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13 Apr, 2019

Leadership Thought #348 – Do You Know What Truly Makes You Happy?

By |2019-04-13T09:08:52-04:00April 13th, 2019|Miscellaneous, Personal, Your Life, Your Relationships|1 Comment

There are quite a few people out there who claim to know what will make us happy. I am always a bit suspect of accepting general answers to mostly subjective questions. One person's happiness can be another person's obligation or chore. My contention is that most people don't spend enough time truly trying to get in touch with themselves as individuals and what honestly makes them happy. In fact, we often feel a bit sheepish or odd when we don't follow a conventional formula for happiness. There is this overriding sense that it is better to fit in than be different - which is nonsense and direct pathway to personal malaise and/or unhappiness.

22 Dec, 2018

Happy Holidays 2019!

By |2018-12-22T13:48:13-04:00December 22nd, 2018|Miscellaneous, Personal|0 Comments

Every year I look for inspiration to help me create this message and I must admit this year it has been a bit of a struggle.  The external environment seems so divisive at the moment and good people just can’t seem to figure out ways to respect each other’s views.  Many […]

11 Sep, 2018

Remembering 9-11

By |2018-09-11T07:51:45-04:00September 11th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|0 Comments

As I sit here writing with the names of the dead lost on September 11 being read in the background on TV it’s easy to get very emotional. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since this terrible tragedy. You can still hear the pain in the voices of the family members as they take turns reading from the list. It must have been very hard coping with their grief all these years. I only hope they are able to find peace at some point.

31 Jul, 2018

Leadership Thought #403 – What Makes A Great President

By |2018-07-31T09:41:51-04:00July 31st, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|2 Comments

In less than two months we will have a presidential election here in the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent trying to influence voters to lean one way or another. Interestingly enough a majority of people will simply vote their party line and put very little effort into understanding the position of the other candidate or their leadership abilities. As a result, a comparatively small number of swing voters in an equally small number of states will end up deterring the final outcome. As someone who certainly has a strong sense of party loyalty but has crossed party lines on many occasions this has always frustrated me. No one party has the market cornered on good ideas or is the sole wellspring of capable leaders - the history of our nation has proven this. I have spent considerable time studying leadership and observing leaders. I also enjoy reading about the presidency and the 43 occupants of the oval office. In my humble opinion, the most successful presidents have exhibited the following traits:

4 Jul, 2018

The Courage Of Our Founding Fathers

By |2018-07-04T09:50:25-04:00July 4th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|4 Comments

As we get set to celebrate another Independence Day here in the United States, we should rightfully pay tribute the obvious courage that had to be exhibited by our Founding Fathers 236 years ago. Many of these men had much to lose and only marginal personal benefits to gain by signing the Declaration of Independence. They were already part of the established social and economic order and for the most part were beneficiaries of the existing system. In fact, although we often hear about the select few who rose to historical prominence, most of the others suffered great personal hardship as a result of their decision.

15 Jan, 2018

Martin Luther King as A Leader

By |2018-01-15T23:38:25-04:00January 15th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Knowledge, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|3 Comments

Donald T. Phillips in his wonderful book, Martin Luther King on Leadership, does a nice job providing significant detail as to why Martin Luther King (MLK) was a great leader. We often focus on the rhetoric and powerful speeches that he gave, but there is so much more substance to the man than just what he had to say.