Love of Leadership!

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and President’s Day—love and leadership. We are in love with leadership, more than we are in love with each other. This is unfortunate and something we must address—just not in this post. For now, we will stick with the subject of leadership—specifically leadership theories. Why? Because to…

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Servant Leadership For Social And Environmental Justice

Whether we are talking social or environmental justice, we are talking about people issues. Humanity and nature are inseparably intertwined, and servant leadership is the perfect leadership style needed to address the challenges our planet faces. The term servant leader, as used today, was coined by Robert Greenleaf in his 1970 essay The Servant as…

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Listen, I Need You To Hear Me

In my last blog post, I addressed love in the workplace. If you didn’t read that post, you are probably thinking it had to do with romantic relationships at work. It didn’t. Rather, the post addressed how validating people would cure the epidemic of loneliness that is pervasive in our society and at work. In…

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Cure For An Epidemic

I am coming at this month’s blog post from my position as a human resources professional. No, I don’t play one on TV (even though I record videos for my employees on YouTube); I am one. As you are aware, we are in the middle of a pandemic caused by a virus. We are also,…

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Don’t Social Distance, Just Stay Apart

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in this worldwide pandemic, good manners, good hygiene, good science, and good sense demand that we keep our distance from each other—our physical distance. We are now living in a world apart from each other—or should be. But we don’t have to be isolated. Isolation and loneliness are…

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How Do You Look?

In quantum physics there is a theory known as the observer effect. In short, the idea is that by simply observing something, in this case a subatomic particle, you change the thing being observed. From a physics perspective, this might be troubling. How can one be sure one is observing the “real” nature of a phenomenon…

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Different Directions

When you do things differently than everyone else does, that make you an outlier? An oddity? A rebel? What about a problem solver? The answer to these questions depends a great deal on why you are being different. I have been pondering the value of being different. Many of our current environmental problems—a warming climate,…

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Conservation HeRo

I am the Director of Human Resources at an AZA accredited zoo, which is for several reasons, one of the best jobs on earth. First, I work at a zoo. Really, if you don’t get that, then just move on. Another reason it’s one of the best jobs, you can be a hero and save the…

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Disney Dollars

Have you noticed? Disney has a lot of money. They can thank my family and me for some of it. Every time they build a new theme park, roll out a new attraction, make a movie (okay forget Star Wars), or launch a cruise ship, it’s impressive. They really know how to do it “right.” When it comes to entertainment, they have not…

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Real People, Not Actors

My acting instructor, Julie-Anne Liechty says, “Acting is being real in pretend situations. Anything else looks like acting.” To paraphrase the Chevrolet commercials, however, most of us are real people, not actors. (Although I have met some pretty real people who are actors and some “real” people who are anything but.) Even if you never…

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