Feb. 6, 2023

First Principles February: What Is Kind Leadership? (Challenge #53)

Greetings Kind Leaders and welcome to First Principles February! A little over a year ago, on February 1, 2022, I launched the kind leadership challenge podcast. To mark this anniversary month, we’re going back to the first p...

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Jan. 30, 2023

What if there's still too much to do? (Challenge #52)

So let's say you followed all my advice in episode 51 last week, but still have more to do than you can manage. Don't worry, I'm not going to blame you or tell you to "hustle harder". I totally believe …

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Jan. 23, 2023

How To (Finally!) Tackle Your To-Do List (Challenge #51)

So, we’re getting into late January. For those of you like me whose work is based on the educational calendar, the spring semester is in full swing. If you’re doing well, you’re still hanging on to the word of the …

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Jan. 16, 2023

When's the Last Time You Asked for Help? (Challenge #50)

So, stop me if you’ve ever believed one of these toxic leadership myths: Good Leaders have all the answers. Good Leaders can look at any situation and immediately know what to do. Good Leaders have a clear vision at all …

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Jan. 9, 2023

Who Will Tell You When You’re Being an Idiot? (Challenge #49)

One of the things I talk about a lot on the Kind Leadership challenge is the way in which leadership is a team sport. Creating collaboratively is one of the three core skills of kind leadership, because all of us …

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Jan. 2, 2023

And My Word for 2023 is...Clarity! (Challenge #48)

So I left you on a bit of a cliffhanger in episode 47, when I discussed my opinions about new year’s resolutions, and how I found it much more productive to instead pick a word of the year. I try …

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Dec. 26, 2022

Why New Year's Resolutions Suck--And What To Do Instead (Challenge #4…

Pretty much every year around this time, I sit down with a notebook or Word document and make my goals for the new year. For many years this planning session would yield a long-ish laundry list of personal and professional …

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Dec. 19, 2022

The Godfather’s Guide to Saying No—Kindly! (Challenge #46)

I talk a lot about establishing boundaries in your own leadership practice, and how to use them to protect your team as a whole. And everyone listening to this probably agrees that boundaries are a good thing. But HOW do …

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Dec. 12, 2022

How to Delegate--for Real! (Challenge #45)

I hate to say this, but you probably delegate a lot less than you think you do. Now, I’m sure you regularly find items on your to-do list that can be done by another team member or members, and assign …

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Dec. 5, 2022

Stop Being So Nice! My Conversation on the Common Stacks Podcast (Cha…

Greetings Kind Leaders! I hope you’re all hanging in there during this hectic time of the year, when many of us are juggling holidays, family commitments, work commitments, and all the craziness that early December brings. Th...

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Nov. 28, 2022

How to Onboard New Team Members (Challenge #43)

Seems like every day I’m seeing more job openings on linkedin and the other boards I follow. Between COVID hiring freezes thawing and a wave of retirements, a lot of us are bringing on new team members right now! I’ve …

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Nov. 21, 2022

What Are You Thankful For? (Challenge #42)

As you listen to this on release week, I will be in a small 1980s suburban home in Tornado Alley, most likely fresh back from a grocery store run and probably debating with my mom about the merits of doing …

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Nov. 14, 2022

What should you do when you don’t know what to do? (Challenge #41)

Uncertainty is a part of every leader’s life. Kind Leaders try to make effective, humane and collaborative decisions based on what we know about the world around us. However, we inevitably have a partial understanding of the ...

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Nov. 7, 2022

How to Lead Through The Unexpected (Challenge #40)

As a kind leader, you usually know where you want to go and have a plan on how you want to get there. However, if you take a look back at the goals you have reached thus far, how many …

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Oct. 31, 2022

What are your Leadership Triggers? (Challenge #39)

In light of the positive feedback received from episode 37, where we talked about why you need to tell your team members the reason for setting a meeting with them rather than leaving them in suspense, our host Sarah Clark …

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Oct. 24, 2022

What Losing 93 Pounds Taught Me About Kind Leadership! (Challenge #38)

Don’t worry, this is not turning into a podcast about weight loss! However, there is a lot to learn about facing a seemingly impossible task and being successful in completing it. Whether it be losing 93 pounds, or taking on …

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Oct. 17, 2022

Did You Tell Them what the Meeting's About? (Challenge #37)

When going into a meeting with little to no context, it's easy to jump to the worst possible conclusion. Especially if a team member has had negative experiences with previous bosses who behaved unkindly toward them, their im...

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Oct. 10, 2022

In Praise of "Quiet Quitting" (Challenge #36)

Hustle culture is not sustainable for anyone, no matter how dedicated and passionate they feel towards their position. After slowing down during the pandemic, many people are ditching this mindset in place of a better work-li...

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Oct. 3, 2022

How to be a confident public speaker (Challenge #35)

Public speaking is a point of contention for many people. There are times in our lives where public speaking is inevitable, and most don’t feel equipped to do it well. However, you don’t have to do it well, you just …

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Sept. 26, 2022

Why Strategic Planning is like Riding A Bike (Challenge #34)

What does leading a strategic plan for a library and riding a bike have in common? A ton, actually! Keeping your eyes forward, focusing on the task at hand, and trusting the process. These are all points to take into …

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Sept. 19, 2022

Why Do We Micromanage? (Challenge #33)

Are you a micromanager? I know all too well what being a micromanager entails, and where it comes from: a lack of trust. Micromanaging can have detrimental effects, like burnout, loss of connection, and living in a state of u...

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Sept. 12, 2022

Why Won't They Do What I Tell Them? (Challenge #32)

It’s time for another leadership challenge! Today, we’re looking at a real-world scenario where a leader feels they are clearly communicating their expectations, but team members just aren’t quite getting it. We should warn y...

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Sept. 5, 2022

Your Team Is NOT Your Family (Challenge #31)

Let’s just go ahead and get right down to it: your team at work is not your family, and believing otherwise will lead you down a disastrous path. It makes sense that people often compare the two because a cohesive …

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Aug. 29, 2022

How to Detox Workplace Drama With One Simple Question (Challenge #30)

Workplace drama is unnecessary and quite frankly, annoying! Do we really need to bring melodrama into the workplace? Of course, where there are humans, there will be some sort of conflict, but there are usually solutions to a...

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