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Do I Have To Do It All?

Last week we talked about our definition of leadership and some ways that different people brought that definition to life in a wide range of settings. It was great to hear from so many of you that these examples helped you see some ways to bring stronger leadership into your world.  At the same time, a [...]

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Your Leadership is Needed

As some of you know, at Carpenter Smith Consulting we define leadership in this way: Leadership is the willingness to influence your world and be influenced by your world, regardless of role or title. We’ve brought this definition to leaders of large organizations, leaders in school, leaders in communities, and leaders in life… and based [...]

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Your Leadership is Needed

As some of you know, at Carpenter Smith Consulting we define leadership in this way: Leadership is the willingness to influence your world and be influenced by your world, regardless of role or title.   We’ve brought this definition to leaders of large organizations, leaders in school, leaders in communities, and leaders in life… and [...]

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Reset and Reflect

Follow effective action with quiet reflection.   From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ~ Peter Drucker   One of the key behaviors of successful people—in life and in work—is the ability to self reflect.  Often when we ask the question, “As you reflect on this experience, what have you learned?” we [...]

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Take a Break and Refuel

As surprising as it is, we’re once again heading in to summer. In the Pacific NW, it’s actually been warm and dry. Summer!!! And, while many of us associate summer with summer vacation, not many people really take a break to refuel. We’re here to remind you… if you’re going to create a life you [...]

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Incite or Insight

These are challenging times for our country and our planet. Daily we’re reminded of the differences that exist in the world, and to feel safer we seek out our allies. Seeking comfort from people who are aligned with you is a very human thing to do; yet it can further polarize our families, workplaces, and [...]

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If You Want to Know Your Future…

If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. ~ Buddhist Saying   We love this quote! It’s a powerful reminder that if you want to create a future that’s different from your present, you have to start by changing [...]

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Don’t Let Inequality Sabotage Your Success

We were in a meeting a few weeks ago with a CEO who was describing a major rift in her executive leadership team.  In that conversation, she explained how there was a breakdown in the working relationship between two subgroups of her team, and went on to say that one of the members could sometimes [...]

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Don’t Let Fear Stop You

If you’ve been a part of our community for a while, you know that we think a lot about the ways we can support you to move forward on the things that are important to you, bring you meaning, and create the future that you long for. Sometimes, those words can sound like the phrases [...]

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Memorial Days

For those of you who don’t know this, Memorial Day is described online in this way:  In years since World War I, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the U.S. military. In the U.S., [...]

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    Carpenter Smith Consulting

    Linda Carpenter and Stephanie Smith started Carpenter Smith Consulting in Portland to support individuals and teams who dream about having the power, impact and influence to create success and meaning in ... Read full profile
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