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Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:01 pm

REIGN mindset is about overcoming

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

If Dawn Rosemond gets invited to speak, she’s not just going to focus on the event theme.

Rosemond has a philosophy about empowering people that she said fits any engagement; she calls it her REIGN leadership platform.

She doesn’t use REIGN as an acronym. It’s a mindset about winning, ascending, overcoming. "My favorite definition of it is to wear a crown," Rosemond said. "It’s pretty awesome, and it resonates."

Rosemond, a 45-year-old attorney in Fort Wayne with Barnes & Thornburg, said she informally started her leadership platform at least three years ago. She has done classes in various environments – churches, schools, conferences focused on women, leadership and branding.

"Every time I get a chance to speak, I call it a REIGN class," Rosemond said. "I use this fact a lot, that greatness is hard-wired into our DNA and we make choices day in and day out whether we’re going to honor that greatness."

Each individual has something within that "no one else has," Rosemond said.

When asked specifically about leadership, she agrees there’s a bit of that in everyone.

"I think it varies," she said. "Is everybody going to lead a Fortune 500 company? No. Is everybody going to lead a law firm? No. But if you think about it, even a stay-at-home mother, which I think is the hardest job ever, is a leader. They’re establishing protocols like budgets and everything."

Rosemond, a Fort Wayne native, wife and mother of two boys, became a licensed attorney 21 years ago. Last year, she published a book "Boss Presence: 100, Ok 50, Ok Some Tips for We Bad Chicks to REIGN at Work."

In one chapter, she encourages readers to think about what they need to quit. "Quit making excuses. ... Quit being late to work. Quit being late period. It is the height of disrespect and it brands you as not worth the investment.

"Quit complaining. There is no life in it and it changes nothing. ... Quit planting mediocrity," she writes in the short book, citing examples such as resting or playing when you should be working.

And quit, she says, "believing what ‘they’ say. You know, the ‘they’ who is never defined, yet an authority on everything. ‘They’ said you couldn’t make it. ‘They’ said you aren’t smart enough. ‘They’ said that no other woman has ever tried to do what you want to do."

Rosemond, by the way, is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg.

Impromptu recognition

You might just have a Grammy-type performer on your staff.

With awards season in full swing, thousands of people are watching to see which TV, film and music stars are recognized for their talent.

Human resources coach Kate Zabriskie suggests managers in the workplace shine a spotlight on the talent on their teams. Impromptu awards and recognition are good gestures.

"Most businesses formally recognize their employees around the end of the year, but for a boost in morale and a bit of unanticipated excitement, use awards season as a spring board for workplace recognition," said Zabriskie, president of Business Training Works Inc., a Maryland-based talent development firm.

"Your staff will appreciate the gesture, and it will bring your team closer together," she said in an email.

Part of running a forward-thinking organization is breaking the standard mold of business operations, and providing a fun and productive atmosphere to work, the email said. When you recognize your team’s accomplishments – unfettered to a date on a calendar – you convey your sense of appreciation to your staff.

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at Lead On also appears online as a blog at