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Michael Phelps and Dealing With Darkness

Michael Phelps and Dealing With Darkness

You may be tired of Michael Phelps by now, but I thought this commercial was compelling in many ways. It fits perfectly with one of our themes from last year’s Iron Leadership. (Joe Frazier). However, I might add something to the ending tag line: “It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.” I would add: “It’s what you do with the dark that brings you into the light.” Pete Scazzero terms this darkness, “the Shadow”…

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“Long Haul Leadership – Getting to the Finish Line” – Leadership Lesson

“Long Haul Leadership – Getting to the Finish Line” – Leadership Lesson

In 1968 the country of Tanzania selected John Stephen Akhwari to represent them in the Mexico City Olympics. During the race Akhwari stumbled and fell, severely injuring his knee and ankle. Long after the winner had crossed the finish line and with only a few thousand spectators left in the stadium a police siren went off alerting everyone that one final competitor was entering the stadium – it was Akhwari. After he finished the race a reported asked him: “Why…

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Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition

Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition

“Real leaders, wrote the novelist David Foster Wallace, are people who ‘help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.’” Read the full essay by Nancy F. Koehn.

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Staying the Course in a Changing Culture

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Staying the Course in a Changing Culture

As Western culture has changed, prevailing attitudes toward Christianity have changed with it. There’s no denying this reality. But what about Tim Keller, John Piper, and Don Carson? Has their attitude toward matters of Christ and culture evolved over the years as the world around them has grown more hostile to Christianity?  

Moses Deals with Conflict – Leadership Lesson

Moses Deals with Conflict – Leadership Lesson

There are all kinds of ways to deal with conflict. One way is to fight. There is a problem though: there is only one winner and everyone else gets hurt. Here’s a funny example: Handling conflict was of mighty importance in Moses’ life. Immediately after he delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, the conflict and complaints begin. When you read about Moses’ 40 years of leadership it reads like 40 years of conflict – with people he leads, enemies, himself, and even…

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