Authenticity and “The Better Self”

Have you ever had a moment when you knew you were being the best "self" you could be?   How about the opposite, when you knew you were somehow presenting to those around you, in that particular moment, the worst of your "self"? Authenticity.  Being "authentic" is not just the craze; it's the litmus test …

Honor

"You can't compare men back then to men today.  There's just no comparison." So said one of the more compelling Civil War Reenactors I talked to at the "Battle of Waynesboro" in Waynesboro, Virginia last weekend.   What he meant was that there was something that the combat veterans of the American Civil War understood, …

Still in the Wake of The Civil War

Here's an interesting question:  what types of ceremonies, rituals, and celebrations are appropriate for remembering the war officially known as "The War Between The States"?  (So said Congress in 1948, one reenactor pointed out to me last weekend.) Actually, Wikipedia refutes my friend the reenactor, saying Congress never officially legislated a name for the war. …

Reflections on Daniel Pink’s “Drive”

What makes us do what we do?  What are the deeper motivations that keep us engaged in our life and work?  Under what conditions do we learn, perform, and live at the highest levels of engagement and what some call "flow?" Daniel Pink, in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, has whacked me …

Growing Up Into Dreams

Last night, I made a proclamation. "Tomorrow, I grow up." It's a Facebook Status kind of thing to say.   Is it true?  Will I grow up today?  On the one hand, each day is a growing up into responsibility and freedom.    Demands grow, stakes go up, opportunities present themselves with alarming swiftness and fickle timing.   …

Ruts and Horizons: The Demand for Change – Gary Hamel at the Summit

How fast is your organization changing? And are they willing to change fast enough and dramatically enough to keep up with a world that is changing with exponential speed? "Are you changing as fast as the world is changing?" - Gary Hamel This was the essential question Gary Hamel (one of the most influential business …

The Irreducible Core – Tony Blair at the Summit

One of my next projects involves some intensive research on the character of Robert E. Lee, General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  Yesterday, as I was reading about Lee's character and personality, of his sense of strength, duty, and personal belief, I was reminded of how Tony Blair had challenged us at …