Category: In The Middle

Mentorships Are The Connections That Bring All The Pieces Together

Leadership Lesson: Don’t forgo any part of your personal efficiency and strength, or that of your team or organization, by ignoring the importance of mentorship.

Mentoring is a powerful tool and experience.  Both the mentor and the mentee can gain from the relationship, with each side walking away more refined and better prepared for having partaken in, and extracted advantages from, the relationship.

In…


For Your Own Development, What Do You Think Leadership Lessons Should Look Like?

Leadership Lesson: Leadership lessons are everywhere. Open your mind. Be willing to look deeper into the unfamiliar, to draw out and see the lessons.

Recently, in the course of researching and looking for new books to read, I was reading book reviews, considering what each book might offer, and I came across one of my favorite leadership books – The Leadership Challenge – How To Make Extraordinary…


The Leader’s Legacy: How Do You Determine How History Will Remember Your Name?

Leadership Lesson: Thinking about what you want your legacy to be — and what it might actually be as of today — helps you shape your leadership to work toward leaving your desired mark.

“History will remember your/their name…”

In the current political climate, tempers run high, patience runs low, and discord and distrust run amok. The political landscape has become…


In General, Do We Need To Prime Every Person or Student As If They’re The Next Leader?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to understand that, although they will contribute meaningful value in other ways, not all people want (or need) to be leaders.

An article in The Atlantic, titled “Why are American colleges obsessed with leadership? What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf.,” questions the need – or “obsession,” as labeled by the writer – of American higher education institutions to build the…


What People Teach Us: Caitlyn Jenner, Her Community, And The Opposing Side

In a recent interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her life, covering topics spanning from her early life, to winning Olympic decathlon gold as Bruce Jenner, up into her revelation of her lifelong identification as female. Jenner also covers these topics and more in her new book.

An interesting part of the conversation took place when it turned to politics.

At the…


Do You Believe Business Can Step In To Make Government More Effective?

Can business step in to make government more effective?

From the outside, these two institutions may look very different, but at their core, there is so much they have in common. How far apart are these worlds, really?

Because business has suffered some well-known, controversial, and ethical wounds and maintained some long-lasting scars in its own world, it’s easy to imagine – and expect – the…


What Do You Allow As “Free Speech?”: Milo vs. Maher

Are you open to dialogue with a staunchly entrenched opponent or do you just ignore them?

Notoriously liberal comedian and political TV host Bill Maher sat down with alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulis on the former’s HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher in a meeting of ideological extremes brought together by Maher’s push to get liberals to open up to that which they find, at best,…


As Demonstrated In Brexit: How Do You Include A Former Opponent?

The Brexit Referendum has come and gone, and through it the people of the United Kingdom–England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland–decided to leave the European Union with the decision to leave winning by a relatively slim margin.  There are various reasons both sides of the argument supported their side and opposed the other when it came to the vote of whether or not to stay with the…


For All Its Relevance And Benefits, Does Emotional Intelligence Have A Dark Side?

Since its first mention in the leadership development field, Emotional Intelligence (or “EQ” for “Emotional Quotient”) has been seen as the someone’s ability to understand and read their environment with clear thinking so as to react without emotion in the moment.

It allows one to be able to process and handle the situation at-hand as objectively as possible without getting wrapped up in the situation so that they can step outside themselves and determine how to proceed effectively, without their response being clouded by immediate emotion.

Since the phrase and concept was coined, much admiration has been garnered for EQ, as it aimed to keep the emotion in the workplace level throughout exchanges and allowed people to understand the needs of others through empathy instead of solely reacting from the standpoint of their own needs.

“Emotional Intelligence allows one to step outside themselves…


When Someone Has Betrayed Trust, How Deserved Is Restorative Justice?

On Election Day in 2015, Bridgeport, CT reelected it’s disgraced former Mayor, whom had gone to jail for seven years for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from those doing business with the City, to the Mayor’s Office.  Five years after leaving federal prison, he beat the incumbent Democratic Mayor in the primary to then go on and beat a fellow Democrat, who finished third in the Primary…


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