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“Leadership Surprises from West Point” from author Jim Collins

Jim Collins, businessman and author of Good to Great, writes an article about speaking at West Point Military Academy and the surprising conclusions about leadership during this experience. One notable quote from the article was, “Army leaders face one giant reality that business leaders rarely face: ‘In business, if you make bad decisions, people lose […]

August 9, 2012

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A Book Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf: “The Adversity Paradox”

Another Book Recommendation from Lee’s Bookshelf: “The Adversity Paradox” by J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings. “Obstacles and setbacks are an inevitable part of life, especially in today’s harsh and volatile economy. This book will help you evaluate the very experiences that could stall or tumble a career and use them to build uncommon success.” […]

August 1, 2012

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Soar Higher, or Crash and Burn? Great Leaders Embrace the Power of Belief

Last week, I was in Oshkosh, WI attending the 2012 AirVenture event, a weeklong airshow and exposition of experimental aircraft, homebuilts, and generally everything aviation for the civilian aviation enthusiast.   It’s quite a show that attracts aviation enthusiasts from all over the world.  In my July 11th blog, we explored beliefs and how they impact […]

July 31, 2012

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Knowing Yourself and the Power of Belief

Abby is undeniably beautiful. Soulful eyes, flowing hair, articulate, alert. She is fiercely loyal and protective of those she loves. Everyone sees her potential, but she’s stuck by the limitations of her past. She’s my neighbor’s dog, and she’s in search of purpose and significance. Showing up mysteriously on my neighbor’s front porch one day, […]

July 11, 2012

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The Price and Responsibilities of Freedom

As a former POW in Vietnam, I know what it’s like to lose your freedom.  For more than five years, my comrades and I were locked in dark, dusty cells, with no contact with the outside world. In fact, I never saw a sunrise or sunset for several years and only saw the stars or […]

June 27, 2012

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Tackling Leadership – “Facing Reality, Starting with Yourself”

This article from Bill George, Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO, and best-selling author, is a great reminder to tackle problems head on and take responsibility as an honorable leader –  “In my 2009 book, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, the first lesson when encountering a crisis is to “face reality, starting with […]

June 25, 2012

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VIDEO – “Describe Your Career Before Your POW Experience” – Lee Ellis

http://youtu.be/bBc0SdrRhR4

In this video, author and leadership coach, Lee Ellis, describes his career before his POW experience described in his latest book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.Lee makes the strong point for advance preparation for those unknown events in one's life as well as the importance of following one's passion in work.To learn more about the 'Leading with Honor' or the publishing company, FreedomStar Media, go to www.Le…

June 20, 2012

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Memorial Day Reflections for All Leaders

Memorial Day means many things in our culture. For many it marks the end of the school year, and the beginning of summer. As I was speaking in Orlando on Memorial Day weekend, it was clear that it means the rush to vacation at one of the theme parks, while for others it’s the annual […]

May 29, 2012

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