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What’s Your Nickname?

"Spunky" and "Steel Magnolia" are two names given to me during my early and later professional years. But, what do they mean? Spunky means "courageous and determined." Websters Dictionary does not include a definition for Steel Magnolia, but I first heard it in the...

Say “Yes”​ to Leadership Opportunities

Do you want to be a leader in a paid leadership position? First, say "yes" to unpaid leadership positions and try your wings as a leader. Non-profits, civic organizations and professional associations depend on volunteers. Do not wait to be asked, volunteer. If you...

Great Leaders are Great Listeners

Recently, while consulting with a professional association, I asked the leadership team why they were so excited about the appointment of their new director, someone appointed from within their ranks. They answered, "She knows us, she is one of us, and she listens to...

Lived Leadership Family

Recently, I had the pleasure of delivering the graduation address to the University of Houston’s Leadership Academy. In the introduction, Provost Paula Short said that I had a career of “Lived Leadership.” Since that weekend, I have thought a great deal...