Just Add Water

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How many times have we seen people leave their current situation in search of “greener grass” only to later express the disappointed realization that Reality wasn’t as nice as the imagined version. How many times have we been that person? Inevitably, somebody sagely intones the ancient wisdom of the bromide “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” In doing …

Men Without Brains

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In his book, The Abolition of Man, the ever-quotable C.S. Lewis penned this gem describing a shallow, vapid future for mankind: And all the time—such is the tragi-comedy of our situation—we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, …

Permission Slips

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If you’re waiting for permission to lead, it’ll never come. If you’re waiting to be asked to initiate change, get comfortable. If you’re waiting to be tapped on the shoulder and be told “we need you!” … … That’s rarely how it works. Status Quo is generally satisfied with itself, and thus isn’t in the business of actively soliciting for …

Lead Like An Artist

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In his wonderful little book about art and creativity, Austin Kleon offers up a deeply wise bit of advice that has value far beyond his intended audience of would-be artists. In Steal Like An Artist, Kleon writes: Harold Ramis, the actor and director most famous to people of my generation for his role as Egon in the movie Ghostbusters, once laid …

When Leading Means Leaving

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Originally posted at The Huffington Post The words “Watergate” and “Leadership” don’t often go together … at least not without the word “failure” connecting them. Yet, for all the negative things “Watergate” rightfully stands for — scandal, corruption, abuse of power, constitutional crisis — it also provides an interesting story of genuine Leadership exhibited in a crucible of historic pressure. …