Walking the Heart Path: An Interview with Sharon Reed

Sharon Reed does many things. Sharon serves as Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of the Global Girls ProjectTM, a not-for-profit storytelling platform that elevates the importance of character and core values in the global gender conversation. Add into the mix – parent, artist, advocate, author, and much more. Sharon just published Walking the Heart Path:…

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That Time I Was Forced to Unplug

I’ve never been all that good at unplugging. Last week, thanks to a faulty battery in my phone and some holiday traffic on Michigan Avenue, I was forced to spend a bit of time disconnected and without an electronic fix. This time though, the minor inconvenience turned out to be majorly beneficial. It was one…

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Work Is a Blessing

During a recent visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, we went to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Entering an art museum, you never know what you might learn or what creative thoughts will strike. No different during this visit. A quote by Rick Bartow, a prominent contemporary Native American artist, struck a chord….

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The Coming Day After

Big decisions happen on a given day. Although big decisions do not happen every day, we know the big decision or event days when they come. Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States of America, and it is a big day. More than Election Day itself is the coming day after. Tomorrow sets a…

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Discontentment: A Great Leadership Challenge

Discontentment is evident, and it is more than just an election cycle. In the United States, our election is highlighting the discontentment. With the recent Brexit vote, discontentment is present within the United Kingdom, too. Add in Venezuela, the Middle East, and several other places, and discontentment seems to be present in more places than…

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The Necessity of a Quarter-Life and Mid-Life Crisis

A quarter-life crisis happens. A mid-life crisis unfolds. I have thought both are frauds or distractions. Just do your work, and all will be fine, I thought. But not all will be fine. A crisis may be an overstatement. Terminology throws us. Is struggling with where you are with your career a crisis? Is feeling…

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Forget Life Plans. Pull Life Strings.

Many tell us to have a life plan. Even more have a template, unique approach, or special methodology to construct a life plan. Having a plan sounds good, but how many put one together? More telling, how many use a life plan as a monthly guide? I have not. Maybe I should have. I believe…

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5 Signs That Your Calling is Calling

I’m a firm believer that we all have a very specific contribution that we are meant to make to the world – something that only we are qualified to deliver. Some call it a gift, or perhaps our purpose, while others refer to it as our calling. Either way, it’s something that fills up our soul…

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The Power of Example

Father’s Day is over. My first year without buying a card or calling my Dad. At some point, we pass this mile marker in which a father or mother dies. Worse, some never experience a father or mother being present in their lives. In their physical or emotional absence, we search for other examples. We…

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Career Chapters: The Next One

My career life has chapters. I didn’t initially realize this until I made a career shift over twenty years ago. After this change, I began thinking about what would be next, especially as I got closer to the other end of the age spectrum. Thinking about your career life in terms of chapters helps living…

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Shift Winning Well to Creating Well

What does it mean to win well? In business and leadership, I have learned a few things. On winning well, I have learned: Winning without integrity is losing big. Winning without a true collaborative spirit is losing possibility. Winning through self-centered dominance wastes talent and opportunity. Winning by always being right is wrong. Winning through…

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The Mindful Middle of Past and Future

People do amazing things. We are capable to do amazing things. If people are doing things and have the potential to do more, why do many of us feel like we are stuck? Not everyone may feel this way right now, but my guess is most have felt this way at one or more times…

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