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What They Teach Us: Andrew Cuomo And Leadership In A Time Of Crisis

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to take away what we can from the best examples of leadership, even in a crisis, when the leadership can either shine or not.

Where do you get your leadership fix?

Who do you look to who you, if not follow, at least consider dependable, knowing they’re taking care of your environmental, organizational, or, hell, even psychological needs?

Like, who do you look to and think Shit, okay. I know this person is on top of things?

COVID-19 has hit the U.S. (I pray to God there’s no need to include a hyperlink to any background on the virus because you’re well aware and informed of what’s going on.)

(…You know what’s going on, right?)

In any…


A Leader’s Relatability: Does Your Message Sound Too Scripted And Polished

Leadership Lesson: In order to avoid sounding too scripted and unnatural, a leader should tap into and refine their self-awareness when conveying the message of their mission, intentions, and plans.

The basis for this post was a conversation I had with a colleague a few years ago in the thick of the last presidential election, when Hillary Clinton was battling Donald Trump, specifically, in the final debates leading up to the 2016 election.

My colleague made it known they didn’t like Hillary Clinton. That aside from and in addition to the typical reasons people found Clinton unpalatable, they found her to be too polished, leading her to seem too scripted, a by-product of being overprepared. There was nothing natural, so she seemed too manufactured.

My colleague’s comments…


What People Teach Us: John McCain And The Leader’s Legacy

Leadership Lesson: There are so many lessons we can learn from the leaders we’ve lost. Learning from their best attributes galvanizes their legacy and reinforces our own development and self-reflection.

It’s always sad to lose a great leader. Every day they lived they added strength to their reputation and resolve to their message. They knew how to live their life, espouse and live their values, and work for the betterment of the group. And, although that impact continues through their legacy, the lack of their everyday presence creates such an immense void beyond the obvious physical absence. We lose the everyday visual display of their impact and influence.

And as powerful as that sounds, none of it means you had to agree with every decision they made or…


What People (Can) Teach Us: The Democrats – Respect, Understanding, and Preparation

Democrats swept political seats across the country earlier this week on Election Day, picking up seats and taking control of state legislatures, governor’s mansions, city councils, etc.

Elections sweeps, some may say, in general, are eventually par for the course when one party takes the majority in each of the political landscapes at the federal, state, and local level – the next time around, the pendulum swings the other way to make up for a previous swing too far in one direction.

But this was overwhelming — a blue wave as it’s been called. It seemed to be a grassroots groundswell in response to the political environment and atmosphere which has gripped the country.

“Whether in politics or not, one needs to be sure…


What People Teach Us: Jeff Flake – Environment vs. Principles. How Much Is ENOUGH?

When is enough enough for you?

This week, Arizona junior United State Senator Jeff Flake, a detractor of the President’s since early on in the presidential campaign season, gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate in which he came out against and denounced the current state of U.S. politics and the President’s role in perpetuating the negativity, telling the President “ENOUGH!”

In an attempt to avoid a perceived complicity in the devolution of political system, Flake announced he would not seek reelection in January 2019 and would instead retire, knowing he would face steep odds in maintaining his seat as his favorability numbers tank in his district while those of the President remain high. In addition to those hurdles, he…


Trump (& Sessions) vs. Comey: Does A Mission End With The Absence Of A Leader?

(Before you read this post: This post is not responsible for the constant shifting, clashing versions, and various iterations of the same story by the administration. There’s just no way to keep up.)

This week, President Trump abruptly fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey while the bureau was in the middle of an investigation into whether there was collusion between Trump’s campaign staff and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

In his official letter to Comey making the firing effective, Trump stated that in doing so he was working off of the recommendations of both the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General, which suggested new leadership was needed at the FBI.

Sessions being…


What People (May) Teach Us: Emmanuel Macron, Trump, And Promises Of Unity

Emmanuel Macron will be the new president of France, having upended his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, in the country’s election in definitive fashion by an almost 2-to-1 margin in votes.

In Le Pen, the loud echo was heard of the populist, nationalistic sentiment campaigned on and maintained by both President Donald Trump in the U.S. and the pro-Brexit leadership and contingent in Britain.

Whereas the U.S. and Britain decided to go with the leaders of nationalistic tone who aim to exit any deal, organization, or economic bloc or body which does not put their country’s interest at or near top priority, France decided to go with a centrist leader in Macron, signaling the French are not quite ready to leave the European Union.

With…


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