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The Hedgehog

leadership, business, innovation, achievement, strength

There is an old story about a fox that would constantly scheme about how he was going to attack a hedgehog.  He came up with elaborate plans and even tricks. But, inevitably, at the last second the hedgehog would simply roll into a ball with his quills sharply deterring the fox from further...

Game of Gladiators

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

James Stockdale was a US Navy vice admiral and aviator that was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which time he was a prisoner of war for over seven years.  He endured unimaginable torture and constantly battled their attempts to use him for propaganda.  In Jim Collins book, ...

Who Gets the Credit

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, achievement, efficiency

I am currently going back through a great business book called “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.  Since it has been several years since I last read it, I have a much greater appreciation for some of the timeless principles.  In order for a business to sustain greatness, there must be what is known...

The Bagel, or the Line?

leadership, business, innovation, achievement, efficiency

Simon Sinek told a story about he and a friend who came across a free bagel giveaway.  Simon exclaimed “Free Bagel’s!  Let’s go get one!”.  His friend replied, “No thanks.  The line is too long.”  Simon said, “Yeah, but it’s free bagels.”  His friend replied, “Yeah, but look at the line”.  After...

The Man in the Arena

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

As the Spring unfolds this year, there are many industries that are battling through their peak season.  Here is a message from Theodore Roosevelt for all of those who are in the arena fighting the good fight.  The critics and naysayers will never know victory nor defeat.  But those in the arena...

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