Category Archives: Self-improvement

Develop Character First, Leadership Will Follow

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.  ~Helen Keller In the middle of the second World War, Britain was facing a shortage … Continue reading

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The Rights and RESPONSIBILITIES of Corporate Leadership

  I recently read what to me was a very disturbing article published in the INSEAD online magazine, KNOWLEDGE.  Normally I enjoy reading their articles as INSEAD has some very fine business academics and some well thought through research findings. … Continue reading

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A Deeper Look at Corporate Culture

The deeper we look, the more we learn As a young man I picked up a copy of a little book by James Allen, As A Man Thinketh.  I stuffed it in my backpack and finally pulled it out on … Continue reading

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Andrew Carnegie and the Responsibility of Wealth

Responsibility: something that it is your job or duty to deal with in a positive manner that creates a real benefit for others. To say that Andrew Carnegie left a legacy for the modern world is a gross understatement. Between 1883 … Continue reading

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The Greeks, Love and Employee Engagement

“What is the difference between like and love?”, the novice asked the Master.  The Master replied: “If you like a flower you pick it.  If you love a flower, you water and care for it daily.” Love is a broad … Continue reading

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Public Speaking and Match the Hatch

There are two kinds of speakers; those that are nervous and those that are liars. ~Mark Twain I was at dinner last evening with a good friend of mine and his lovely wife.  He owns and runs a very special … Continue reading

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Opps! A Third Critical Life Skill: Effective Public Speaking

My two previous posts on Critical Life Skills for Young People (Checklists and Backwards Planning ) have produced numerous comments.  But one, from a fellow blogger who has great insight and experience (as a father and business leader) is David Kanigan, … Continue reading

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Backward Planning: The Second Important Life Skill

You are young at any age if you are planning for tomorrow. In my previous post I introduced the importance of habits and life skills that should be learned at an early age. And believe me, learning good habits is … Continue reading

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Two Life Skills Every Young Person Should Learn

Life skills, like values, are best learned at an early age.  In today’s stipped-down, minimalistic educational system, values and life skills are not taught, let alone reinforced, so as parents, it is our duty to prepare our children for success … Continue reading

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Foxhole Buddies . . .

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out” -Walter Winchell Not too long ago I watched the HBO TV miniseries, The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks.  This is a companion piece to the widely acclaimed Band of Brothers. Both … Continue reading

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