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Recipes for success, focusing on strengths and using talents to their greatest extent; how great leaders are made, what is the right stuff?

On the Excitement and Joy of Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars,” wrote Henry Ford. It is the magical elixir that ignites your passion, brings you energy and enthusiasm and strengthens your will and commitment to move from plans to … Continue reading

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Growth… the Gift of Positivity

Thomas Paine wrote, “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.” His message reminds great leaders of the power their positivity brings to living through times of adversity. … Continue reading

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On the Joys of Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

In a discussion with a friend, Jillian Swogier, about key learnings on the great leader’s career journey, there was passion and excitement in her voice when she spoke of the joy of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. It means, she … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Effect

Chaos Theory states, “It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” This has come to be known as the “Butterfly Effect.” Said more simply, … 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 the Value of Credibility

James Kouzes and Barry Posner write, “Credibility is the foundation of leadership.”  Credibility’s reality is found far beyond the words of its definition. It is evidenced in the great leaders’ actions, attitude, words and behavior. These are the actualization of … Continue reading

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Leadership Is an Activity, Not a Position

The great leaders can emerge from any part of any organization, whether they have a position of authority or not.  As Dan Ebener and Borna Jalsenjak write in their new book, Leadership for the Greater Good, “Using the word ‘leader’ … Continue reading

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On Grit’s Winning Power

Grit is one of the key ingredients of a life of success, a magical elixir that gives life and drive to the great leaders’ perseverance and commitment to their life’s purpose and meaning. Assuredly, they have skills, talents and knowledge … Continue reading

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On Becoming a No-Limit Person

In his book, No Limits, John Maxwell shares his insights about becoming a no-limit person, one who continually and relentlessly pushes their limits to find their greatest potential. The three keys in his pursuit are  awareness, giftedness and choices. He … Continue reading

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On the Power of Affirmation

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” In their daily lives, one of the beautiful gifts that great leaders give to those they touch and … Continue reading

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