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“The soul never thinks without a picture.” ~Aristotle I recently had the opportunity to participate in the first stage of a strategic planning workshop for a community organization where I volunteer. The session was facilitated by Jim Haudan, CEO of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” ~ Dorothy Day, legendary social activist This is a guest post written by Elizabeth Conlisk, Vice President... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“If you think you can do it or you think you can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford This image greeted me on my way into my office yesterday. I just completed my first week in my new position as President of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. ~Henry Ford Yesterday, The CPA Consultants’ Alliance (CPACA), an alliance I helped cofound earlier this year, published our first white paper: CPA Firm Leadership: Communication Drives... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” ~John Wooden In last week’s post, I shared the news that I’ve accepted the position of President of Toledo St. Ursula Academy and Junior Academy. My start date is October 1st. I’m excited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~Henry David Thoreau Dear Friends, Over the last six years, I’ve had the privilege to work with many outstanding leaders and teams, helping them to reach their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams Great leadership doesn't require a diploma or a degree. It's not reserved for some elite group of people.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Anybody can become angry-that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way- that is not within everybody’s power... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
It’s back to school time. Lots of parents I know are experiencing the angst that comes with their child’s first day of school. Whether its kindergarten, high school or the start of college, regardless of how old they are, these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Patience is not passive. On the contrary, it is active. It is concentrated strength.” ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton I had a coaching meeting this week with “Rick,” a Partner of a very successful CPA firm. For some background, Rick is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The coaches who win are the ones who can motivate their players.” ~Vince Lombardi For us mere mortals, the 2012 Olympics has certainly been a display... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Carpe Diem! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary.” ~Dead Poet’s Society We’re at The Lake this week. It’s our time during the summer to re-lax, re-charge and re-connect. To shut down from the everyday busyness of our lives and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Derice, a gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without one, you’ll never be enough with one.” ~Irving Blitzer (played by John Candy) from the movie, COOL RUNNINGS One of my all time favorite movies is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“The first and simplest emotion that we discover in the human mind is curiosity.” ~Edmund Burke Remember when you were 6 and you drove your Mom crazy asking questions that began with words like: Why? Who? When? Where? How? and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“In these troubled and uncertain times, we don’t need more command and control; we need better means to engage everyone’s intelligence in solving challenges and crises as they arise.” ~Margaret Wheatley Command and control leaders. You love to hate them.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~Thornton Wilder As an American, I’m celebrating the Fourth of July this week. For many, the day is filled with summer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
My coaching client, Barbara (not her real name), has an excuse for everything. Nothing is ever her fault and her colleagues say she is a master of escape, leaving the scene when the conversation gets intense. Her defensive communication style... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eye for an instant?” ~Henry David Thoreau My dog Zoey should have been named “Radar.” She has an uncanny ability to sense what family members are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head, it is the unique intersection of both.” ~David Caruso My last three blog posts discussed your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“At its core, trust is about relationships.” ~David Maister In my last two blog posts, I talked about two of the five key EQ skills needed to move from technician to trusted advisor: self actualization and emotional self-awareness. It won’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“He who knows the universe and does not know himself knows nothing.” ~Jean De La Fontaine So you’ve decided you want to move from technician to trusted advisor. Last week’s blog post introduced the first required EQ skill of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
”Giving advice is not an exclusively logical process, but rather an emotional duet played between the advisor and client. If you cannot learn to recognize, process and respond to a client’s emotions, you cannot be an effective advisor.” ~David Maister... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“We grow the aspects of our lives that we feed-with energy and engagement-and choke off those we deprive of fuel. Your life is what you agree to attend to.” ~Jim Loehr Mark,* a high level CPA with a Fortune 100... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.” ~Michaelangelo Michaelangelo said that in sculpting his masterpiece “David” that he was merely chipping away from the marble everything that was not David. In other words, one needs only remove the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook
“It is the men behind who make the man ahead." ~Merle Crowell My daughter Emily, soon to be a law school graduate, is an extra in The Avengers movie that premieres today. That’s her, in the back left. I can... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at TheLeadershipNotebook