Tag Archives: Talent

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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Wisdom of John Wooden for Great Leaders

John Wooden’s life continues to be a magnificent inspiration to great leaders. May each of us pause a few brief moments to reflect on his words that we may find in them a gift, a learning – one that will … Continue reading

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What Will Your Verse Be?

In the movie, Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams titillates the hearts and minds of great leaders in his inspiring words on passion and life’s purpose … their purpose. “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are … Continue reading

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Find a Way, Then Never Give Up

Speaking in her December 2013 TED video, Diana Nyad: Never, Ever Give Up, about her historic Cuba-to-Florida Swim, Nyad said that the mantra for her journey was “Find a way.”  The doing of her great accomplishment is found in the skills, talents and … Continue reading

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Your Alphabet… You Make the Words

Seth Godin’s recent blog post, Alphabets, provides a magnificent metaphor about how great leaders utilize their assets.  Gutenberg’s typesetting machine, he writes, used collections of used to compose an infinite number of printed words. How do great leaders maximize use of … Continue reading

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The Myth of Talent

Bear Bryant, legendary American college football player and longtime head coach of the University of Alabama, said:  “I can reach a kid who doesn’t have any ability as long as he doesn’t know it.”  His words capture one of the … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership – All the World Is a Stage for Great Leaders

 A friend recently shared with me an article, Acting the Part of a Leader, by Warren Bennis, American scholar and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies.  In the article Bennis discusses why leadership is often paired … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: the Secret Ingredient to Greatness: Value

Success in everything they do – this is the goal of great leaders.  They apply their fullest talents and capabilities to every task they undertake with the greatest enthusiasm, passion and commitment. And to this blend they have one ingredient … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: A Haunting Question

Philip Humbert, author and leadership coach, in a recent article, “Build Your Own Walden Pond,” writes of Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet and naturalist, and the “haunting question” that he asked over 150 years ago in his book, Walden, … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership – The Law of the Inner Circle

“A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him or her.”  This is the ‘Law of the Inner Circle’ that John C. Maxwell shares with leaders in a recent article, “A Leaders Inner Circle,” in Leadership Wired.  The newspapers … Continue reading

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