Hall of Fame Leaders

Jan
13

How Beliefs Change Your Brain

We’ve talked before about how our core beliefs impact the interpretation of events and our actions, but did you know that your beliefs actually change your brain? Tim Jennings, President of the American Psychiatric Association’s Tennessee chapter, likens the relationship to a fire alarm, much like the ones in your office building. This ‘fire alarm’ […]

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Dec
16

The Power of Belief

Imagine walking along a white, sandy beach. It is mid-afternoon; a slight breeze blows while you gaze at the sparkling waves. As you stroll along, you notice two young boys playing at the edge of the water. As it recedes, the kids give chase, only to find another wave crashing down at their feet. One […]

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Nov
25

The House that Vanderbilt Built

Recently, I spent a glorious day in a quaint area of New England where the Industrial Age’s rich and famous built their summer “cottages.” I emphasize the word cottage because this is what wealthy families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries called their Newport, Rhode Island homes. These edifices were simply summer get-always, […]

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Oct
28

From Managing Millennials to Millennials as Managers

The workplace shift that Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have heard about for years has finally arrived. According to a recent report from EY (a global firm that includes Ernst & Young, LLP), 87% of Millennial managers took on new management roles between 2008 and 2013. Considering that Millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000) […]

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Oct
14

Share Your Burden, Carry Your Load

We’ve all had it happen. It is mid-morning, and we’re in our office knee deep in a project—then there’s a knock at the door. “Hey, you know that project for the team that’s due tomorrow? I know this is last minute, but I had something come up. While you’re working on it, would you mind…?” […]

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Sep
23

How is Your Stress Analysis?

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius  Stress has become second-nature to most people in leadership today. In fact, stress is no longer a variable to be […]

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Aug
26

Making the Most of a Bad Situation

The smell of freshly cut grass and the crack of a bat typically signal an after-work activity or family outing rather than a chance to look deeper into leadership skill sets. And after this summer’s scandals of bad decision-making by a few baseball players, some people may tend to steer away from “America’s game” for […]

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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 […]

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