Author Archives: Mike Reuter

On Promises

Lou Holtz said: “Don’t promise more that you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.” A promise creates expectation, hope and anticipation. It is a verbal commitment to someone with your name behind it. It creates trust in … Continue reading

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On the Value of Storytelling

John Kotter speaks to the power and importance of stories writing: “Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best – and change – from hearing stories that strike a chord within us…. Those in leadership positions who … Continue reading

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Going Up to the Balcony

In his recent blog post, Going Up to the Balcony, Larry Center reminds great leaders of the importance of stepping back amid their myriad of daily challenges that shift their focus to  the problems themselves rather than finding solutions to … Continue reading

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This Is Water

In his Commencement Speech to the Kenyon College Class of 2005, David Foster Wallace reminds great leaders of the negative impact that their current world view may be having on seeing new possibilities. With hectic and sometimes frenetic schedules, new … Continue reading

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One Moment in Time… the Answers Are All Up to You

Maya Angelou said: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” In her beautiful song, One Moment in Time, Dana Winner captures the great leaders’ ceaseless and joyous … Continue reading

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The Gift of a Magical Burst

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand as well”, wrote Jack London. So it is in the lives of great leaders with its ups and downs, moments of challenge which can drain … Continue reading

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You Don’t Get Paid for the Hour; You Get Paid for the Value You Bring to the Hour

William Shakespeare wrote that nothing is “good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” What we see in our mind’s eye is what we get.  We are the master or the slave of our thoughts.  We can choose to live … Continue reading

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On Gratefulness… Stop, Look, Go

In his TED talk, Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful, Brother David Steindl-Rast provides great leaders insights into the power and magic that a more grateful mindset has in living a fuller, richer and happier life. “All human beings have … Continue reading

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First Impression… One Chance

Great leaders understand the value and importance of first impressions in business, professional or personal relations. The phrase, “You only get one chance,” is one they know well. In his recent blog post, One at a Time, Over and Over, … Continue reading

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The Joy and Beauty of Each Day

John O’Donohue wrote: “Each day is the field of brightness where the invitation to life unfolds… written into its mystery are the happenings sent to awaken and challenge us.” O’Donohue’s words give great leaders pause to think about this daily … Continue reading

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