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On This Day in Leadership History, July 23rd

On this day in leadership history in 1715, the first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. What’s the leadership lesson? When creating something or leading others, balance form and function in your work. Make it creative (and fun if possible) and make it functional. Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts – […]

On this day in leadership history, July 16th

On this day in leadership history in 1969, Apollo 11 launched, carrying 1st men to land on Moon. This is Buzz Aldrin’s bootprint, one of the first steps taken on the Moon. What’s the leadership lesson? Stay in your area of natural strengths and behaviors, and then intentionally stretch yourself to grow and achieve your […]

On this day in leadership history, July 9th

On this day in leadership history in 1776, The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York. What’s the leadership lesson? Communicate, communicate, and over-communicate with your team, and don’t have a big lag time between decision and communication. George Washington in the American Revolution – Wikipedia   […]

On this day in leadership history, July 2nd

On this day in leadership history in 1982, Larry Walters (“Lawnchair Larry”) took flight in his homemade airship that consisted of a lawnchair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it. He stayed in flight for about an hour. What’s the leadership lesson? If you have an innovative, energetic, creative team of people at work, […]

On this day in leadership history, June 25th

On this day in leadership history in 1868, FL, AL, LA, GA, NC & SC were readmitted to U.S. It took three years for the readmission process to begin after the war ended in 1865. What’s the leadership lesson? Sometimes after a relationship has ended, it’s time to re-connect. Only you can decide when it’s […]

On this day in leadership history, June 18th

On this day in 1977 in leadership history, Space Shuttle test model “Enterprise” carries a crew aloft for 1st time; it was fixed to a modified Boeing 747. It would be 4 years later before the official Space Shuttle takes off in 1981. What’s the leadership lesson? Whether it’s small wins or big wins as […]

On this day in leadership history, June 11th

On this day in leadership history in 1987, Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term. What’s the leadership lesson? As a leader, make sure that you’re winning for the right reason. Fame, glory, or a desire to win fade over time. Character and honor is a […]

On this day in leadership history, June 4th

On this day in leadership history in 1924, an eternal light flagstaff was dedicated at Madison Square in New York City in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I. It still exists today. What’s the leadership lesson? In your work and leadership, intentionally commemorate special moments in history to help […]

On this day in leadership history, May 28th

On this date in leadership history in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic. 80 years later, it’s still in operation allowing thousands of cars to travel across it every day. What’s the leadership lesson? When planning your next project or endeavor, have the leadership vision to build for long-term […]

On this day in leadership history, May 21st – Clara Barton

On this day in leadership history in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton. Here is a 3 minute story of her life and leadership contributions. Let’s all learn from the lives of others who have made a mark on history. Clara Barton – Wikipedia      

On This Day in Leadership History for May 7, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1941, Glenn Miller records “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA. What’s the leadership lesson? In the midst of making and selling records for RCA, Glenn Miller was still able to focus on the love of making music! Remember to keep a core love of the work that you do […]

On This Day in Leadership History for April 30, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1789, George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. Note that it was 13 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. The leadership lesson? In our fast-paced “want it know” culture, significant changes and accomplishments take time. Be patient, stay focused, […]

On This Day in Leadership History for April 23, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1860, the Democratic convention in Charleston SC was divided over slavery. Contrary to popular belief about the South, slavery was not widely accepted by everyone in these states. Many courageous leaders fought for the freedom and rights of African Americans in this region of the country. What’s the […]

On This Day in Leadership History for April 9, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1992, John Major elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history. Five years later, Major went on to lose the 1997 general election in one of the largest electoral defeats since the Great Reform Act of 1832. […]

On This Day in Leadership History for April 2, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1931, a teenage girl, Jackie Mitchell, strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A few days after Mitchell struck out Ruth and Gehrig, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and declared women unfit to play baseball as the game […]

On This Day in Leadership History for March 26, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1859, the 1st supposed sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury; it doesn’t exist. What’s the leadership lesson? Research and testing is needed in day-to-day work, but correct quickly if mistakes are made. Planet Vulcan – Wikipedia      

On This Day in Leadership History for March 19, 2017

Any Scrabble or “Words with Friends” fans out there? On this day in leadership history in 1955, “Scrabble” debuts on board game market. What’s the leadership lesson? Leaders should do something in addition to work to keep their mind sharp. Try a board game! Scrabble – Wikipedia

On This Day in Leadership History for March 12, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1884, Mississippi establishes 1st US state college for women. Mississippi University for Women is still in operation today and has taught many notable graduates working in various industries today. What’s the leadership lesson? See a need, fill a need! Mississippi University for Women – Wikipedia    

On This Day in Leadership History for March 5, 2017

On this day in leadership history in 1807, The first performance of hearing-impaired Ludwig van Beethoven’s 4th Symphony in B debuts. Listen to it below. What’s the leadership lesson? A passionate leader in his area of giftedness cannot be stopped by challenges and obstacles. Keep moving forward!