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Don’t Write in the Margins

Don’t Write in the Margins

  “Don’t write in the margins.” I can hear my third grade teach even now. This was the year when we went from tablets (Big Chief tablets for those of you that remember) to the big boy, grownup COLLEGE RULED paper…the loose-stuff that I had envied in the binders of the…

Just Making a Deposit

Just Making a Deposit

Two stories… ONE:  I went to the bank, the drive through. I sent my stuff through the tube. I got back a receipt. The teller asked me if I needed anything else. I said, “Nope. Just making a deposit.” I handed over my little bit of money and left it with a…

Leadership: Fundamentals, Science, Art

Leadership: Fundamentals, Science, Art

I’ve recently been asked by a student to describe the basics of leadership. That’s a really good question. I am woefully short of the brain power and expertise to develop “irrefutable” precepts. BUT, I do think there are subjects with which a good leader must wrestle and develop proficiency. Here…

I Know I’m Right…I Think!?

Here is a delicate subject…not so much in the asking but in the answering: How do you know you’re right? As leaders, we are asked to make decisions, give opinions, judge, compare, select, accept, reject, and so on. If you’re at all like me, you’ve accepted this as an almost daily…

Why Would I Want to Follow You?

I primarily write on the topic of leadership. I enjoy becoming a better leader and being a part of that process for others. As I write, I find myself pondering a basic question: Why would someone want to follow my leadership? If you are a leader, why would someone choose…

Knowledge-Understanding-Wisdom

I am meeting with a group of great, high school young men. We are exploring what it is to be a servant leader. A recent topic was the relationship between knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Dictionary.com contains the following definitions: Knowledge–acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation;…

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