Monthly Archives: May 2014

Classic Leadership Wisdom from *True Grit*

“People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.” So … Continue reading

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Leadership Lessons from Mickey Rooney and a Telegram Boy

My father-in-law, Guy, had an interesting encounter back in 1938 with film star Mickey Rooney. The story got me thinking about a key blind spot for leaders–and how to avoid it. Read more here, in my latest post for Linked2Leadership.com.  

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Classic Leadership Wisdom: Rudyard Kipling’s “If”

“If,” by Rudyard Kipling, shows up frequently in leadership workshops and for good reason. Along with Churchill’s wonderful comment about Lawrence of Arabia (see Classic Leadership Wisdom for May 8th), the first two lines of this poem are among the … Continue reading

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The Best Leadership Book Ever

On my website I recommend a number of books on leadership. They’re all good, but the best leadership book ever isn’t listed there. The book that taught me the most about leadership is The Kitchen Madonna, by Rumer Godden.  (You can … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from Plutarch

Plutarch, the first-century Greek historian and philosopher, is best known for his Lives: biographies of about two dozen Greek and Roman statesmen and generals. They’re excellent reading for leaders. But he also wrote a set of essays called the Moralia, … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Most Leadership Training Fails to Stick

Back in 1991, near the start of my career, I was sent with some of my colleagues to a three-day process improvement workshop. (This was before Six Sigma but after TQM.) The session wasn’t about leadership, but it had all … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from Winston Churchill

Everyone knows Winston Churchill is eminently quotable, but not everyone knows he was a superb and prolific writer. One of his most interesting books is Great Contemporaries, a collection of essays on two dozen well-known statesmen, generals, artists, and intellectuals … Continue reading

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