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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "Don't confuse what people in Washington are saying for what people in the country are feeling."

The 32nd president of the United States, Roosevelt was also one of the most loved by the people for his common sense and caring. This quote came as the result of a… read more

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"Be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside."     Alexander Pope

One of Britain's greatest poets and satirists, it's easy to see why Pope was admired for his insights into human nature. In this quote, to me, he speaks to those of us who may be a bit… read more

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"Vision without implementation is hallucination."       Walter Isaacson

It would be hard to estimate how many times I have used this quote in my work with leaders and senior teams. It's especially useful with people who consider themselves visionaries, have great ideas, but lack the… read more

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"Virtually every good thing in my life I can trace back to a misfortune, so my feeling is you don't know what's good and what's bad when things happen. You do not know. You have to wait to find out." Author and filmmaker, Sebastian Junger

This is one of those wonderful quotes that causes… read more

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George Bernard Shaw: “Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

The brilliant 20th century Irish playwright and political activist, Bernard Shaw, as he preferred to be known, was one of two people to ever win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize. Shaw's wit… read more

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"You can deny reality, but you can't deny the consequences of denying reality." Ayn Rand

For me, the true test of a quote is how well it wears with time and remains relevant. There is no better example of this than this quote from the mid-20th century, and my guess is that its relevance… read more

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” Abraham Lincoln

As the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln's leadership was tested through some of the most challenging times in American history. According to many historians,… read more

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"I don't want to be a super model. I want to be a role model." Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer, as well as a wonderful example of values-based leadership. In my work with Aspen Institute Central Europe, twice a year we take 30… read more

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Using Prejudice as a Tool for Growth

"Prejudice is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason." Dictionary.com

One would have to have been living in a cave this past week not to have heard the terrible news about the death of… read more

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Alexander Pope: "There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit."

One of England's greatest poets and essayists, Alexander Pope's observations of the human condition are as relevant today as they were in the 18th century at the height of his work.… read more