken two U.S. history courses in high school, had so many leadership insights that I thought I’d share them with our followers here. I’ll be quoting from […]

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11
Sep
Sirius/XM: You’ve Lost our Signal
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Twice a year, I go through the same rigamarole with Sirius/XM, and I only have myself to blame. I should just cancel my subscriptions, but Karen depends on it to keep awake on her commutes to Campbell University, an hour each way. By threatening to cancel, I am always offered a better rate than the […]

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9
Sep
Rebuilding Trust
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This week, I’ve been asked to lead a workshop on rebuilding trust. As we talk through the steps of what we need to do to rebuild trust, it is good to remember that we can’t do it alone–it takes both parties to rebuild trust. We might have all of the good intent in the world […]

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10
Aug
Are you a Trusted Leader?
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How to make sure you are on the right track. People don’t always come out and tell us that they trust us (although they might actually tell us that they don’t). How can we be sure that we are intentionally acting in ways that build trust with others each day? Start with acting reliably: Do […]

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6
Aug
How can your college alumni network help you further your career?
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A recent Gallup article noted that only 9% of college grads say that their alumni network is helpful as they look for jobs. This low number is surprising, as this is one of the reasons many students will choose a particular college: access to the alumni network. When do you remember first reaching out to […]

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9
Jul
What are the best interview questions?
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A friend is interviewing for a new job and she asked what I knew about behavioral interview questions. I explained that these types of questions are really about how you have handled certain situations in the past, such as working on a team, managing a difficult customer or your own work style. These questions are […]

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