Monthly Archives: July 2014

When to Turn Back (Hint: Before You Plummet Over a Cliff)

“What does that sign say?” I could hear the tension in my mother’s voice as she peered through the windshield of our tiny car at the large road sign, written in Spanish and framed by a fringe of icicles that … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom: Lincoln and “a House Divided”

We’re all familiar with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (“Four score and seven years ago …”) and his Second Inaugural Address (“With malice toward none; with charity for all …”). But there are many lesser-known jewels among Lincoln’s hundreds of letters, … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom from a Concentration Camp

Man’s Search for Meaning, Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s harrowing account of his time in Nazi concentration camps from 1942 to 1945, is among the ten most influential books in America (according to a Library of Congress survey asking people to “name a … Continue reading

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No-Regrets Leadership

My daughter has a desk calendar with an African proverb for each day. I often steal the proverbs to use as tweets; this morning I posted one from Kenya:  “One does not regret helping another.” This little piece of wisdom … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom: The Federalist

A late entry for the 4th of July:   The Federalist is a collection of articles written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in the nine months following the United States’ Constitutional Convention of 1787. A nationwide war … Continue reading

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Classic Leadership Wisdom: Saint Joan of Arc

George Bernard Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” is about Joan of Arc, the teenage girl who led the French army to a series of victories over the English in the 15th century. Joan is inspired by “voices”–from Saint Catherine and other … Continue reading

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