Category Archives: Leadership

What we need is a little optimism

I was going through some dusty old things the other day and found a “Youth Appreciation Week Citation” I received in 1969 from the Optimist Club of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Wow, I thought, that’s a long time ago! What was ironic is … Continue reading

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Standing with others may be the first step to helping them

I have been thinking these last few days about a quotation attributed to the German writer Goethe: “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you … Continue reading

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Is fear holding you back? Consider these three lessons

Napoleon Hill once said that fear is the single greatest obstacle to success. Yet, even with success, fear does not go away. Instead, it burrows into your subconscious in more subtle and insidious ways. You get comfortable, and you hardly notice … Continue reading

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Leadership advice from the remarkable Frances Hesselbein

It’s Girl Scout cookie season, which means that soon I’ll be enjoying one of my favorite cookies—Do-si-dos. (In case you’re wondering, those are the ones with oatmeal on the outside and peanut butter on the inside.) The sale of millions … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, gratitude and the value of encouragement

The other day an email popped into my inbox from HostGator, my web-hosting company. I get marketing emails from them from time to time, so I didn’t pay much attention at first. But the headline caught my eye: “Want instant … Continue reading

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Need to make an apology? Here’s how to do it right

“I’m sorry” and “excuse me” are words we hear on a daily basis. When used liberally and expressed sincerely, they go a long way towards preserving civility and smoothing over awkward moments. If I accidentally bumped into you on a crowded … Continue reading

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Everything I know about management I learned from gardening

It’s September again. The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler. The grass is staging a comeback, the liriope is in full bloom and the crepe myrtle is taking its final bow. As I walk around the yard, taking stock of this … Continue reading

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Great leadership, like storytelling, answers ‘why’ not ‘how’

Several years ago, I attended a Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership seminar. Ever since then, Dave (or more likely someone on his staff) has been very good about emailing me with business tips and info on his latest offerings. If anything, he’s … Continue reading

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Stand and deliver: how to give impromptu remarks like a pro

You’re at a meeting, a retirement party, an awards banquet, a birthday celebration, a wedding, a funeral—any place where people are gathered. Suddenly you hear your name called. Then the dreaded, “Can you say a few words…” You’re not prepared. You … Continue reading

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