Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is- an exercise in planned sponteneity

I am a planner. At times I absolutely own the title of "over-planner" or "Julie, Cruise Director" that my husband bestows on me. Mum, wife, business owner, event planner and only 168 hours in a week, what being organized does is actually give me the maximum free time for the things I cherish, time outside, a glass of wine and a movie night, hanging with no agenda with the family.  I...

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The ABC’s of my values

(photo credit http://angela-vandenbogaard.deviantart.com/) Did you know that the root ball of a tree mirrors its leaf span?  I think of values as the root ball of my tree... me, who I am.. steadying me in the wind, my anchors. Naming those values though can sometimes be tricky and today.....I found a site that lists over 400 values! With a glass of wine in hand I went through the...

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Are leaders born or grown?

This is something I spend a lot of time thinking about. It fascinates me. I wonder about it in the context of my own leadership journey... and how I got to where I am. I wonder about it when I gaze at my beautiful children full of promise and try to imagine them in life 5 or 10 or 20 years from now. I certainly wonder about it when I enter an organization (as a consultant or customer) and...

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