I heard the calling and followed, will you? – Are leaders Born or Bred?

Growing up in a country that was under constant threats of terror attacks and going thru two wars, was quite an intense experience. It was a normal thing for us to be on a bus and see soldiers carrying weapons or walk into a mall and have to stop for a security check. On the one hand we lived on high alert and on the other hand we felt extremely safe.  I remember how as kids we looked at our soldiers as heroes. In high school all the teenage girls wanted to date the captain, the pilot or the tough rugged guy from the elite commando units. Service is mandatory in Israel so from a young age you were prepped and groomed to be your best, do your best and serve your country. I remember my dream as a teenager

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Positive Leadership – living positive psychology

Over the course of my career, I’ve held six positions with four different organizations, working for vastly different personalities. I’ve had both male and female supervisors, bosses down the hall and others on different continents, some profit-driven and others focused on impact. My very first supervisor taught me that I had a lot to offer and should be given a full and equal voice in everything we were doing. And in another position, to juxtapose, I listened to my boss tell another director that she ‘disgusted him’ because she had made a scheduling error and left a desk unattended for 15 minutes. I’ve seen enough variation to realize how profoundly a supervisor can affect not just your work life, but your confidence, development and well-being as well. Currently, I serve as the Co-Director of the U.N.-mandated University for Peace’s Centre

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Is the American dream dead – can you be all you want to be?

Have you ever heard the expression “Be All You Can Be”? Even though that slogan had its limitations, it was used in the Army for over 21 years to inspire young recruits to do their best and be their best at all times. Truth is that being all you can be is not just for the Army. It is a choice that everyone has in life. It is about how you want to live your life and who you want to be. Be all you can be! – signifies the American dream, a dream that was coined in 1931 by Historian James Truslow Adams: “The American Dream… in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable.” Each man and woman would have the opportunity to be all they can be and live a life of their choice. Sadly these days,

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Is it Live or is it Memorex?

If you are a baby boomer like me, you will remember that tag line. Today, apps, devices, methods and social media have nearly eliminated the need to “go live” in order to communicate. Are we losing the ability to be charismatic influencers by replacing our voices, facial expressions and body language with technology as our primary communication tool? Do these virtual mediums adversely affect our ability to manage, mentor, sell and influence others? Communication is a vital link between the interaction of buyer and seller, manager and subordinate; mentor and mentee. While we gain efficiency and speed via technology, there is a risk by greatly downsizing, and at times eliminating, vocal and physical communication pillars. The business landscape demands that people multi task and respond with rapid speed to automated inquiries. Technology is an absolute necessity. But when you stop

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