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"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment."    Rita Mae Brown

I guess you could say that this quote comes from the common-sense, facts of life file, but there is a particular reason… read more

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"What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens."   Benjamin Disraeli

It is emotional awareness a leader needs in order to bring together a cohesive team that together can successfully deal with the disruption Disraeli describes, because good leaders know that… read more

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"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." Albert Schweitzer

There’s a lot of talk today about happiness; What is it?  How do I find it?  How can I make it last?  I love the folksy nature of Dr. Schweitzer’s words and the reminder that happiness is… read more

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"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."   Albert Gyorgyi, Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of vitamin C

What a celebration of intellectual curiosity this wonderful quote represents.  Each and every day we encounter… read more

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We work to become, not to acquire.” Elbert Hubbard

What an interesting perspective to contemplate: becoming, not acquiring.  To me, this quote doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with acquiring things in life—a home, a savings account, or comfort in one’s surroundings.  I think… read more

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“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.” John Paul Jones

Scottish born, controversial, well known naval commander, and commonly referred to as the father of the American navy, John Paul Jones appears to have… read more

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“The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls.”  Chinese proverb

This is an interesting and timely quote on many levels.  One of the most frequent comments I hear from the leaders I work with is that the members of their senior team are very insular, they operate… read more

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“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.”  Anonymous

Understanding this simple concept, and applying it, is what sets good leaders apart from all the others who are struggling with lack of engagement in their workforce and the attendant… read more

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“There is no elevator to success.  You have to take the stairs.”  Anonymous

What a wonderful reminder that there is no easy way to be successful, especially as professionals.  One measure of success is one’s reputation, or brand, as I like to say.  Think for a moment of… read more

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“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”  Anonymous

This quote obviously applies to an English language dictionary, but its relevance is nothing short of universal.  I first heard this as a young sales trainee.  Our instructor was trying to get an… read more