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We Make Our Choices, Then Our Choices Make Us

Gordon B. Hinckley wrote: “The course of our lives is seldom determined by great, life-altering decisions. Our direction is often set by the small, day-to-day choices that chart the tract on which we run. This is the substance of our … Continue reading

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A Choice of Human-Being or Human-Doing

You are a human being, not a human doing.  Marianne Williamson wrote: “The highest level of creativity consists in being, not doing. When the being is intense enough, when the words are spoken enough, when the thoughts are thought enough, the doing … Continue reading

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The Great Leader as Artist

Stroke by stroke the artist creates her work. Each precise movement of the brush on the canvass is part of a grander design. Images, colors, intensity and shadows bring depth and meaning to the magnificent portrait -another treasure added to … Continue reading

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I Didn’t See It Because I Wasn’t Looking

“I didn’t see it because I wasn’t looking,” an article by Seth Godin talks about focus in the life of great leaders My friend Alan came over to dinner the other night. Unbeknownst to me, he had a few plastic scorpions in … Continue reading

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Lessons fom the Water Ouzel

What can great leaders learn from a simple bird like the water ouzel?  According to Steve Goodier, a lot.  In a blog post, When You’re in a Cement Mixer, he writes: “If you ever feel as if you are being knocked about by life, … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Less

In his recent article in Talent.com, The Pursuit of Less, Frank Kalman shares great leadership learnings about the value of being an essentialist leader. Drawing from Greg McKeown’s book, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” he starts with a view … Continue reading

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On Gratitude

A.H. Maslow, psychologist, wrote:  “(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.” In a November 2011 article, In Praise of Gratitude, by Harvard Medical School’s … Continue reading

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The Elephant Keeps Walking

A wise teacher from India shared this insight: The elephant keeps walking as the dogs keep barking. It is a powerful metaphor for great leaders as they strive to take themselves, their people and their organizations, as Jim Collins says, from … Continue reading

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It All Matters

Some of life’s greatest learnings come from those unexpected moments that cause a quiet pause of personal reflection on what matters in life. It was early morning.  The alarm sounded. It was time to wake up and go for my … Continue reading

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A Journey of Divine Discontent

“We have a divine discontent with our performance. It is an antidote to smugness.” These words, written by David Ogilvy, Founder of Ogilvy and Mather International Advertising Company, are the company’s guiding philosophy – one that shapes the corporate culture … Continue reading

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