Author Archive | Alli Polin

7 Major Leadership Mistakes You’re Making Right Now

Once upon a time, I was an HR consultant who was regularly invited into organizations to conduct 1×1 interviews with their employees. We’d talk about what was working, what wasn’t, and their suggestions for the future. Ultimately, I’d compile those results into a report for the senior leadership team.  Every report and debrief discussion had […]

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Would You Pause Your Career and Take a Sabbatical?

Many years ago, I worked for a large consulting firm, and business was struggling. Rather than laying off large numbers of people, they decided to offer a FlexLeave sabbatical. It was time off to follow a dream with the ability to step back into their work life and their consulting position six to twelve months […]

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20 Questions to Gauge Your Commitment to Your Current Path

There are times when we all ask ourselves, “is my current path the right one?” I know I’ve been asking myself that question left, right, and center since I left Washington DC for the Outback. My business, family, and friends all factor into my answer. Some days I’m sure, other days not so much.  Like […]

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What You Can Learn from the Worst Parent on the Planet

I am a horrible parent. The kind that my children will definitely swap stories about when they go to college, and I’ll win an unofficial award for the cruel and unusual punishment that I put my kids through on a daily basis. Some of the egregious offenses include: Make my children read at home Clean […]

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Leadership Fail: Move it! Faster! Now!

We had just left the kids’ classrooms to head to the car when the rain started to fall.  The drops came so slowly at first that I wasn’t even sure it was raining.  With each step, more drops began to drip from the sky with increasing intensity, and I tried to speed up our slow […]

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Leadership Ethics: Borrowing or Stealing?

We were in a hotel, two hours away from dinner, my son was starving and driving me crazy.  ”I don’t have any food for you!  What do you want me to do?” I asked.  He pointed to the minibar and reminded me that there is lots of food in there.  With a sigh I opened […]

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Five Words for Your Life and Leadership

I love watching my children color.  They do it with so much focus and pure creativity (in other words, while they’re in process, they leave judgement at the door).  Rarely do I hear them freak out that their creation didn’t turn out just as planned; instead of crying over a bad choice, they simply turn […]

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