Author Archives: Mike Reuter

Learnings from Pygmalion

In his book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor reminds great leaders of the great learnings from the Roman poet, Ovid, in his story about Pygmalion. Pygmalion had the gift of looking at a piece of marble and seeing the sculpture … Continue reading

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Going Back to the Beginning to Find Your Way

St. Augustine reminds great leaders of the importance of continuing growth of their self-knowledge writing, “Men [and women] go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the … Continue reading

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On Daring Greatly

“There is a flame burning deep within all of us,” writes Tracey Osborne, “It is up to you to turn your flame into a roaring fire.” Each of us holds the keys to finding and living dreams undreamed. It is … Continue reading

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Sometime Later Becomes Never

In his recent blog post, John Maxwell speaks of “sometime”, the word we often use is our planning to do something. He suggests that our use of “sometime” in our thinking, doing this or that sometime, we allow it to … Continue reading

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You Are Absolutely Unique

Walt Disney said, “To be successful, you must be unique. You must be so different that if people want what you have, they have to come to you to get it.” His words emphasize the value of the unique difference … Continue reading

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On the Gift of Your Being Human

Great leaders are very, very human. These are men and women who, when things don’t go right, say, “I was wrong.” They don’t hold themselves up on pedestals to which people may see them as better than they are and … Continue reading

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The Power and Joy of Engagement – Walking Slowly Through the Crowd

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” wrote Aristotle. For great leaders, one of their greatest acts is that of serving… their selfless engagement with others that they may achieve their greatest … Continue reading

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The Gift-Giving Power of Belief

Thomas Paine wrote: “It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.” Simply restated, great leaders must believe in themselves. Belief in self is one of the greatest, magical powers in the great leaders’ … Continue reading

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There Is No Finish Line

Bill Courtney said, “In the marathon of life, there is no finish line.” Rather, it is a magnificent and joyous journey of continuing growth and learning as great leaders achieve their life’s purpose and meaning.  An old Nike poster captures … Continue reading

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The Joy of Life

“What is the joy of life?” It is a profound question which great leaders continually ask of themselves during their life’s magnificent journey. It serves to set focus, establish priorities, create urgencies, expand horizons and dream dreams undreamed. Marcus Aurelius … Continue reading

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