Category Archives: Three Minute Leadership

The Voice in the Shadow

In his TED talk, Dancing with My Inner Critic, Steve Chapman speaks of the inner critic that lives in all great leaders: “… that whisper in my ear who constantly reminds me that I am not good enough – that … Continue reading

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The Ghost of What Could Have Been

“There is no grief more devastating than the grief for what could have been.” writes Kaya McLaren. A great friend once said to me: “When I die, I want people to say about me: ‘He lived every day of his … Continue reading

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On Barnacles

William Henley wrote: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”  Such beautiful, powerful and inspiring words for great leaders who are captains of their lives. In his recent blog post, hockey great Ryan … Continue reading

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Training for Excellence

In his Harvard Business Review article, How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence, Michael Schrage discusses the power of training as a magnificent complement to learning. It is important, he writes, “because real-world excellence requires more than commitment to … Continue reading

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On the Magic of Commitment

In his book, Winning Every Day, Lou Holtz writes: “The greater your commitment to excellence, the higher the standards you’ll be willing to accept.” He tells the story of a history professor who dedicated her entire life to her studies … Continue reading

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Start Before You Are Ready

In his article, Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready, entrepreneur James Clear tells of the story of Sir Richard Branson, English businessman and investor,  best known as the founder of Virgin Group.  Dyslectic and a high school dropout, at … Continue reading

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Focus on “The One Thing”

Gary Keller  and Jay Papasan in their book, The One Thing, open with the Russian proverb: “If you chase two rabbits… you will not catch either one.” This simple phrase starts a magnificent journey of discovery for great leaders as … Continue reading

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The Warrior Ethos

In his book, In Extremis Leadership: Leading As If Your Life Depended On It, retired Brigadier General, Thomas Kolditz, shares the Warrior Ethos. “I will always place the mission first.” “I will never accept defeat.” “I will never quit.” “I … Continue reading

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Time Is Running Out

Jean Paul, German Romantic writer, wrote: “The more sand [that] has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” The experiences of years are the great teachers in the lives of great leaders. Every … Continue reading

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The Power of Passion and Perseverance

In her TED Talk, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Lee Duckworth shares her research findings of the “one characteristic [that] emerged as a significant predictor of success.” From research with business corporations about who would succeed in … Continue reading

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