The Disease of Perfectionism

By Mary Shippy   I was in New Mexico a few years ago visiting a Navajo Pueblo.  We were watching the women weaving rugs.  They were beautiful in design and color.  Navajo tradition tells us that every Navajo rug is woven with one very visible and intentional imperfection woven into it.  They believe that this allows spirit and energy to …

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I’ve Been “Should”-ing All Over Myself

Learning to Play Hooky in a “Should Do” World By: Christy Uffelman   I snuck out of work today when nobody was looking. I am writing this post while sitting on my deck, dappled in sunlight, wearing zero makeup and in my favorite robe. And I’m coloring. Yes, coloring. (Apparently as a busy professional, adult-coloring books are the super cool, …

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Align Leadership Christy Uffelman Bother Me


By: Christy Uffelman   I’m an Over-Giver. I listen.  I hold your hand.  I never show up at your house empty-handed (always store-bought, of course, but that’s beside the point). I offer advice if you want it, and will just sit quietly beside you if you just don’t want to be alone. I am there for you. I’m good at …

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5 Questions to Ask When You’re Looking for Feedback

by Jessica Mattern As human beings, we’re naturally curious and desire to have our questions answered. But there’s one area of questioning that overwhelms most of us with anxiety: asking for feedback. It’s not an easy or natural task, asking for someone’s opinion or evaluation of you and your work, but it’s an essential part of career development. We can’t promise …

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Martha Graham on the Hidden Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others

By JAMES CLEAR Agnes de Mille had just achieved the greatest success of her career, but right now the only thing she felt was confusion. She was a dancer and a choreographer. Early in her career, de Mille had created the choreography for a ballet called Three Virgins and a Devil. She thought it was good work, but nobody made much of …

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The Perfect Way to Introduce Yourself (in Any Setting)

By Jeff Haden / Inc. The article below was originally published at Inc.com. While I have no soccer skills, I once played in a fairly competitive adult soccer league with my then-teenage stepson. I was terrible, but I played because he asked me to. (When your kids get older and ask you to do something with them, the first time you say no might …

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Characteristics of Leaders Who Get Hired and Promoted

By Jo Miller Imagine if you had the opportunity to sit down with a senior executive and get the real, straight up truth about what it takes to stand out as a leader in today’s highly competitive workforce. That’s exactly what I got when I interviewed Oracle executive John Hall about the most common characteristics of people in his organization who …

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Making Effective Requests

One of the most common problems in nearly every industry is lack of accountability.  How we make requests and keep our promises gets to the heart of accountability and an organization’s overall health.  Leaders who master making clear requests and then model this behavior effectively for their direct reports play a critical role in helping their organizations run smoothly. The art of making an effective request is …

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Think Responsibly

I’ve been thinking a lot about personal responsibility lately.  About how I (and only I) am ultimately responsible for how my life turns out.   I’m responsible for my successes, failures, relationships, and happiness at home as well as work. I don’t know how we’ve become the society that thinks that responsibility isn’t a great thing.   I’d wager a …

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