What Graduates (& Grownups) Don't Know About Their Skills

What Graduates (& Grownups) Don't Know About Their Skills

I'm headed to two graduations this weekend, and that sea of caps and gowns makes me think back to my own transition from those "time-honored walls" into the real world. 

Here's a snapshot of baby Carole Ann, with my mom adjusting my silly hat and glasses; I was SO ready to close the "good student" chapter of my life and take the world by storm. But there was a hitch: I graduated with a liberal arts degree and absolutely no understanding of how to frame my skill set. (Can I get an amen?)

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What is Authentic Leadership?

What is Authentic Leadership?

“Authentic Leadership” is a phrase that I've seen popping up in a lot of different places lately — so much so that it's turning into a bit of a buzzword. But it's also an important concept that lies at the heart of my business.

The phrase can mean a lot of different things to different people — to some it means cultivating a deep sense of self-awareness, to others it's bringing your whole self to work, or it can also be about developing honest and transparent relationships with colleagues and direct reports. 

While those are all good things, authentic leadership means something a little different to me…

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What's in Your Recipe Box?

What's in Your Recipe Box?

I'm a gal that loves a good meeting. Wait, I'll say that again: I love a good meeting. There is an art to setting up and facilitating an effective meeting—and it's one of those opportunities to step up as a leader, whether that status is embedded in your title or not. When you facilitate a meeting that respects others' time and leads to productive forward movement, people take notice.

I have a recipe box on my desk that is filled with recipes for a good meeting.

Rather than ingredients for a soup, the cards detail ways of facilitating individual and community reflection, checking in on the status of a collaborative project, and building trust and a shared knowledge base in teams…

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