Leadership Inspirations Library
Explore our library leadership articles.
Explore Our Library
Ugh, conflict. When you hear that word you might think of things like arguments, tension, trouble, fighting, misunderstanding, frustration, or even a battle.
The best leaders know when to lead and when to follow.
Communication is key to leadership – most theories and practices emphasize the importance of being able to clearly communicate with others.
So often we make ‘learning’ out to be synonymous with ‘school’ or ‘education’. But we limit ourselves with this mindset by discrediting the vast amount of things that we learn outside of a traditional classroom.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and whether you love or loathe this holiday, each year February 14th marks a day where we have the chance to formally recognize and appreciate the most important people in our lives (including ourselves!).
Growing up, one of my favorite activities to do with my mom and grandma was tending to our gardens. There’s just something about being outside, turning the soil, watering seedlings everyday, and watching tiny green leaves emerge from the ground and blossom into something beautiful.
A restaurant is a dynamic, fast-paced, fun, and ever-changing environment and as such, you learn something new every day! Here are some of the key lessons that I have learned over the years:
The clock hanging on the wall began to sound as the instructor addressed the class. After looking at the whiteboard to see today’s agenda, I could only mentally prepare myself for what I knew would be a long and painful hour. This was no regular classroom. This … was my CrossFit gym.
So, we’re almost all done with January. The new year is in its early stages, but the “new year, new me” mentality left the building just days after the 2017 clock struck midnight. So, how is that resolution going?
If you have a typical full-time job, you spend 40 hours of your life at work over five consecutive days. This is almost a quarter of your entire week, while another quarter of it is spent sleeping!
Usually when I tell people that I work from home, their response is something like, “That’s amazing!” or “You’re so lucky!” However, I’ve found that there is an assumption that because I work from home I have the freedom to be lazy, distracted, and unproductive at my job. This got me thinking about how I manage to work effectively from home.
The new year is beginning, so as we wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018, it’s time to make our New Year’s resolutions! New Year’s resolutions can be super exciting!
As the year comes to a close, I’m thinking about what I want to accomplish for next year. I want to take a different approach to my goal setting and planning for the year. In fact, I want to get away from the concept of “planning” – which is kind of shocking.
The roots of a tree provide it with stability, connection, and life. A person’s roots act in a very similar way – giving us history, community, and purpose.
‘Success’ is a hot topic today, and pretty much always. We find ourselves looking for ways to be successful in our career, education, and relationships – whether it’s agreeing to an extra work shift, taking on someone else’s task for a project, or even just making the drive to the airport to pick up a friend.
Our high speed lives are consistently being placed on hold. We are told to wait for our food, wait in line, wait for the results, and wait our turn. And through all this waiting, we learn a thing or two about patience.
What are you thankful for? This is a question that many of us are only prompted to reflect on once a year. Some of the things that come to mind might be family, friends, health, financial security, coffee or Netflix.
While I was at work the other day, I was talking with a coworker and we had a very interesting conversation that challenged my worldview.
9:05 AM. Late. My shoes were soaking wet from the puddle of rain I had just stepped in, and while trying to get to class on time I had slipped and dropped my Starbucks. It was just not my day.
Tis’ the season for all things spooky and sweet! Bulk candy, giant pumpkins, quaint corn mazes, elaborate costumes, and, of course, the return of haunted houses mark the beginning of the Halloween season.
A colleague walked passed my office in the middle of the week to see how I was doing. I half-heartedly smiled and told him the truth: I was struggling to find my groove.
In the third grade my mother signed me up for a youth basketball league. I loved the game of basketball, but had a difficult time understanding the concept of defense.
I was only two years old the first time my parents took me camping. From that moment, the mountains, rivers, and deserts in my backyard became my playground and my classroom.
As a society, we love success stories. And understandably, those stories have a warm-and-fuzzy-feel-good-thing going for them that motivate us and give us hope.
Dang, I feel so good about what I did! I put in full effort! I put in WORK! I gave my all and I’m ready to do more, right now!
I would describe myself as the “peace maker” of my family. When my brothers argue with each other, I am always the one to mediate the situation. I’m used to breaking up conflict—not causing it.
I was seven years old on September 11, 2001. Just old enough to remember watching footage of a plane crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on our tiny kitchen television, but not old enough to understand the true weight of this national tragedy.
Is it that time already (it feels like just yesterday that we were writing about activities to kick off the summer!)?… To ensure we are all able to take full advantage of those opportunities, we wanted to provide some insight to start the year off strong!
To lead or not to lead? That is the question. When we meet challenges that seem too enormous to solve, when unexpected change derails our plans, when our resolute values and principles are tested, or when we are challenged to step outside of our comfort zones to try something new, we are being called upon to lead.
Three weeks into the fall semester of my junior year I dropped out of my university’s business school. It was one of the greatest successes of my educational career.
When I stepped onto campus to begin a new journey as a Graduate student at Chapman University, I quickly came across an advertisement for “Mindfulness”.
One of the biggest challenges in life is finding a community where you feel at home. I was lucky enough to experience an incredibly strong community in a place I never expected: my job as a staff supervisor at the UC Berkeley LEAD Center.
I sat down and typed BOLD LEADERSHIP at the top, ready to feel inspired. But, after a couple of minutes went by, I was still staring at a page as blank as my mind. This was a lot harder than I originally thought.
We have all been there, right? The hour leading up to an exam, seconds before an interview, or even moments before an activity you are trying for the first time. The sensation of nerves. The petrifying gut feeling. The fear.
Not often left speechless, the new Wonder Woman movie had many in our organization at a loss for words. Torn between deeply emotional reactions and practical application, the desire to articulate meaning has been running rampant.
School’s out for summer! For many, summertime is a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the year, a time to relax and have fun in the sun.
If your teachers or parents were anything like mine, they taught you that hard work is essential in life to get to where you want to be.
One of the most challenging aspects of being a good group member or leader is being able to take all of our ideas and turn them into significant actions. The best lessons are the ones that are meaningful and actionable in practice and application.
First day of school: new year, new classroom, new teacher. “Alright class, take a piece of paper and find something that you have in common with each of your classmates.”
Let me rewind the clock a bit to 2009, my last year of high school. I thought I had my life all figured out.
One day in preschool, a friend of mine needed green paint to complete her finger-painting masterpiece. The problem was, we only had yellow and black paint.
In 2001, a group of street racers expertly maneuvered to hijack a truck and steal its cargo load of TV’s. This high speed chase marks the very humble beginnings of The Fast and Furious franchise that has since spanned almost two decades, is contracted for two more sure-to-be box office hits, has left behind a legacy for it’s loyal worldwide following, and somehow continues to get better and better.
Language is a fundamental aspect of communication. In order for me to be able to communicate effectively with another person, we both have to agree on a mutually intelligible language.
I never thought that my horse would be the one who challenged me to fine tune my facilitation skills, but this incident brought it directly to my attention.
Naturally, as people, we all want to feel included. Unfortunately for most of us, we don’t always feel this way.
In December of 2014, the United States opened the doors to Cuba after a 56-year travel restriction. Though traveling the 90 miles would still prove difficult in terms of obtaining the proper visa, it would no longer be impossible.
We live in amazing times. I am a business owner and leadership consultant and the other day, I performed open heart surgery. How is this even possible (legal), you might ask?
The other day, I stumbled across some troubling news—America Just Broke the National Stress Record—the bold headline read. Immediately, a wave of concern and ironically, stress, hit me.
did not grow up with comic books. In fact, I probably would have never seen a single superhero movie if my friend didn’t work at Marvel and force me to watch every single Marvel movie the week before the first Avengers premiered in theaters.
As leaders, we spend a lot of time thinking about other people. And that’s not a bad thing; that kind of care connects us to our followers and our communities so that we can better serve them.
Is age really just a number? Have you ever had a challenge working with someone older or younger than you? It is a common topic of discussion because today’s workforce now includes four different generations working together: Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Digital Natives.
I moved into a new neighborhood earlier this week and after a long day of lugging furniture and boxes up stairs, I excitedly hopped on Yelp to find my new, local Korean BBQ hotspot.
It’s that wonderful time of year again, that time when we get to recognize and celebrate some of the greatest films in cinema that have blessed our screens this year. It’s time for the Academy Awards!
When you put it that way, evaluations sounds like the last thing that we want to spend our time doing! Do you dread performance reviews? Have you ever felt like the feedback you received wasn’t useful or helpful? Is it challenging for you to provide difficult feedback to others?
Is it tough leading others with more experience than you? Are you confident in your knowledge and work ethic, but feel judged by those around you? These are feelings many of us have (I know I do!), and will continue to have, as we move up the chain of command.
The summer before senior year began, I found myself having to choose between two camps: one for advocacy and the other for leadership. Not knowing what to expect, but ready to try something new, I chose Leadership Academy.
This is one of my favorite times of the year because Sundays are filled with football, cheering, and all the guacamole. Few things in life get my heart racing like a spectacular Hail Mary touchdown pass.
As we prepare to welcome the 45th President of the United States on Friday, I am relieved that one of the most challenging campaigns has ended, nostalgic as we say farewell to the Obama family, and hopeful that the incoming president will exceed all of our expectations.
Simon Sinek passionately discusses the stereotypes that have come to define Millennials in the workplace and what he has identified as the four characteristics that actually make it difficult to keep Gen Y employees happy and fulfilled in their careers.
True Story: I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve set a lot of them, tracked behaviors and assessed goals, and I’ve even achieved some of them.
he holiday season is in full swing. For many, this is a time of mixed emotions: excitement and good cheer, along with stress and perhaps anxiety. This begs the question: can the holidays be our friend and foe?
“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plan’s to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star…”
We are always searching for ways to stay engaged with you throughout the year which is why we’re excited to announce that we are revamping our blog! We’ve been away awhile (eek!), but we’re back in business and looking forward to creating content that is entertaining, relevant and most of all, useful!