The Virtue(s) of Leadership

Someone on Quora asked what virtues extraordinarily good leaders have, to which I answered, “why, all of them, of course…” And I went on, as I am wont to do, because one of the not-so-classic virtues, imho at least, is going beyond the obvious. The classical virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. I’m going […]

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How to Live

There are lots of things I don’t know, but I do know how to live. Someone once suggested that I learned it from this exchange between master and student from the classic TV series, Kung Fu:  Po: He who knows how to live need not fear death. He can walk without fear of rhino or tiger. […]

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5 Wrong Things Experts Told Me

One of the dangers of being a good listener is that, well, you listen. Combine this with a tendency to believe that other people generally know what they are talking about, and you’re in trouble. Here are the five worst I’ve gotten – and have, as of this moment, given up: 1. If you are […]

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The Four Words You Need

I hope you neither misread nor misinterpreted the title here. One, this post is more than four words, and two, if you think it’s about four-letter words, this could be the wrong blog for you. I’m talking about words you need to know. Not the ‘nice to know’ ones like adventitious and prolific, or the […]

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The Leadership Library

Someone asked me what their leadership library should contain. I stopped myself from flippantly replying, whatever ebooks you can borrow from your local library… because before I did, I realized that I had no idea why they were doing this. So I answered, and here I will share… If you’re developing a leadership library and […]

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The ABC of XYZ

Thanks to Quora.com, someone asked how you promote personal development within an organization. I don’t know the questioner’s rank in their organization, but I suspect they are more of a minion than the Felonious Gru… which of course gives them all the more credibility in my eyes. Here’s my answer: People grow. This happens naturally, […]

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On Funnels & Filters

“Why does he do that shit?” My caller, an old friend who has learned that I’ll try to answer any question, no matter how complicated, obscure, or expressed with strong emotion, was truly puzzled. When my immediate answer was, “There’s a lot of it going around,” I knew I had heard the same question (albeit, […]

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