Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a special time. The spirit of the holiday can be voiced in verses from the Bible and from the mouths of deep thinkers. Here are some of my favorites collected through the years:
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” — […]
Does your organizational structure look like this?
In most places it probably does. At least that is the way the typical leader and almost every manager would diagram it. I did some contract work for an organization that looked like it. The person at the top, in that case a man, monitored and […]
It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US. Perhaps the biggest holiday of the year, it is marked with feasts, football, and shopping. Tomorrow, Friday, is known as Black Friday for business. Many stores open tonight, many more open very, very early tomorrow morning.
The holiday used to be observed almost entirely in homes. […]
In the November 14th issue of The Practical Leader Newsletter I reveal the ten stupid things leaders do and what they do to leaders once they do them.
But, the list will NOT appear here in this blog. It is for subscribers of The Practical Leader Newsletter only.
I’m Irish so I have an affinity for Irish tradition even if it has given rise to all sorts of stereotypes. But perhaps my favorite is the oh-so Irish gift of gab, the ability to tell stories and turn a phrase.
There is even a word for that. It is Blarney. When someone […]
His was a politically unpopular act. The tension between the American colonies, particularly Massachusetts, and Great Britain had heightened. The resentment against the crown had grown and the mere presence of British troops only made feelings more bitter.
A small platoon of British soldiers stood sentry on King Street in Boston. Their job? To […]
I am in Washington, DC, at the SCORE annual conference. SCORE is an organization of volunteers, all experienced business and non-profit leaders who volunteer their time to mentor others. There are 320 local chapters throughout the country in which about 11,000 men and women donate their time and experience to counsel aspiring business owners, […]
After my websites crashed last week, I spent a good amount of time with Tech Support at my hosting company and it did not turn out as well as it could have. It was just too difficult to contact them and they were way too slow in repairing the problem. So I am moving […]
This website was down yesterday due to a technical fault with our hosting service. I spent almost the entire day working with the service and my IT tech to get it back up. I am webmaster for 8 other sites and all of them were down due to one cause. It turns out the issue […]
This post is a departure from my usual leadership topics. 14 years ago my son went to Uganda to work for three months with a non-profit organization doing work in AIDS prevention among young people. He had recently graduated from university and was pondering job offers and career choices. While he was in Uganda he […]
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But he did. His father had died three months before he was born. His mother, Hannah Ayscough Newton, remarried when Isaac […]
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My son, Nathaniel, and I have collaborated on this post. The columns below are our observations on what we’ve learned as fathers. We’d like to hear from you too. Please leave a comment and tell us what fatherhood has taught you.
That normal is what you make it. I subjected my kids to a grueling […]
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