Monthly Archives: April 2014

Classic Leadership Wisdom from Sophocles

This week’s quote is from the ancient Greek play Antigone, by Sophocles. Creon, King of Thebes, has condemned the princess Antigone to death for disobeying one of his edicts. Prince Haemon, Antigone’s fiance, cautions his father to think again, for … Continue reading

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Rule No. 3 for Making a Company Great

The April 2013 issue of Harvard Business Review featured an article called “Three Rules for Making a Company Truly Great.” The authors, Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed, looked at the 25,000-plus companies that have traded on any U.S. exchange at … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from Julius Caesar

In Act IV of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Brutus–loyal friend and high-minded assassin–makes an eloquent case for recognizing and embracing opportunity when it comes: There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to … Continue reading

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Cats and Execution: A Leadership Lesson from Aesop

Cats are popular on the Web these days. There are cat quotes, T-shirts with cats, blogs by cats, and, of course, funny cat videos. I doubt that this is because so many people like cats per se; I suspect, rather, … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from Machiavelli

This passage on managing change comes from Chapter VI of Niccolo Machiavelli’s famous (and infamous) handbook for leaders, The Prince. “It should be considered that nothing is more difficult to handle, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Leadership Training: Five Things to Bring Back

Last Christmas I received a copy of Lesley M.M. Blume’s book Let’s Bring Back. Based on her highly entertaining Huffington Post column of the same name, it’s “an encyclopedia of forgotten-yet-delightful, chic, curious, and other commendable things from times gone by.” Inside … Continue reading

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Hot Learning Trends–or Just Reinventing the Wheel?

There’s a vigorous discussion titled “What Are Today’s Hottest Learning Trends?” going on in the Chief Learning Officer group on LinkedIn  (63 comments and counting). Many of the comments point to learning technologies and methods that are undeniable trends today, … Continue reading

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