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Can Anyone Do Strategy?

Being in leadership usually means you have to get strategic about your mission. But what if you don’t think you were “built” for strategy? It’s possible that you even avoid it and just focus on the day-to-day of what needs to be done right here, right now. What if I told you that’s a part…
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I Want a “Do-Over”

By Annie Perdue Olson | October 8, 2020 |

We all make mistakes or get results that are less than what we expected. It’s all too easy to get lost in trying to fix or overcome mistakes. Sometimes it’s okay to just let them be. Let me share an example. Fall is a busy season for most of us. Often, new programming launches. And…

Navigating the Undercurrents of Change

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 23, 2020 |

“People don’t change when they are told to. They change when they’re inspired and motivated to.” ~Max Yoder, Do Better Work We can draw up plans. Lay out timelines. Designate the technical and financial resources needed to succeed. And still have change fail. That’s because change is more than the technical side, there is a…

Ways To Make Learning Stick

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 10, 2020 |

To lead others through uncertainty amidst the waves of change calls for continual learning and the application of this learning. We may indeed be facing challenges we have never seen before, but humans have the capacity to keep on learning. It’s not just learning something, but making the learning “stick”. Two tangible ways to make…

When a Microexpression Says it All

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 2, 2020 |

Noticing people’s expressions and following your intuition to uncover what is behind that expression has the power to fuel camaraderie in the workplace.  As I sat across the table from the CEO, he excitedly described his latest and greatest project. He always had terrific  ideas that energized me. But, as he described the role he…

Kindness Ignites Camaraderie

By Annie Perdue Olson | August 26, 2020 |

In times of uncertainty, activating kindness in the workplace can create a necessary shift. We don’t often think about kindness as a leadership strategy. However, right now it could be the most essential strategy you engage with your teams to help them thrive. A recent gallup poll describes the protracted, dynamic nature of the pandemic…

Does Camaraderie Imply Commonality?

By Annie Perdue Olson | August 19, 2020 |

What we have in common can be a powerful springboard to meaningful connections. It’s often easier to connect with people who are like us. Similar personality styles, similar values, similar life experiences, or similar interests. The list can go on. The more intersecting points the easier it can be to build camaraderie when we work…