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U-TURNS

U-turns is a blog for lifelong learners who want to continue to expand their leadership and communication skills.

How to Lead with Kindness

How to Lead with Kindness

World Kindness Day was this Wednesday, November 13 (did you take our challenge? If not, it’s never too late to be kind!) so we wanted to take a closer look at what it means to lead with kindness. Every leader has their own style of leadership, but statistics on those...

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NEED TO GET SOME WORK DONE? GO ON VACATION!

It might seem counter-intuitive, but a vacation could be one of the most productive activities you’ll ever embark on. Whaaat? How does lounging by the pool, exploring the Grand Canyon or driving to Illinois for a family reunion get anything accomplished? Besides the...

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The F Word

An opportunity is never lost; it is simply passed on to the next person willing to take advantage of it. This phrase was shared with me decades ago and has stuck with me ever since. The reality is, we are all given numerous opportunities...

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The Importance of Perspective

The Importance of Perspective

  We all know that life is a series of challenges and opportunities. Our days are filled with joy and sorrow, excitement and pain, love and loss. There are times when we feel on top of the world and others when we feel we’ve hit our rock-bottom. Emotions can be a...

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Who Are Your Mentors?

Who Are Your Mentors?

Take a moment to think about the mentors who have helped U become the leader U are today! How are U paying it forward and shaping the future leaders in your circle of influence?

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Are You A Conscious Leader?

Are You A Conscious Leader?

Are you a conscious business leader? I just came back from a three-day Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference hosted in my home state of Arizona. I am a huge advocate of this movement as it truly is everything we teach and bring into the companies we work with at U...

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WHAT NATURE CAN TEACH US ABOUT DIVERSITY

WHAT NATURE CAN TEACH US ABOUT DIVERSITY

There’s nothing like a springtime walk to clear your mind and refresh your spirit. Hiking along a favorite trail is a thrill to the senses – wherever you are, the setting has its own visual beauty, scents and sounds. You might see rolling green hills or jagged peaks....

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What’s Delaying Your Growth This Spring?

What’s Delaying Your Growth This Spring?

Springtime means new life. The gray winter landscape sheds away and turns green with smatterings of blooming flowers, adding vibrant color to dull scenes. It’s a perfect time to reflect on what you want in your life. Is it that new job? Starting your own business?...

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Diversity – A Critical Component of Leadership

Diversity – A Critical Component of Leadership

April is diversity month! Having had the pleasure of working with hundreds of leaders since our inception we wanted to share and reflect on the importance of diversity and some lessons we have worked hard to impart to our students over the years. Lesson #1: Diversity...

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Let Your Leadership Bloom

Let Your Leadership Bloom

One of the best parts about springtime in Arizona is watching the desert come to life with beautiful colors and blooms. In particular, the rich diversity of cacti always seem to be a hit with locals and tourists alike. As we transition into springtime there are a...

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The Gina Jonas “Play Big” Honorary Seat

The Gina Jonas “Play Big” Honorary Seat

WHO IN YOUR LIFE would U want to experience this powerful journey that is U the Communicator? In honor of Gina and the many lives she touched and all that she gave to shape U the Communicator into what it is today, we are awarding someone “The Gina Jonas ‘PLAY BIG’ Honorary Seat” in ALL future U the Communicator classes.

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