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The Ups and Downs of Cultural Conformity

A friend of mine moved to the South from New York because of a job opportunity. He told me, “People keep asking me, where do you go to church?”  To this community, fitting in with he community involved one being part of a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Failure

How do we rebound from life’s failures? For years I have rehearsed some of my many failures. Some I carry with remorse. Others I have endured with a pain it the pit of my stomach and the thought “Damn, how could … Continue reading

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How to Develop a Comfortable Approach to Being Appropriately Selfish

You have spent much of your life taking care of others. So when do you get around to taking care of yourself? Maybe you are the “Giving Tree” parent who burns out looking after the family day in and day … Continue reading

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Be Here Now

Some time ago we had supper with a delightful couple. Our friend was going through a particularly difficult time in his life at that time. After the meeting I commented to Kris “I feel such compassion for Steve” To which Kris replied, “His … Continue reading

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When The Battle is with Yourself

Every once in a while we find ourselves at war (or at least having a tiff) with ourselves. I had one of those “at odds with the self” dreams some time ago. In the dream I was in a boxing ring with … Continue reading

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Five Behaviors of a Visionary Leader

You can learn the ways of a visionary leader. Here’s how. I have known quite a number of remarkable futurists in my decades of consulting practice. Each took their organization to new levels of excellence and profitability. However, one stands … Continue reading

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Trust Matters

By  Cedric Johnson, Ph.D and Kristine MacKain, Ph.D We all know that when trust is broken, it hurts. Trust is the bedrock of every relationship both political and personal. Without trust, we are like a boat, left to drift with … Continue reading

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Why Character Matters in Our Leaders

 Character is destiny -Heraclitus, 2500 years ago: When we admire leaders as having “good character”, we are referring to their essential moral nature as it is typically expressed through their personality or behavior. In this section, we will also use … Continue reading

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Finding The Good Life

Written by Cedric Johnson, Ph.D and Kristine MacKain, Ph.D If we were to ask: “What does it mean to live the good life?”, many of us would immediately think, “financial security”. However, once that need is satisfied, and even if … Continue reading

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Be the Adult in the Room

When we tell someone to “grow up” it is usually in response to one of his/her immature emotional cadenzas. By contrast, great leaders are viewed as effective when they effectively maintain a positive emotional state, handle pressure well, and are … Continue reading

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