Hitmen in our Midst

    A thousand years ago, in the early part of the eleventh century, a rebellious Shiite Muslim sect called the Nizari seized control of a mountaintop castle in Teheran, the capital of modern day Iran.  This was the first in what would turn into a series of attacks conducted against political leaders of the Islamic world by this group.  Using their weapon of choice, the dagger, these men used deceptive tactics to murder princes, scholars, crusaders, and anyone else they felt could get in the way of their agenda. While their loyalty to others could never be ensured, their dedication to achieving their own selfish goals was unquestioned. 

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Rethinking Our View of Leadership

   From our earliest memories it seems the guardians of the status quo, those who like things exactly as they exist in the present, work overtime to convince us leading is something reserved for a special few. Their efforts are made all the easier by the fact many of us have bought into the myth that leadership is somehow synonymous with our possessing a particular title, rank, or role. It’s something someone else does until we ourselves earn the appropriate promotion, attain the proper position, or win the next election. So what’s the effect of our possessing such a limited perspective? Well, perhaps not surprisingly, it makes it altogether too convenient for each of us continue to abdicate responsibility for our role in permitting, promoting, and even protecting the existing state of affairs.

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Troubling Times

     The warning signs that our society is experiencing a very real personal leadership crisis are everywhere. You only need to turn on the TV, tune into a radio program, click on the Internet, or pick up any periodical to find that story after story recounts a sad, sordid tale of broken promises, plundered pensions, and selfish motives by many of those entrusted to positions of authority and responsibility. In once high-flying companies such as Enron, Arthur Anderson, WorldCom, and Tyco, it was the leaders’ apathy, inaction, and lack of accountability that directly led to millions of innocent people being negatively affected, forever. 

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Calling All Bloggers - A Contest Just For You!

On Christmas Day 2012, I will start pre-sales of my new book: Mediocre Me.  I'm inviting 50 bloggers to review my new book on their blog and receive an extra copy they can give away to their readers.  Here's how to participate:

  1. Send me an email at J This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your desire to participate.  Tell me who you are, where I can find your blog, and how I can contact you.
  2. Agree to review the book between now and 1 January 2013
  3. Give away your second copy to your readers in a creative way

I'll review the entries and select the bloggers who will receive copies of my book.



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Becoming Your Best You

     Within each and every one of us exists a great dream.  A dream that is as unique as our one-of-a-kind fingerprints, our DNA, and our personalities.  For many of us, however, these dreams do not see the light of day. Not because we aren’t smart enough, creative enough, or capable enough.  It’s just that we, like so many others around us, settle for a leading a life far smaller and narrower than we are capable of living.

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