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Leading the Way to Confidence

Confidence can come and go. One day you have it and the next it waffles. Even the most successful leaders have moments where confidence drops out. All the past successes are forgotten as we stand there facing the next challenge. Why don’t our past experiences help us maintain confidence in the face of uncertainty? Because…
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Why Should I Be a Mentor?

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 14, 2021 |

Being a mentor will cost you something: time, effort, energy. Busy leaders have limited capacity and many things that make demands on that capacity. So, why would you even consider being a mentor? Some become a mentor because they see the long range impact of developing the next generation of leaders. Others choose to mentor…

Expand Your Mentorship Circle

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 7, 2021 |

Achieving our goals has gotten trickier in the last year. As we head into a new year, I would like to propose that a key factor in reaching our 2021 goals may be expanding the way we think about mentoring.   “Mentor” is a verb as well as a noun. It’s entirely possible for someone to mentor…

So, You’re Looking For A Mentor

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 31, 2020 |

Great leaders have personal growth plans. No matter how seasoned of a leader you are, we all have potential for growth. Someone out there is further along. Someone out there has experience to add to your thinking. Someone out there has questions you haven’t even thought to ask.  Mentors are all around us. Who makes…

Can Mentorship be Reciprocal?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 24, 2020 |

We have heard that it is better to give than to receive. The beauty of reciprocity is that when it comes to mentoring both giving and receiving can co-exist. Mentoring, however, is not on the “radar screen” for everybody. It may be easier to put mentoring to the side because of the energy and effort…

Taming the Triggers

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 17, 2020 |

Crazy, busy life reactions are amplified when we have some “history” that can pop up at the most unexpected moments. One leader I talked to summarized the conditions as ripe for triggering the past with words like: Exhaustion. Scattered. Juggling. Relationships are also fertile ground for triggering unexpected responses within us. Put on the stress…

Moving Beyond Pivot to Creativity

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 10, 2020 |

I love words. Finding the right way to translate  a thought,or concept into an insight is one of my favorite things. Communicating knowledge in a way that makes it tangible and relevant is something I strive to do. Yet, there is a word that has started to leave a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. It’s…