Leadership Lessons from 1776

We’ve all heard in history classes that knowing about the past is critical for improving the present and future. I find this is especially true when I reflect upon the leadership lessons that we can learn from the trying times of the American Revolution. Upon revisiting Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough’s book 1776, the story […]


“SMART” Email Etiquette

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me an article after several email mishaps had occurred in the workplace. Some employees were sending out way too many emails; others weren’t replying to people in a timely fashion,if at all. The select “just right” email senders seemed few and far between, and even they couldn’t really […]

By Rebecca Wilke | LEADing Edge Topics

Margaret Thatcher: Glass Ceiling Breaker & History Maker

With leadership comes controversy. Whether guiding ten people or tens of thousands, even the best leaders will have their admirers and antagonists. Margaret Thatcher, who recently left the world she impacted so greatly, experienced both extremes throughout her illustrious professional career. Thatcher’s rise from grocer’s’ daughter to three-term reign as Great Britain’s Prime Minister has […]

By Rebecca Wilke | Hall of Fame Leaders

Is IPR Really Better than CSR?

I read an article recently detailing the differences between an In-Person Relationship (IPR) and a Cyberspace Relationship (CSR). Aside from my initial frustration with more acronyms to be aware of, the subject intrigued me because this discussion is a current hot topic for all types of families today—personal and corporate. While virtual interactions between people […]


A Leader’s North Star

In days gone by, mariners made their way through seas and vast oceans using a system called celestial navigation. This astronavigation involved using “sights” between the visible horizon and a celestial body such as the sun, moon, or one of 57 stars. The most popular of those stars was Polaris, commonly referred to as the […]


Making the Most with Millennials

The operational review had been scheduled for over two weeks, so where was the employee? Her day started at 7:30am, and several clients were already in line along with me awaiting her arrival. I glanced at my watch again; she was now over eight minutes late. I turned to one of her customers and asked, […]


Much Ado about Lincoln?

There has been a lot of attention given to Lincoln lately. A major motion picture has highlighted his presidency and leads the Oscar nominations at a stunning dozen. Since the fall of 2011, Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Lincoln, has climbed the charts and has now sold over one million copies. All this attention begs the […]


Generational Leadership: Generations at Work

What do a 55–year-old CEO, a 38–year-old manager, and a 22–year-old intern have in common? Definitely not their favorite music. Probably not their style of communication (email versus Twitter). Maybe their Starbucks habit. The one thing these age groups absolutely have in common is that they’re all members of today’s workforce; many of them are […]

By Rebecca Wilke | LEADing Edge Topics


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