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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?

Feedback, the Fertilizer of Growth

Following a recent and learning-filled conversation with a dear friend, Sam Daniel, about the value of feedback in leadership development, Sam put pen to paper (as the expression goes) and shared how each of us are mirrors for others. It … Continue reading

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On the Value of Appreciation

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated,” wrote Marcel Proust. On appreciation, Margaret Cousins tells us, “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it all into words is all … Continue reading

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We Can’t Do It Alone

In his recent blog post, Leaders Find Accountability Partners to Help Them Cement New Habits, Larry Center speaks to the importance of accountability partners in life’s journey.They are those wonderful friends, coaches, mentors and others who provide you “with tough … Continue reading

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On Resilience

Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” It is the great leaders’ resilience to bounce back and face life’s difficulties and challenges. It is the unstoppable you who … Continue reading

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On Balance

“There is no such thing as work-life balance – it is all life. The balance has to be within you,” wrote Sadhguru. It is your awareness of your continuing and passionate pursuit of your purpose and meaning, your dreams and … Continue reading

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On the Heart and Rational Mind

Helen Keller wrote of the heart’s magic saying, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” The heart holds the emotions and joys of who we are. It … Continue reading

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Choose Your ‘Self’

The greatest quest and challenge of the truly great leader is for self-knowledge. It is in this that their greatness and success is achieved. Dag Hammarskjöld, former United Nations Secretary General, wrote: “At every moment you choose yourself. But do … Continue reading

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On Starting from Within

In his book, Everyday Greatness, Stephen Covey, writes that some of life’s greatest lessons suggest that we cannot attain success in life – personal, professional or in service of our community – until we first achieve success within ourselves. He … Continue reading

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On the Value of Poise

John Wooden defined poise as, “Just being yourself. Being at ease in any situation. Never fighting yourself.” John Maxwell relates a story about him at one of his ten NCAA Championships in basketball. “There were thirty seconds before the game … Continue reading

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On the Law of Navigation

In his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell writes of the Law of Navigation. The law states that “Anyone can steer a ship but it takes a leader to chart the course, carefully, seeing where they want … Continue reading

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