Author Archive | Alli Polin

How to Be More Creative, Innovative and Confident in Five Words

Over the years, I’ve coached senior executives, led workshops for leaders at all levels and most recently ran a leadership program for 5th graders at a local primary school. While the complexity of their lives and responsibilities varied widely, some of the core issues that emerged were common.  Everyone was a little afraid that they […]

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How Being Impulsive Can Change your Life for the Better

As we grow up, we’re taught, “Don’t act impulsively! Think things through before you do something you’ll regret!” That’s not always good advice. Being impulsive isn’t intrinsically bad and in fact, can transform your life and relationships in positive and meaningful ways.  Instead of avoiding things we might regret when acting on impulse, what about […]

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5 Simple Rules for Living and Leading

As I drove slowly down the street, through the neighborhood, on my way home, I saw a woman who I assumed was walking her dog up ahead. She stood motionless, silent, and looked like she was waiting. As I neared, she walked away, no dog in tow.  When I was even with where she had […]

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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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