The Key to Happiness Is …

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This post is written for anyone and everyone who wants to understand how to be happy.  I bet that includes YOU! The pursuit of happiness is a hot topic these days.  If you do a quick Google search, you will find more than 23,000 books with happiness in the title.  In addition to books, there a more than you can count articles …

Four Life Lessons from Mister Rogers

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This past year I was mesmerized by Mister Rogers.  Since my boys were not loyal watchers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I am not sure why I am so intrigued–but I am not alone.  The documentary I loved and I enjoyed Tom Hanks portraying Rogers in the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood almost as much. I think my fascination is with …

Loneliness is Killing Us. Why We Should Care.

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Loneliness is killing us! We may think we are connected, but this an illusion.  Too many people are feeling lonely and especially younger people.  Articles on loneliness are published daily.  This CBS Sunday Morning segment on loneliness and suicide got my attention and I could not stop thinking about it.  And this was all before the Covid-19 pandemic.  The big fear is more …

Guest Post: Leading from the Middle

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Enjoy this guest blog post written by Gwyn Teatro. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito ~ Dalai Lama Leading from the middle is not really a new idea. But I suspect there are many people working in the middle of their organizations who don’t recognize their real potential to lead or …

Beware: NOT the Season to be Jolly for Everyone!

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Tis the season to be jolly?  Maybe and maybe not.  This post is written for people who are in the position to influence the lives of others.  Not all people are jolly at this time of year. The other day I was in one of my favorite coffee shops.  This coffee shop is much like the old TV show “Cheers” …

Leadership Lessons from Mister Rogers–A Sage

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Similar to several other people, I have been obsessed with Mister Rogers!  While my sons did not watch Mister Rogers often (I discouraged most TV and video games perhaps to a fault), I am now reading and watching all I can find about the man and it is easy to do.  (His commencement speeches such as at Dartmouth and Marquette are …

Every Day Can Be Thanksgiving

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During the month of November, there are constant reminders of why we should give thanks.  This post combines my thoughts on this topic.   When I teach my leadership course in the fall (as I am now doing), I include a mandatory, but ungraded assignment. Each student is to handwrite a thank you note or note of gratitude to a person …

Why Leaders Need to Understand Death and Loss

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This post is for anyone who is or has experienced loss.  And if you are in the position to influence the lives of others, then you need to read this post–for sure. An unusual theme that emerged that became a chapter in my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice for 100 Experts.  The theme was this:  leaders need to understand death …

What Legacy Are You Leaving?

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Being aware of the legacy you are leaving can make you a better person–a more effective leader.  What legacy are you leaving?  How do you know?  Read this to learn more. As a certified Sage-ing Leader through Sage-ing International, I learned the significance of what we call “legacy work.”  Thinking about the difference we are making in the world (legacy …