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Leaving…Sometimes You Have to Leave

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Have you ever had to leave someone or some place you love? Have you ever been left behind? Or left for good? You might be interested, then, in my new book which will hit the shelves in mid-late June. It’s a memoir called “Leaving…sometimes you have to leave.” It’s the story of my grandmother’s advice […]

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A STUDY OF ENTREPRENEURIAL CLIMATE: Are you getting the help you need?

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YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS: The Kentucky Entrepreneur Network (KEN) – a program of the 501c3 Small Business Ventures — has been established to connect entrepreneurs to mentors, investors, technical service providers, education resources, professional trainers and consultants to start and grow their businesses. The first initiative of KEN is the Kentucky “Entrepreneur […]

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Unsure of Your Desire?

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“Unsure what to desire, she simply wants.”  Richard Russo, Straight Man Richard Russo gets so many things right in his books, Mohawk, Bridge of Sighs, Empire Falls.  Unsure what to desire, she…we…simply want.  Do you see the difference?  Wants come and go.  This morning I may want an orange, but in the afternoon I want […]

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Leadership Tip #4: Back it up, Check it out

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Last week my computer was giving me hell! Pages that I wasn’t looking for showed up; those that I wanted made a brief appearance and then went the way of UFO’s as far as I can tell. The program wasn’t cooperating and I had no idea what to do next except shut it down. Of […]

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Leadership Tip #1: On Failure

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”     ― Maya Angelou What’s the first thing you read in the Sunday paper?  If it’s […]

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Focus on Leadership

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UK Provost Christine Riordan’s presentation at the October 7th Roundtable gave the attendees a good outline when thinking about leadership.  Her suggestions: Lead with an eye toward excellence. I would add “in everything you do.”  Whether it’s your interaction with customers on the phone, email or text, be positive, not argumentative.  Don’t stretch the truth; […]

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Creating Better Ideas

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One of the learning tasks I’ve taken on in 2014 is learning to blog.  Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  Well, shut my mouth, it is NOT easy.  I attended a class to day, Introduction to Blogging, and understood about 20% of what the instructor presented.  Wanted to get up and run, but…we all know continuous learning […]

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Good Behavior

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Have you ever had a big meeting scheduled and you’ve already got your presentation ready, all the support documents you need…and you FORGET the meeting?  Gross!  It’s happened to me more times than I’d like to count:  meetings with a sponsor or, perhaps even worse, a potential sponsor/client?  I go deep into how sorry I am – […]

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Don’t Let This Word Define You

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You’ve probably heard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, the popular advice book for women, doesn’t like the word bossy.  In fact, she’s so irate that she’s trying to start a movement to ban the use of the word.  According to Sandberg and a few other women—Condoleezza Rice and Beyonce among them– the […]

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Who’s Being Bossy

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I’ve been thinking about words.  The word “bossy,” for example, is one I hear frequently.  Friends and colleagues use it — humorously, they say — to describe my leadership style.  I usually go along with the humor of it; after all, at my age,  I’m comfortable  with the way I am and the way I lead.  That […]

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