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Coronavirus: Humanity 2.0 - Part 1

I have spent the last two weeks communicating with leaders around the world and one thing is clear: we are in totally uncharted waters without radar, sonar, or anything else that will help us chart a clear course.

I can't help but be reminded of… read more

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What the coronavirus tells us about leadership

Few things in our lifetime will ever tell us as much about our leaders as the Covid-19 pandemic will. Perhaps the most important element of good leadership is character, and as Goethe told us, "Character is formed in the… read more

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"The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more."     Alexander Pope

Thought by many to be one of, if not the greatest, English satirist and poet, Alexander Pope's 18th century insights are as fresh and relevant today as they were almost 300 years ago.… read more

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"How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!" Alexander Pope

Pope is quickly becoming one of my favorite observers of human nature. His insights are so relevant and current, even though we must go back almost 300 years in history to find them. To me, this quote is about one of the… read more

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“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." Plutarch

There is nothing like the test of time to evaluate the quality and relevance of what someone has said. Ancient Greek biographer and essayist, Plutarch, reminds us of one of the most basic, fundamental truths about human… read more

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”As in a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." Seneca

Roman stoic philosopher, Seneca, taps into what many might say is the meaning of life with this quote. Unfortunately, as we rush about our daily lives, many of us give little thought to Seneca's… read more

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“Take a simpleton, give him power and confront him with intelligence — and you have a tyrant.”
Wendell Berry

You know, there's not a lot I can add to this quote. It is absolutely marvelous in its simplicity and impact. While I'm almost sure that Berry meant this in a political… read more

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"Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Someone once explained to me that we can act like anyone we wish when everything is going okay and we're feeling pretty good. I'd say that's true enough. For most of us, when we don't feel unduly… read more

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"Moral certitude isn’t the exclusive posture of the young. But it is an easier one to hold when life hasn’t yet given you sufficient time to leaven idealism with experience, second-guess yourself and learn that the things you once thought were most true aren’t quite so." From This Decade of… read more

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"If you want something you never had then you've got to do something you've never done" Anonymous

I love this quote and I love it in the context of career success. The people who are evaluating your progress and likelihood for promotion are not only looking for what you have accomplished… read more