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Drawing Inspiration from Ai Wei Wei

Drawing Inspiration from Ai Wei Wei

When I was living in Hong Kong, I was introduced to the work of Ai Wei Wei, an artist, political activist and general rabble rouser who pushes back against authority and the status quo. He’s from China, where pushing back against authority is not generally encouraged....

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Erin Meyer’s “The Culture Map”

Erin Meyer’s “The Culture Map”

While teaching cross-cultural leadership at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, I used "The Culture Map” by Erin Meyer at INSEAD as one of our core books.  This book lays out a framework for navigating professional situations when working with people from...

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Jenna Kunkel On Time

Jenna Kunkel On Time

After completing her surveys and publishing her results on LinkedIn regarding Vision and Voice, Jenna Kunkel tackled the question of Time. She surveyed female leaders at Fortune 500 companies to understand how they manage their time. After all, time is a limited...

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Jenna Kunkel On Voice

Jenna Kunkel On Voice

As a continuation to the post titled “On Vision,” I also wanted to share with you the work done by Jenna Kunkel on Voice.   After she completed surveying women in her network about Vision, Jenna turned her efforts to frustrations about how difficult it is to be heard...

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Jenna Kunkel On Vision

Jenna Kunkel On Vision

One of my former students, Jenna Kunkel, reached out to me in her efforts to gain opinions about developing a life vision. She shared with me frustrations that had come up in numerous conversations with her friends and colleagues about hitting walls and ceilings at...

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The Love Languages

The Love Languages

I encourage you to get Gutsy and check out “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. He explains that different people feel loved in different ways—through words, through actions, through gifts, through time, and through touch. Often in a relationship, one person expresses love in a language that the other person doesn’t really understand, and feelings get hurt and arguments can ensue.

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Are Your Biggest Obstacles the Internal Ones?

Are Your Biggest Obstacles the Internal Ones?

Defining your own version of success and pursuing it requires courage and confidence.  There will be obstacles along the way, including criticism and judgment from others if you’re not doing what they expect or want from you; the need for the right kind of support...

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Letting Go of the Way It’s “Supposed” to Be

Letting Go of the Way It’s “Supposed” to Be

When I was seven years old, my church hosted a Halloween carnival complete with a haunted house, face painting, and a fortune teller. I was too afraid to go into the haunted house, but after getting my face painted, I was very eager to hear what the fortune teller had...

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Ditch the Timeline

Ditch the Timeline

One of the hardest things to do is create a vision for your life.  After all, it’s your LIFE. Your whole life. With school and work and friends and family and loves and fun and hobbies and EVERYTHING.  And where do you even start? Most people I know start filling up...

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