Soderquist Blog

Your Mission: Have Fun

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 13, 2015 4:32:00 PM

While I was in college and graduate school, I worked as the assistant manager at the Great American Cookie Company in the local mall. I worked with a great team brightening people's days with chocolate chips and sprinkles. Who wouldn’t love to do that all day?!? However, just like with all jobs, there is a monotony that can inevitably happen that makes it easy to overlook the fun of the work we are doing.

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Topics: Deeper Life, Employee Development, Creating Culture

Determination: An Important Leadership Lesson

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 8, 2015 4:33:00 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend the annual Fred Forum in Vancouver, British Colombia. The FRED organization is devoted to elevating the quality of leadership in the world through investing in leaders focused on developing other leaders. During the forum, participants like me were sent out into the community to visit a variety of not-for-profit organizations to learn about these organizations and meet the people who lead them. The goal of these visits is to see first-hand how the leaders inspire and guide their organizations. My experience not only demonstrated how to run an excellent not-for-profit, but inspired me to lessons in life I would have never expected prior to our visit.

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Topics: Powerful Influencers, Deeper Life, Values & Ethics

I Can’t Believe It’s Been a Year Since I Didn’t Become a Better Person

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 6, 2015 4:35:00 PM

Sounds self-defeating, right? This eCard quote reflects the result of a New Year’s Resolution.

The top three 2014 resolutions were: 1) lose weight; 2) get organized; 3) spend less, save more. These were made by 32% of the population, 54% of those gave up after 6 months, and only 8% kept their resolutions for the year. These stats, based on a CBS News poll, may indicate a trend that New Year’s Resolutions are falling out of favor. So, if we focus on personal change through a once a year resolution process we are statistically going to be unsuccessful and disappointed.

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Topics: Deeper Life, Personal Development

A Big Chuck Lecture

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Growing up, I received my share of lectures.  In fact, in my family those that my dad gave become somewhat legendary.  Somewhere in my high school years, my dad had become known as “Big Chuck” (he was a Charles, too).  It was a blend of respect and playfulness from my friends and siblings.  All knew what it meant to receive a Big Chuck Lecture.  It was in those lectures that I learned much of what has shaped me into the husband, father, worker, community member, etc. that I am.

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Topics: Leadership, Deeper Life

Holes in Your Costume

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 31, 2013 9:00:00 AM

The other day I watched a small boy come into a coffee shop with a costume on. He literally flew through the door- one hand outstretched in front him with a giant fist in the air, the other behind his space suit shirt and cape. Between sound effects and jumping motions, I heard his mom’s continuous caution to be careful.

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Topics: Deeper Life, Personal Development

Milestones In Our World

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 13, 2013 9:00:00 AM

This week I found myself reliving memories of that day 12 years ago when I found myself glued to the TV. I watched in horror as many children lost parents, husbands lost wives, wives lost husbands, parents lost kids, and those who lost friends, families, colleagues and loved ones. 9/11 was a milestone for our country that has profound impact on families that causes pain every day, not just on the anniversary. But for a nation, this date is a day to remember what happened and how life as we know it changed. Our country has been and hopefully always will be a light in a rather dark world. Evil raised its ugly head on 9/11 and good rose up to meet it. The sad thing is that we didn’t see the threats beforehand. Hindsight points to potential threats and actions, but no one really saw this coming. Yet it did.

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Topics: Deeper Life, Values & Ethics

What Are You Willing to Lose?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 20, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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I grew up in Black Forest, Colorado. My childhood was rooted in thick pines and soft dirt trails that twist in and out of unfenced property lines. While college took me out of state, my parents, and a piece of my heart remained in the sanctuary of tall trees I called home.

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Topics: Deeper Life, Values & Ethics, Personal Development

Welcome Back Robin!

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 22, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Robin Roberts returned to Good Morning America yesterday, five weeks after her bone marrow transplant. She graciously accepted an abundance of warm greetings from colleagues and fans, saying, “Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude."

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Topics: Women, Powerful Influencers, Deeper Life, Values & Ethics

Why the Interrobang Needs a Comeback

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 20, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Every year, Soderquist Leadership sponsors a week at John Brown University called “Leadership Week.” The week entails Soderquist leadership bringing in current leaders and world changers in order to engage emerging student leaders. We had the privilege of hosting the author and lawyer, Bob Goff.

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Topics: Powerful Influencers, Deeper Life, Innovation & Research