United We Fly, Divided We Cry

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In these unsettling times, it’s more important than ever to learn how to bridge our differences. I know we’ve all heard it before, but the truth is that we’re all in this together. I have been concerned about our loss of connection as a result of the pandemic, lockdowns, social isolation, political differences and more.…

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United We Fly, Divided We Cry

United We Fly Essence of Being Burge Smith Lyons

Many of us are talking about the events that occurred at the Capitol in Washington D.C. and we’re asking, “How did that happen?” Many questions continue to come up and upset is resulting from all different points of view. As I ponder our beginnings as the UNITED States and watch all of this unfold, I…

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Political Synergy: Wisdom for Now and Later

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Many of us have never seen the country, or the world, so divided. As we move closer to the U.S. presidential election, you may be wondering if you’ll be able to accept the outcome. You may also be questioning how others will cope if your candidate wins. Or, more realistically, perhaps you’re wondering—no matter who…

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How the Best Leaders Communicate

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The leaders you admire most have a few things in common. Maybe they have superior listening skills. Perhaps they’re empathetic or emotionally intelligent. One thing’s for sure: All great leaders are exceptional communicators. The best leaders communicate how they will take responsibility. They communicate with integrity, they communicate their boundaries and they communicate to inspire,…

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The Essence of Leadership

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Here is the Essence of Leadership: A leader takes people where they want to go; a great leader takes people where they don’t want to be, but where they ought to be. What does that statement mean to you? If you think back on the leaders in your life (professional, personal and otherwise) who have…

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Can We All Just Get Along?

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Many of us are looking on in awe, as the world around us turns into something unrecognizable. Maybe the people you love are showing sides of themselves you’ve never seen. Maybe you’re finding yourself arguing over politics, race, religion, ethics…or maybe you’re feeling attacked. Perhaps this turmoil is causing you anxiety, costing you friends, or…

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Are You a Conscious Leader?

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You can be a conscious leader of yourself, your family, a team, a group, a corporation…it makes no difference. And you can do it by looking to those leaders whom you respect, discerning which attributes you most admire, and working to hone those skills to create a win/win world. In this podcast, we’ll start with…

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If I Can’t I Must

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How many times do you say “I Can’t” in a day’s time? Many of us say it more often then we think. You might say it out loud, or to yourself, under your breath. You might even believe it on a subconscious level, without being aware of it. If you make a conscious effort to…

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Essential Leadership Traits, Part Two

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As promised, I’m back with the rest of my essential leadership traits. Last time, we talked about Courage, Empathy, Effective Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Personal Responsibility and Synergy. Now it’s time for the remaining seven leadership traits I have found to be critical to leadership success—at work, at home, in your community…anywhere you’re leading one or…

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Essential Leadership Traits, Part One

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Last time we met in this space, we talked about finding your own leadership style by paying attention to the leadership traits you admire in others. And as promised, I’m back with my top essential leadership traits.   Leadership looks a bit different for every conscious leader; however, in my experience, these are the essential…

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