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But What if My Mask Is Polite?

by Sarah

Shedding the mask doesn’t mean tossing good manners out the window.
It isn’t liberty to speak every cruel or unconstructive thing that I may feel.
It isn’t a requirement to broadcast details on every mistake I’ve ever made, or a demand to publicly share my darkest secrets and struggles — unless God calls me to do so.

Perfection Isn’t The Goal

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Flowers are perfect. Clouds are perfect. Babies are perfect.
You and me? Not perfect. Not when we try. Not even when our halo seems pretty convincing. Not even when we obsess on it.

Why You Choose What You Choose

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Time for some deeper questions on this whole #ShedTheMask thing. Instead of just asking about choices and filters and masks, let’s look at what’s lurking underneath.

What motivations drive my daily life choices?
Why do I choose what I choose in life?

Is my underlying motive to make other people happy?
To avoid conflict?
To stay comfortable?

When You Don’t Feel Chosen

by Sarah
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I know what being thrown away feels like.

Falling to the bottom of someone else’s priorities. Coming last in line, after all the things that provide the instant gratification, the hit, the high.

When addiction is present in a relationship, it doesn’t matter how supportive you are, or faithful, or encouraging — deep down there’s this suffocating knowing — no matter what you do, if given the choice they will choose their addiction over you. Every time.

Embrace Your Evolutionary Experience

by Sarah
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What masks do you need to shed? What filters are layered onto your soul? Any time you’ve been deeply wounded and you’re trying to heal, your one face is going to experience multiple evolutions as you progress through stages on your journey toward wholeness.

I Think it’s My Turn to Shed the Mask

by Sarah
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For me, shedding the mask starts with sharing my story. My story behind the scenes, the one known by only my closest friends and family.

Until almost two years ago, I was the wife of a senior pastor at a large church, mother of two amazing kids (that part hasn’t changed!), partway through international adoption of a third kiddo, and an entrepreneur successfully growing my small company in branding and marketing.

Then my life blew up.

A Birthday Letter to My 5 Year Old Little Girl

by Sarah

Dear Beautiful Sophíe,
Today I watched you.
I basked in your quick eager smile, megawatts lighting up the room.

You are tenacious. You are beautiful.

As you grow, our warped and bitter world is going to do its damnedest to pound those qualities out of you. Our world says you are worth nothing more than your body, or how you flaunt it. Our world gives lip service to the message that you can achieve anything, but then will slaughter you with criticism and condemnation for attempting.

You can succumb to those mixed messages.
Or you can reject them as the nonsense they are.

What Does Success Look Like?

by Sarah
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A few weeks ago I spent two days talking about success with business and marketing students at my alma mater. It was an intense experience to walk the halls where I once studied and explored and dreamed toward the future I imagined ahead of me. “What does success look like?” one of the bright-eyed ones […]

4 Integrity Lessons From Top CEOs

by Sarah
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Last year I wrote my first book, on integrity lessons from top CEOs and leaders. ONE FACE doesn’t hit bookstores until June 7th, but here are a few key lessons I learned while writing. When I started the laborious and daunting process of writing about doing business without sacrificing values, I got plenty of push-back […]

5 Critical Characteristics Every Young Entrepreneur Should Cultivate

by Sarah
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Recently, I participated as a panelist on the subject of social entrepreneurship. Perhaps 85 college students were in the audience, hoping to absorb some shred of wisdom to catapult them into the entrepreneurial stratosphere sooner than later. Young Entrepreneurs Want to Know… The other panelists and I mingled with students afterward, answering questions like how […]

3 Simple Ways You Can Avoid Going Up In Flames (Like Volkswagen)

by Sarah
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Until this morning, Volkswagen might have been one of the most trusted names in the auto industry for sustainability. That was then. Back before we all discovered that they’ve been rigging their emissions tests and lying to pretty much, well, everyone on the planet. Before VW stock crashed after plummeting 20% or more. As the biggest auto-maker […]

Chatting With Chipotle (part 4)

by Sarah
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SARAH: How did the slogan “Food with Integrity” come about? It’s so clean and concise, and it says everything it needs to say. Those are the hardest slogans to develop! MONTY: Yes, isn’t it beautiful? I love it. SARAH: It’s a terrific descriptor and tagline, and I know those don’t come easy. MONTY: I would […]

Chatting With Chipotle (part 3)

by Sarah
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SARAH: Let’s talk about this phenomenon of how Chipotle has managed to connect strongly with millennials. Everybody everywhere is trying to crack the formula to engage millennials, and you’ve pulled it off. How? MONTY: Millennials are highly ambitious, sometimes almost utopian in their ambition. They want what they want now, they want it fast. SARAH: […]

Chatting With Chipotle (part 2)

by Sarah
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SARAH: Tell me more about your Restaurateur Culture. MONTY: I believe the general manager position is the most important position in Chipotle, period. Because GMs hire 99.9% of our people. They decide who comes in the door and who doesn’t. They’re either effective at developing people into future leaders, or not. They have complete ownership […]

Chatting with Chipotle (part 1)

by Sarah
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SARAH: Thanks for meeting with me, Monty! I’m in the final stages of authoring a book on values-driven leadership. My premise is that whether you are a celebrity, an individual leader, or a corporation managing your brand reputation – if your internal reality and your external marketing is not governed by the same set of core […]

5 Brilliant Social Responsibility Ad Campaigns

by Sarah
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There are ad campaigns. There are brilliant ad campaigns. And then there are brilliant ad campaigns that make a massive impact for social responsibility. You know, the ones that put a fresh twist on a powerful message that shakes you, grips you, and forces you to reassess social norms you’d formerly taken for granted. Every now and […]

3 Ways to Appreciate Your Dad’s Leadership

by Sarah

Every June, the entire nation pauses to celebrate fathers. But how many of us actually know our dads? You may know his name, some of his interests, what he looks like — but how well do you know him? Listen Your dad might not talk a lot, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have stuff […]

5 Dumbest Ways to Earn a D as Team Leader

by Sarah
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You wanna be a great leader, right? But are you unknowingly guilty of these dumbest ways to earn a D in leadership? Here are five extremely common bad habits to be aware of and intentionally avoid: Disregard your team’s areas of expertise. Doesn’t matter if they’re actually good at stuff you don’t understand, if you […]

#theGURUseries | Andrew Benton

by Sarah
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Andrew Benton has served as president of Pepperdine University, a top-tier school, for the past fifteen years.Benton has cultivated a long-standing legacy of leadership at one of the premier private universities in the United States, and has the unique advantage of also seeing many of his graduates go on to become phenomenally successful individuals of […]

I’m Writing A Book…

by Sarah
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I’m writing a book. Actually, it’s already written, accepted by an amazing publisher, and in the process of editing and prepping for print. Doesn’t mean I feel comfortable saying “I’ve written a book” yet… Throughout the past several months, I’ve poured myself into research, conducted mind-blowing interviews with corporate leaders and celebrities that I’d never have […]

5 Compelling Reasons to Write Your Values

by Sarah
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There are as many reasons to articulate your core values as there are businesses and leaders. Doesn’t matter if you are a business leader or an individual, knowing what you stand for and the key motivations that drive you is a good idea. I’m Sarah McDugal, and here are my five favorite reasons why you […]

7 Dumbest Ways to Kill Your Brand

by Sarah

There are as many ways to kill your brand as there are business leaders, but these seven are definitely the dumbest ways to do so. You might be killing your brand if… You don’t bother to figure out what you stand for in the first place. Everything hinges on the underlying reason why you do […]

5 Compelling Reasons to Write Your Values

by Sarah
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There are as many reasons to articulate your core values as there are businesses and leaders. Doesn’t matter if you are a business leader or an individual, knowing what you stand for and the key motivations that drive you is a good idea. I’m Sarah McDugal, and here are my five favorite reasons why you […]

Key Leadership Lessons from the Blue Buffalo Lawsuit

by Sarah
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What’s The Blue Buffalo Lawsuit About? Blue Buffalo is a pet food company, in case you don’t have pets and didn’t already know. Until last year were spending $50,000,000 on a marketing campaign proclaiming that they never use poultry by-product meal in their pet foods. Then, in May 2014, they got sued for false marketing. […]

Why Holacracy Is Gonna Fail At Your Company

by Sarah
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Fast Company reported this week that 210 of Zappos’ employees decided to take severance packages and jump ship rather than embrace the responsibility of moderating themselves without a boss. I guess everybody is different, and it’s a good thing it’s a free country, because if I worked at a big company and I got the […]