This blog explores the spirit of leadership — that is, what is the heart and soul of great leadership? How do we make sense of leadership failures and successes, expectations and disappointments? All of us, leaders and followers, are caught in a web of myths, challenges, visionary goals and contradictions that we must face with […]

Much has been written about Chris McCandless’ fatal journey Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer’s biography made into a successful movie. Now Carine McCandless’ book shares the backstory she asked Krakauer to minimize, and what a difference it makes when we think of her brother’s early death! Krakauer’s story turned McCandless into a modern day luddite […]

What if business didn’t just serve the financial bottom line, but was an opportunity to lead in solving social problems? Cozzee, a social business offering 100% of it’s profits selling coffee to worldwide causes (hence the name!) is one of the new businesses cropping up who believe that’s not only possible but necessary. Pioneer banker […]

Soldier and businessman David Petraeus has become the poster-dude for the David Syndrome (also known as the Bathsheba Syndrome, in popular parlance.) Now, thanks to CDR Stallard and Major Sanger, in the Marine Corps Gazette,  we have a spiritual view of the antidote, the Nathan Solution. The Nathan Solution hearkens back to the Bible story […]

I try to write about positive leaders and leadership trends here, but in the past few weeks, my heart has been heavy with the news that Walter Palmer killed a protected, named, tracked and beloved lion in Africa. And that’s got me thinking about ego-driven leadership. The killing will have consequences, according to EcoWatch: “The […]

Let There Be Peace on Earth, For Earth, By Those of Us Dependent on Her for our Very Lives! In his encyclical, Pope Francis writes: The Earth, “this sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God […]

Justice, Finally? At the end of last month, ten people were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2012 attack on Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, a judge announced Thursday. Pakistani antiterrorism judge Mohammad Amin Kundi said they could be eligible for release in 25 years. It is ironic that the […]

I love this poem. It shows that freedom — and by extension innovation — is about taking a risk, despite what the other crabs say, and then dealing with the consequences, good and bad. This is a lonely, liberating moment most innovators have to take in order to achieve their goals.

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