Category: Leadership

Giving Thanks For Work

IMG_427722We started a new tradition in our house this year – it’s called a Thankful Tree. This is a paper tree, taped to our basement door, with taped-on construction paper leaves.  It isn’t fancy but it is an opportunity for our family to document what we are thankful for.  It is more than just a fun craft project – it is a chance to think about the things that are important to us. Some of the “thankful leaves” are silly – like ice cream or days without homework – but there are glimmers of real reflection and thought like health, a happy family, and a comfortable home.

This exercise got me thinking about all of the things in my work life that I am thankful for. Each and every day I feel lucky to be where I am in my career but sometimes it is nice to write those things down as a reminder. Here is my Work Thankful List for 2015:

TRUST – My company trusts me with the gift of flexibility. Because of this, I have the opportunity to be part of my family’s daily routine, to not miss out on events at school, to take my kids to an appointment or to be with them when they are sick. This has a huge impact on my life. In my eyes, I get to “have it all” – a balanced family and a successful career.

EMPOWERMENT – I’ve been given the opportunity to shift and evolve based on business needs – both as an individual and a team. Even better, the chance to work on new projects that are personally important. Right now, I’m working with a rock star cross-organizational project team to inspire employees to embrace social media. How cool is that? My company is particularly good at this. Don’t believe me? Check out this inspiring story behind the One4 Project.

PEOPLE – Our team, located all over the world, is amazing and supportive. Each day I learn something new about someone and it helps me appreciate the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make each person unique. My role also gives me the ability to connect with people all over the world – both inside and outside of my company.  In fact, some of whom inspired me to write this very post.

What are you thankful for this year?

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The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received

3219004793_a0d5a6de82_zA few years back I was struggling. I had just been promoted to a management role and had several major decisions that needed to be made quickly. I was worried. These decisions would set the foundation for my success in my new role – and really “make it” or “break it” for me. read more »

Management Lessons From Under The Bus


One ominous day a long, long time ago I got thrown under a bus to the CEO of my company at the time. Me, a pretty low level employee at the time, got blamed for a pretty huge issue. The person that pointed to me was a very senior executive who was looking for a scape goat. Luckily I had a few big time supporters in the inner circle who knew the truth and could set the story straight.


I learned one of the greatest management lessons during this really stressful situation – because of the way my manager reacted. She got my side of the story and then fought hard behind the scenes to protect me and my reputation. Wow – what a class act. read more »

How Technology Is Changing The Future of Work

16645379_827e14f0f4Just had the opportunity to provide my view on the the Future of Business when it comes to Human Potential. This blog is written by Lindsey LaManna and originally appeared on SAP Business Innovation.

The internet, social media and mobile technologies are igniting massive changes in business world. These transformations are defining the Future of Business and at the same time, defining the workplace of the future. read more »

Preparing for Social Media Success, Part 2

This blog originally appeard on ASUG Leadership 2.0.

Back in June, I wrote a blog on Prepare for Social Media Success and the importance of building your “social” brand.

In the post, I referenced a story about my very first tweet.  read more »

4 Leadership Lessons from TSW and SAPPHIRE NOW

I just wrapped up a whirlwind couple of weeks of travel that left me a little exhausted but extremely inspired by the great keynotes and great people I had a chance to hear and meet. I wanted to wrap up the 4 simple leadership lessons I heard in my travels:

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Taking the Training Wheels Off – What Grandpop Taught Me About Leadership

When I was a kid, my Grandpop would load me and my bike into the back of his green pickup and drive us to a nearby parking lot so I could practice riding without training wheels. My bike was the coolest – with the purple, sparkly banana seat and it was even cooler once the extra wheels came off. read more »

The Social C-Level – Social Media Impact on Today’s Leaders

I vividly remember sitting in front of my computer a few years back – TweetDeck was up – my first tweet was in the “compose box” and I was getting ready to click send. I was nervous. What would people think, what would they say, what would be the impact? That first tweet was by far the hardest but once I got going it got easy and the power of social media was clear. I started having real conversations with real people – people I normally wouldn’t have access to. read more »

Go Blind or Go Home

There was once an executive who suffered from what I like to call “Selective Blindness Syndrome.”  This may sound like a terrible disorder that could insinuate turning a “blind eye” to issues but, in fact, it is just the opposite.

You see, this executive couldn’t stand the senseless meetings, politics, and hoops that were required to get things done.  So, for certain projects, she decided to bypass the system a bit – she didn’t pay attention to titles, niceties, and, for lack of better terms, the BS.

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Five Leadership Tips to Make your Mama Proud

As a teenager I can vividly remember my mom saying, “You know, Elizabeth, your mother is always right.”  In most case, this phrase followed the lesson that I didn’t want to hear and would immediately trigger a roll of the eyes, a huff and a puff, and a sulk off to my room to chat on the phone with my girlfriends. read more »