Author Archive | Alli Polin

What’s Your Personal Leadership Garbage Disposal?

My entire life, I’ve lived in houses with garbage disposals. In fact, I assumed that it was something everyone had and only in adulthood learned that was not the case. Here, in Australia, most people I’ve met in my town have never seen a garbage disposal let alone had one in their home.  If you […]

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Making the Hard Choice Between Pain and Persistence

Alone on the enormous beach, it was as if we had discovered a secret paradise. The crystal clear water barely had a ripple, the sun was hot with the perfect cool breeze, and we took a collective deep breath as we looked out on the deep blue expanse in front of us.  “Come on! Let’s go!” […]

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New Year, New You? Not Exactly.

Every time the new year swings around, most of us load up on resolutions and promises designed to ensure that this year will be different than the last. We’ll be healthier, happier and more successful than ever. Boo on last year bring on the new year, new you! Freeze. Before you go leaping into the […]

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Now Is the Perfect Time to Break Down Your Boxes

This week I’m doing what most people dread – moving. It’s not that making a move is bad; it’s exciting. The crappy parts are packing up your current house, sorting through the years worth of things that should have been tossed long ago, and creating a sense of normalcy in your new space.   We’ve been […]

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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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