Leadership Category Archives

Courage

Choosing Courage

“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.” ~ The Serenity Prayer This prayer was written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). The prayer was later adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. It has always resonated with me for its simplicity and profound clarity. The Courage part …

Together We'll Rise

Together We’ll Rise

Any time you stand up for something, you risk finding yourself in the middle of controversy.  When I hit “send” on my “Time’s Up” piece back in February, I knew I was opening myself up to misunderstanding, disdain and/or severe criticism. I hit “send” with the vow that I would advocate for a cultural change within our national training regime regardless of how much resistance I …

Miss Val Book Title Reveal

Book Title: What’s in a Name?

I‘m super excited that we’re getting close to the launch of my book! And I’m happy I can finally reveal the cover and title with you. But first, I’d like to share with you how I chose the title. Coming up with the title of my book has been daunting. How do you convey a life’s worth of philosophies, joy, pitfalls, confidence, triumphs, leadership lessons, …

Don't be a bully

Bullish Leadership is Dead

I’ve talked about the book “Mindset” by Dr. Carol Dweck in which she discusses the difference between a fixed and growth mindset. I definitely enjoy a growth mindset and look forward to seeking out something new on a daily basis that makes me take pause and go “hmmmmm.” One of my most recent “hmmmm’s” that I’ve thought about is something Dr. Dave Tilly said in …

Contemplative Listening

Contemplative Listening

It was important when I launched this website that I made sure anyone who reads this understands that these are simply my thoughts, my musings, which are meant to encourage you to share your own thoughts, musings and opinions. Those are two of the three ingredients involved in having conversation. The third ingredient is the ability to listen. In order to have conversation we need …