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  • Some thoughts on what we learn from the “hero” stories

    As I wrote previously, the CNN Heroes program should remind us of some of our most important leadership lessons. In fact, as I reflect on the stories from the three previous blog entries, I find that the lessons from these people could fill volumes. What follows is a highlighting of some of the leadership issues I see. Leading by autobiography:

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  • Everyday heroes: Betty Makoni in Zimbabwe

    In the last two entries, I retold the stories of Jorge Munoz and Jordan Thomas, two of the people profiled as CNN Heroes. Another of the extraordinary stories on the CNN Heroes program was of a girl who was raped at age 6, and who at age 9 watched as her mother was murdered by her father. Unfortunately, such experiences

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  • Everyday heroes: leadership stories for all of us

    In the next two entries, I will present two more stories.  Those of you who have followed my courses and seminars, or those who have followed this blog for the past few months, I would encourage you to consider the leadership lessons of these stories (there are many!).  This should be an interesting exercise, as they reflect many of the

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  • An everyday story of leadership

    During the week between Christmas and the New Year, I have spent some of my time catching up on some reading and looking at videos I have been meaning to watch.  During this time, I came across a year-end show on CNN where they designate their ‘Heroes of 2009’. I found this program quite inspirational.  As you all know, I

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  • Leading by autobiography

    While leaders may have varying styles, traits and behaviors, one pattern that I discovered relates to a concept I have come to call ‘leading by autobiography’.  This term refers to the idea that inspirational leaders who sustain their effectiveness over time are people who influence others with their stories of identity.  They have a clear sense of who they are,

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  • Sudden (?) interest in storytelling

    I must confess that I am discovering that one should not plan too much in advance when writing a blog.  Today, I would like to attempt to reconcile my plan to write some more about leadership training with my desire to discuss current happenings in my work life. More specifically: my plan was to go into some depth about my

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