Why Good Employees Quit Once upon a time, I made a decision to leave a job. I wanted to no longer have to mute my voice or my presence. I knew I deserved to belong, to be heard, and be appreciated for all that I have to offer. So I left. I was good at my job, and I even had development opportunities in front of me. But I left. And boy, am I glad that I did. Now my story might be unique, but the feelings of being unimportant, unheard, and devalued are not uncommon. I’m sure that every
A way to serve My son recently received a promotion in the civil air patrol. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be at the ceremony, but my husband was there, and he recorded it for me. I watched the ceremony unfold, and I saw my son up there at the front of the room with two senior people, saluting and holding his certificate. But then, I quickly noticed all the new cadets, sitting bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I saw them looking at my son in awe. And as my mother’s heart filled with pride and admiration, I realized the importance of that young audience.
A Common Problem One of the most common questions I get asked usually goes like this: “What do I do if I want to be a catalyst for change, but no one else is receptive?” I can’t tell you how often this comes up. I don’t know about you, but this makes me think of that saying, “If you want to change the world, you have to begin with yourself.” That’s the kind of saying they have painted on a classroom wall, but that saying has truth to it. And anyone who has tried to be the change within their
Dedicated to my Children Someone recently approached me and pointed out that the two books I have written have been dedicated to my children, not my spouse, not my mother. For me, this was common sense. My children have taught me more than anyone else has about leadership. They are the foundation of my leadership journey, and they are my daily inspiration. Teamwork: A Canoe Lesson The first example I want to share is one I actually share in Chapter 4 of my book, The Art of Caring Leadership. My second oldest son is incredibly independent. He is a self-starter and
A Princess Diaries Moment I was recently on a plane and had the opportunity to watch a movie. I chose The Princess Diaries. A classic rom-com, traditional royalty meets the average teenager. In one of the earlier scenes in the movie, the main character, Mia Thermopolis, and her best friend, Lilly Moskovitz, are chatting in gym class. legacy Mia says to Lilly, “What’s so cool about being a princess?” to which Lilly responds, “It’s having the power to affect change. What teenager do you know with the power to do that?” This little exchange struck me. I thought, “Wow, they are hitting