Tag Archives: Obstacle

From Obstacles to Greatness

In his book, Holy Sweat, Tim Hansel speaks of a common thread that runs through the lives of great leaders. “In 1962, Victor and Mildred Goertzel published a revealing study of 413 famous and exceptionally gifted people. The study was called Cradles of Eminence. … Continue reading

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On Barnacles

William Henley wrote: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”  Such beautiful, powerful and inspiring words for great leaders who are captains of their lives. In his recent blog post, hockey great Ryan … Continue reading

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The Maximus Principle – Casualties Are Sometimes Acceptable

In his blog post, The Maximus Principle – Casualties Are Acceptable, Chris Widener writes: “Anytime you move your organization to the next level, there will be casualties. Many leaders try to take their organizations forward with no casualties. But this is the fact: … Continue reading

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The Invisible Places

In her book, The Tale of Wolf, His Snake Oil and a Skunk, Lizabeth Phelps shares a fable of the Wolf and Skunk. It provides a powerful insight into the importance of thought leadership in the lives of great leaders. In the fable, … Continue reading

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A Lesson on “How Not to Hit the Wall”

A friend recently shared a story about his friend’s race-car driving experience, and the lesson his friend learned. A friend of mine took a course teaching race-car driving on a circuit track. The main lesson he said he learned was … Continue reading

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The Limits of Our Potential Await Us

In his 2005 TED presentation, Why Did I Ski to the North Pole, Ben Saunders, pioneering polar explorer and record-breaking long-distance skier, shares his incredible journey. “It is a journey that is right at the limit of human capability,” he … Continue reading

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A Chance to Show How Badly We Want Something

In his book, The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, spoke about the power of passion, focus and perseverance say: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to … Continue reading

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Don’t Ever, Ever Ring the Bell

In his remarks at the Commencement Ceremony at the University of Texas at Austin Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, spoke about the graduates’ responsibility in changing the world “Changing the world can happen anywhere … Continue reading

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Dancing on the Edge of Finished

The job is never done for great leaders.  There is always that endless, passionate pursuit of something more – a dare, a challenge of the seemingly impossible, an obstacle, a hurtle. Seth Godin captures this chase poignantly in his article, Dancing … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: the Joy of Interdependence

So often in our lives, when asked to undertake a task, we get into our ‘doer’ mode and start working on the task immediately.  Even if confronted with obstacles we persist on our own path.  We continue to choose our … Continue reading

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