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The Root of Leadership

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.

—John Hancock (by John Singleton Copley; Public Domain)

True leaders don’t bark orders, they positively influence the actions of others toward a common goal. The former creates an atmosphere of distrust and apathy, while the latter makes people feel good about themselves while they work to accomplish the desired results. In fact, the more one demands respect as “the leader,” the less of it they will receive.

—MSH

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“It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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Cicero on Simplicity

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.

—Captain John Smith (Public Domain)

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Strategic Vision

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

—Confucius (by Wu Daozi, Public Domain)

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Patience versus Inaction

Patience and inaction are two very different things. One requires emotional strength, while the other is a sign of emotional weakness.

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—Michael S. Hazell

Those who don’t understand the true meaning of patience often shun the attribute. They claim to know what they want, and they want it now. Unfortunately, they are often unwilling to tackle the specific, directed, often arduous or mundane actions needed to bring their vision to reality. That requires work, and they only want the desired outcome. Those who have a strong enough passion for that outcome, however, are willing to complete every required task standing between them and their desire. They have a faith-based patience, yet they work—day in and day out—to make that dream manifest within their lives. And that is what separates these extraordinary individuals from the pack of wishful thinkers. 

—MSH

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Humor Friday

I just filled out my income tax forms. Who says you can’t get killed by a blank?

—Milton Berle (Public Domain)

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