Times are tough. If you’ve lost your job, your house, or your hope for a better future it’s enough to make you feel like a loser. Make you feel completely alone. How to turn it around?
A paradox is not a conflict within reality. It is a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality should be like.
It started when he was a young boy. An obsession to right a terrible wrong. The Batman that played on television in his youth was a far cry from the original Batman comic books. It was joke. In his mind the real Batman was being dissed – comically. The young man made up his mind that someday he would avenge the Batman. And he did.
Why is it so critical for great leaders also to be great teachers and storytellers?
Out of the box thinking. How many times have you heard that? What does it mean? It’s supposed to connote creative thinking. But what happens if you stay in the box… and make it smaller?
Successful leaders don’t rest on their laurels. Leadership has to be a living process, not a title, not a business card. “The path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth. Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple.
I’ve had the good fortune to interview and work with many great storytellers over the last few years. J.D. Meier, program manager for Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices team, and author of the “Sources of Insight”blog, asked me what the most important lessons I’d learned from the high-profile “working” writers and storytellers … the ones who actually make a living doing it.
The story and interview that follows is not about avoiding a scandal or crisis, but how one American President through strength of character dealt with a situation that threatened his presidency, his reputation, his place in history and … America’s credibility.
How could the absolute worst pitch of all-time lead to anything positive? This one did. It was a miracle and soulfully enriched beyond belief. It was meant to be passed on.
If you had one last time to pass on all you had learned in this life – in a letter, video, speech or lecture – what would you say? How would you say it?
Ever thought about it?
Who would you say it to? Would you be maudlin or mirthful?
Kaziah Hancock paints portraits of fallen soldiers free of charge for their families as part of Project Compassion. A modern-day heroine, Kaziah’s paintings soothe the wounded hearts of American families who have lost to war – their children. Those wounds, although soothed, never heal. What a wonderful, selfless woman. LOOK and SEE true compassion …
So fast. Another year past. 2009 gone. 2010 soon upon. How did you do? What did you do? What did you do that really mattered? Have you even thought about it that way? Or …