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minimize a weakness and play to your strengths
As CEO from from 1984 to 2005, Michael Eisner was Disney’s idea guy. He was enthusiastic and creative. He always had detailed visionary concepts, but he wasn’t so good at the implementation of the ideas, the business end of things. He depended on Frank Wells for that. Frank did the numbers, investments, and time frames. He probably didn’t have an artistic bone in his body. Together, the two are responsible for retaining the original vision of Disney, and making it the entertainment empire that it has become. Weaknesses are not necessarily bad. We all have them. While it is not a...
resilience training
Welcome back readers! And hang in there... Many people believe that we’re either born tough or weak, and our circumstances dictate how we turn out. I am a firm believer that we can all learn to be resilient, and our ability to bounce back is not based on our genetics or even our life experience. The most powerful, effective managers and leaders are those who step up to a challenge and face it with flexibility, courage, and the ability to inspire others to follow them into the unknown. They may not know how strong they are before they are tested, but...

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assigning blame and how that holds us back
A wise friend once shared with me her secret to a successful and happy life . . . "Forget the back-story" - Leslie Ayers, The Job Search Guru Part of "Accepting what is," the first step in practicing Unfear, is to let go of assigning blame. When we get caught up in the back-story, in assigning blame, we arrest forward movement. Assigning blame is a diversionary tactic. It is avoidance, a fear reaction which imprisons us in the past. When we focus on assigning blame we create ego conflicts and a toxic work environment. Accepting what is requires focusing on...

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George Washington, Worthy of Praise?
After reading the article "George Washington's Tear Jerker" in The New York Times, one might ask, was Washington really the great leader he has been made out to be?  I asked myself that question during the summer of 2002 and began a journey to unpack truth from myth.  I went as far as contacting and speaking with Edward Lengel, the foremost historian on Washington's generalship.  After doing my own research I wrote the following which became one of the chapters on 20 leaders in Fired Up or Burned Out. First in Their Hearts Richard Neustadt, Presidential Scholar at Harvard University, observed the...
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