Tag Archives: Control

On the Value and Joy of Discipline

Great leaders are faced with a world of changes right now: changes from without and within. New external regulations and demands are being imposed on society, and daily habits and routines are disrupted in response to them. An inner voice … Continue reading

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On the Power of Self-Knowledge

Self-knowledge is the magnificent cornerstone of leadership. Alfred Lord Tennyson writes: “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead to sovereign power.” Self-knowledge is the primal source that shapes the great leaders’ lives. It gives them access to their confidence, perspectives … Continue reading

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The Keys of Confidence: Talent or Effort?

In their book, The Confidence Code, authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman share with great leaders their thoughts on the critical difference between talent and effort. They write:  “Making a distinction between talent and effort is critical. If we believe that somehow we’re given … Continue reading

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On Seeing Beyond the Mirror

In his blog post, The Trap of Insightful Selection, Seth Godin shares a story that provides a powerful analogy of the human selection process and a lesson that  great leaders learn from it. “’Which one do you want?’ – There … Continue reading

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Lessons in Leadership – Colin Powell’s Thirteen Rules

Colin Powell reminds great leaders: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work…. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence … Continue reading

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It Is In Our Control … a Choice

In his blog post, Pitchers and Hitters, Seth Godin shares an interesting sport metaphor about the great leaders’ approach to life – being a pitcher or a hitter in life. Hitters don’t have much of an agenda other than, “swing at the good … Continue reading

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Our Second Greatest Gift

A friend recently shared with me an article, In Conclusion, that he writes monthly to his organization to motivate and inspire the people he serves. In this month’s note, he writes about the innate potential given to each of us … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: Remembering That We Are in Control

Being out of control is one of the worst feelings in the world. Even the greatest of leaders, in their simple humanity, are faced with this feeling from time to time.  While they recognize intellectually that they are fully in … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: Looking at the Stars

In his 1893 play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde wrote:  “We are all is the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” While not a positive picture of a state of life, the poignant statement beautifully captures … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: Knowing Which Hat to Wear

Leadership and management – the two different hats, the two critical roles of highly effective leaders. It is important that leaders be aware of which hat they should be wearing and when, if they are to successfully lead their organization … Continue reading

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