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Life of Significance

5 Ways to Cure Your Perfectionism

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I have always been drawn to heroic leadership. Great leaders faced with impossible odds doing great deeds. But in an upcoming episode of the Beyond the Crucible podcast with Professor Joseph Badaracco of the Harvard Business School, we touched on another approach to leadership: quiet leadership which he discussed in his book Leading Quietly. We went on to focus for much of the podcast on Professor Badaracco’s latest book Step Back, which explores how leaders can reflect during their busy lives.

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5 Tips to Quiet the Impulse to Lead “Heroically”

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I have always been drawn to heroic leadership. Great leaders faced with impossible odds doing great deeds. But in an upcoming episode of the Beyond the Crucible podcast with Professor Joseph Badaracco of the Harvard Business School, we touched on another approach to leadership: quiet leadership which he discussed in his book Leading Quietly. We went on to focus for much of the podcast on Professor Badaracco’s latest book Step Back, which explores how leaders can reflect during their busy lives.

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Good Leaders Listen: 7 Tips to Lead Through Crisis

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In times of crisis, such as the times we are now living in with the health concerns surrounding COVID-19, uncertainty about the economy and many people feeling excluded, leadership becomes even more critical.  Clear and decisive leadership would seem to be the order of the day. You feel that you need to move now — less talk, more action.  But yet when you give the call to act, nothing much seems to happen.  Why is that? Why does it seem no one is listening to you – at least not well enough to get what needs to be done accomplished?

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Grace and Tolerance: The Antidote to Anxiety and Stress

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We live in an almost unprecedented time of stress and anxiety with the global pandemic of the coronavirus.  We don’t know how long this crisis will last, when there will be approved safe remedies to treat the virus or still less when there will be an approved vaccine.  Many have been furloughed from work, unsure how long their businesses will be able to survive and how long they will have jobs, assuming they still have jobs.

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Choosing Hope: 8 Tips to Move Beyond Fear

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Typically, when we face an obstacle, especially a major obstacle, we tend to think, at least in the moment, this is the end.  Especially if it is a serious health diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, or losing your job or the company you started.  That is normal.  Our first reaction is almost never, “Oh joy!  An obstacle!  I am sure this will be a great learning experience.  I can’t wait to see what unfolds.”

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Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: Reflect, Reframe, and Cast a Vision

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Typically, when we face an obstacle, especially a major obstacle, we tend to think, at least in the moment, this is the end.  Especially if it is a serious health diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, or losing your job or the company you started.  That is normal.  Our first reaction is almost never, “Oh joy!  An obstacle!  I am sure this will be a great learning experience.  I can’t wait to see what unfolds.”

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Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Purposeful Legacy: How will you impact those that knew you?

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When we think of legacy and purpose, it can be intimidating.  When we are gone, how do we want our loved ones and friends to think of us?  What will be our legacy?  Do we want to be remembered as someone who worshipped the almighty dollar and would ruthlessly destroy anyone in our path?  As someone who was always out for ourselves?  Someone who did not really care about anyone other than our self, indifferent to the suffering and pain of those around us?

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Mission Drift

Avoid Mission Drift: Stay Focused On Your Purpose

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It is hard enough to find your mission, your purpose in life. But our mission, our purpose in life, can drift if left to its own devices. Years down the track, we might be a long way from where we started. But not by choice, by drift. Mission drift. For anyone passionate about devoting their life to a higher purpose, a cause that is focused on helping others — a life of significance — that is a sobering reminder. Mission drift can happen. To anyone. It’s a bit like an ocean liner: A slight shift in the rudder by a few degrees can lead to a significant change in course. You might have been heading to France, but you ended up in Iceland.

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It’s a Crucible Life: Lessons in Significance from a Christmas Movie Classic

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The Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life ends on an upbeat, inspirational note fitting for the season it celebrates. George Bailey, the reluctant head of the small building and loan founded by his father and uncle, is saved from ruin by the generosity of the citizens of Bedford Falls. They show up at his house on Christmas Eve to give generously from their modest means to help George make right an accidental and potentially catastrophic $8,000 shortfall.

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