Upside Challenge

Why Asking Great Questions is Key to an Effective Plan

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffet The 1st pillar in my 7 Pillars of Leadership is: Great leaders – or leaders worth following – start with a written plan. To create an effective plan, they understand the importance of asking great questions and making asks…

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Why Being a Vulnerable Leader is a Good Thing

When I first started to write my newsletter, I avoided writing anything that was vulnerable. While I wrote about my personal experiences, in my head I made up a story that people wouldn’t see me as successful if I was transparent.  And, if they didn’t see me as successful, they wouldn’t like me let alone…

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Are You Tired of Going it Alone?

I fell in love with Sandra Day O’Connor in 1991 when she was appointed to the Supreme Court by then President Ronald Reagan. As the 1st woman to serve on the court, I felt somehow secretly connected to her. Over the years, I watched how the media criticized her every move in ways that were different…

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Decisions – Why You Need Your Head and Your Heart Involved

By definition, the human heart is “a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation.” In 7th grade science class, I learned human beings have a four-chambered heart, made up of two atria and two ventricles. The heart is also defined as “the central or innermost part of…

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