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self-re·li·ant   [self-ri-lahy-uhnt, self-]
adjective – relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.
“Rugged individualism and a sense of personal responsibility.”
Synonyms -independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.

Welcome to Ireland – 2015!

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Ireland | 0 comments

Welcome to Ireland – 2015!

Here we are in Dublin at Trinity College starting our two-week course on Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland!  We’ve got a great group this year – 7 MBA students, 6 business students, one teaching assistant, and a videographer for the first day.  The students are diverse in background, perspective, and future goals.

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What a Near Perfect Team Taught Me

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Leaders, Learning, Teams | 0 comments

What a Near Perfect Team Taught Me

I recently had the privilege of leading an expedition with six amazing men, and I’ve been racking my brain trying to process the learnings. With most teams – new or old – there is at least one breakdown that hopefully leads to a breakthrough in performance, growth, results and development. We had numerous breakthroughs, but not one came from any sort of breakdown. It’s pretty amazing that six strangers came together for four days without at least one conflict, disagreement or general agitation! It just didn’t happen, and what follows is what I have “processed” so far on why I think we had uncommon success.

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What can I teach a Green Beret? by Jim Vaselopulos

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Teams | 0 comments

What can I teach a Green Beret?  by Jim Vaselopulos

I recently had the good fortune to join an expedition in the Canyonlands of Utah with an extraordinary group of men…

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Risk < Resourceful + Resilient

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

Risk < Resourceful + Resilient

The three R’s when it comes to leadership – Risk-taking, Resourcefulness and Resiliency.

RISK – Many of the top leaders I meet want their managers to take risks.  When I ask, “Is it OK to fail here?”  You can hear a pin drop.  They say, “It depends.”  Then I ask, “Do the managers know the ‘rules?’  Do they know what the expectations are with regard to their authority?”
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iLead – the Leadership Connection with Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

iLead – the Leadership Connection with Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.

Episode Description:

Leadership and organizations that focus on developing great leaders have been proven to have better business results and cultures of high performance. Leadership is truly the force multiplier of any organization. But having great leaders and being a great leader does not come without a lot of “blood, sweat and tears.” Being a leader is a privilege. Leadership is about helping others connect the dots and master their own destiny. (more…)

The Blood Sweat and Tears of Leadership

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Leaders, Learning | 0 comments

The Blood Sweat and Tears of Leadership

I am appearing on Dr. Linda Sharkey’s radio show tomorrow, and I think she pulled the title above from this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr9Q29XAg18

Linda is an HR Executive and Business Strategist with experience in Fortune 10 companies coaching and developing leaders and teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. (more…)

Is your team making your job easier, or harder? Five Solutions.

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

Is your team making your job easier, or harder? Five Solutions.

If your answer is easier, congratulations! If your answer is harder, you are certainly not alone. The frustration I hear most often expressed by leaders is that of time. No time to think. No time to work on the important things that aren’t urgent, but have the potential to propel the business forward. No time for important things other than work (i.e., family, vacation, adventure, civic or charity work, etc.).

We’ve all heard the “right people in the right seats on the bus” stuff, but replacing your entire team is only easy on paper. The fact is, you hired your team because they have the skills, bought into your vision, and were likeable. Sure, they may have disappointed you since your hired them; but you probably aren’t the leader they thought you were either. Over time, you’ve both uncovered each other’s attributes and flaws.

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Four leaders – five lessons – one thread

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

Four leaders – five lessons – one thread

In the past few weeks I spoke to four highly regarded executives. We didn’t talk about their achievements, because their learning, growth and development from setbacks and struggles were far more interesting to them.

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The one thing horses can teach you about leadership…

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

The one thing horses can teach you about leadership…

I recently had the opportunity to see Jean-Jacques Joris in action, and spoke to him about his work with mindfulness, psychotherapy, life-coaching, and leadership training… with horses.  A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Joris spent 15 years in the Swiss foreign service where he was confronted with acute human suffering while also witnessing the power of human resiliency.  Wishing to shift his focus from the political to the individual realm, Jean-Jacques now builds bridges among people of different cultural, political and religious backgrounds.

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Is Leadership an illusion of Control?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Is Leadership an illusion of Control?

Leaders are comfortable with being uncomfortable; because they know every life event thrown their way can be a tremendous learning experience. Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing your perspective on every day experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

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