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When I was a little boy there was something magical about a cape. It did not have to be store-bought: an old discarded towel or pillow case bequeathed to me by my Mom would do. Regardless of its origin, it became magical the moment it was draped over my shoulders. I instantly believed I could fly. But somewhere along the…

“Send me a man to fight!” was the cry from the valley of Elah by the Philistine warrior Goliath. Saul had the opportunity to save countless thousands of his men from slaughter if he would fight for them - serve as their Protector. This was a common practice for armies in those days and soldiers knew how good leaders performed…

The ability of a leader to clearly communicate message is vital. As Gilbert Amelio said, “If a leader can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter.” Leaders usually fail to clearly communicate message for one of two reasons: They are out of touch with their constituency, so they…

I made a remarkable scientific discovery in the fifth grade. Actually I did not discover the principle: I just became aware of it. I was playing with two magnets, watching them attract each other when it happened. I turned them around and voila! …they repelled one another. I know this is not “earth shattering” information. Most of us know about…

In leadership there is often discussion around the topic of leaving a legacy. Many leaders work hard at creating what could be defined as the “pièce de la résistance” of their lives. This is not a new concept as men have striven to leave their mark on society for centuries. They attempt to keep their memory alive by building pyramids,…

Leadership by nature can be demanding, time consuming, draining and stretching; and that’s on a good day. It takes a special type of person to love leadership enough to give this type of effort. Leaders don’t march to the beat of a different drummer; they are in an entirely different band. Usually people do not get selected for leadership because…

Authenticity is when who we really are matches the image we portray to others. “Esse guam videra,” means, “to be rather than to seem.” Look up the word authentic in a dictionary and you will find clarifiers like real, genuine, credible, dependable, faithful, reliable or trustworthy. The Bible uses some of the same words in reference to a steward’s (worker/leader)…

For over four decades I have studied the DNA of leadership. Yes, I have read books and attended seminars but primarily I have just closely watched as leaders did life. These leaders were intergenerational, representing multiple leadership styles, personalities, experiences and language groups. It is no coincidence they share some of the same “DNA” traits or that they are consistently…

Let’s be honest: we all like to get credit for the things we accomplish. So what about those times when you plan, work, assist, contribute or even make something happen? You do your best and are not even mentioned in the small print? The story of the first miracle of Jesus turning water into wine is told in John 2:1-11.…

Okay, sing along with me, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, oh…” Perhaps you remember singing this song as a child in Sunday school or maybe at camp, but what does it really mean? In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” and in verse 16, “Let your light so shine…

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