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Category Archives: Self Leadership

Articles related to self-leadership, the first prerequisite for character-based leadership.

Are You Separating, Assimilating or Leading Change?


I recently shared a blog post about a Social Media dialog that took place with my expat neighbors and friends on the other side of the world. That dialog crossed cultures and religions, and focused on freedom and respect and fueled a growing dream.   As that dialog has continued with my neighbor, she asked » Read More


Raising Kids or Raising Parents?

Photo by: Xuesong Liao

In honor of Father’s Day coming up, I thought I would share a little bit about my experience as a father. The three most important things I have learned are:   “If you want your relationship with your kids to works always make sure that: They experience unconditional love, There is mutual respect in the » Read More

Are Sacrifices a Part of Leadership?

Leadership and Sacrifices

Many tough decisions need to be made every day. In hospitals and clinics, life-impacting decisions are made. On battlefields, just think of the decisions made and the ultimate sacrifices they may bring. Compared to sterile workplaces, the type of decisions and corresponding sacrifices pale in comparison. Yet, sacrifices happen every day and in every place. » Read More


The Secret to Success- Surprising Advice from Maya Angelou


Mayo Angelou was more than a poet, more than a teacher or an author.  Her insights on life, love and facing the challenges in life qualify her as oracle in her time.  When we consider the great thinkers of the past, we often hear lofty challenges to self-sacrifice and reckless abandon.  Their calls to action » Read More


Daring Millennial Leader: Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky


In Jon Mertz’s chat with Adam Poswolsky, readers are introduced to the difference between simply work to pay the bills and meaningful work. Poswolsky encourages us to leap to find new purpose and skills, and to focus on maximizing our personal impact instead of our personal paycheck. Read more…


Accepting Change

Change. It is inevitable. Most people don’t deal with change very well. Others embrace it.  But regardless of which camp you fall into, the fact is not only does it happen, but it can be good. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”  Read more…

Sponsoring New Leaders – Resource or Outsource?


In my project management training, one principle stood out as the root cause of most failures.  Any project that doesn’t have good sponsorship fails. A good sponsor is one who takes responsibility for the outcome. They listen, learn, and do the things necessary to make the rest of the team successful. Often success is totally » Read More

10 Management Lessons from Dragon Army


Business insights can come from unexpected places, including children’s literature. Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card paints a marvelous portrait of people management, vividly contrasting what motivates and what demoralizes, and what creates excellence versus lackluster results.

Are You A “Ricky Bobby” Leader?


We want to succeed… we want our people to succeed… we want our organization to succeed!  Ricky Bobby said it best in Talladega Nights.  “If you’re not first, you’re last!”   But do you know who said, “Second place is just first loser!”?  No, not Ricky Bobby again!  It was Dale Earnhardt Sr., named among NASCAR’s » Read More

The Motivated Leader: Three Strategies for Your War Story


Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. -Marcus Aurelius    On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who gave of themselves in service for the fight of freedom. Their narratives of leadership, heroism and sacrifice, or war stories, can yield lessons on » Read More

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