Author Archives: Jay Morris

The ‘secrets’ to great leadership really aren’t secret

What makes a great leader? I’ve been posing that question to credit union CEOs for an article I’m writing for NAFCU’s magazine. Without spilling too many beans, let me share with you some “secrets” I’ve learned about great leadership. I think … Continue reading

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Never send to know for whom the bell tolls

My brother Craig died 13 years ago at the end of August, two weeks before 9/11. It was a season of grief and sorrow as one fateful event spilled into another. All those feelings jumbled together—personal tragedy coupled with national … Continue reading

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Are you a good steward or a bad steward?

Remember the scene in “The Wizard of Oz” when Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, asks Dorothy if she is a good witch or a bad witch? It’s right after Dorothy’s house lands in Oz, killing the Wicked Witch … Continue reading

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‘A great day lies ahead in the not-too-distant future’

I have a new Tuesday evening tradition. After my guitar lesson at Music & Arts, I head over to Panda Express for some stir-fry. This is a big change because I’ve always stopped off at Roy Rogers for the #1 … Continue reading

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Best practices for blogging and posting on social media

Maybe I should go back to posting my blogs on Tuesdays…or Thursdays. Or maybe Saturday is best? We’ve all seen those articles about the best times to post on social media if you want to increase visits, shares or click-throughs. It’s enough … Continue reading

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Five things you need to know about encore careers

Baby Boomers are reinventing retirement. Instead of fading into the sunset to enjoy piña coladas by the pool, they’re choosing to work longer—but not at just any job. Many are pursuing second-act or encore careers that combine their passion with a social purpose. … Continue reading

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Writer’s block? Try tying yourself to a chair

John McPhee tried tying himself to a chair so that he would stay focused on his writing. Victor Hugo had his servant take away his clothes each morning and remained in his room (supposedly naked) until he finished writing for the day. … Continue reading

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Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground

Years ago, when I was working at a DC trade association, the CEO stopped by my office one night before heading out the door. “Why do businesses fail?” he asked me. I could think of many reasons, but I knew … Continue reading

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The seven habits of highly effective enterprises

McKinsey & Company published a short article a couple of weeks ago that is long on leadership and organizational insight. “The seven habits of highly effective digital enterprises” by ’Tunde Olanrewaju, Kate Smaje and Paul Willmott is worth a read, … Continue reading

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