Great Leaders Feel Deserving

Many potential leaders never reach greatness because they feel they lack a mandate to lead. Consider the case of Babur. Babur ascended the throne of Fergana in in what is now Uzbekistan.   It was 1494, when Spain was claiming Caribbean islands, and Babur was only 12 years old.   At age 14 he led […]

Kiss a Leper: Leadership and Self-Contrarianism

This post is part of my leadership lessons from history series. Leadership requires courage of conviction. Working up to that strength requires overcoming your personal fears. The Franciscans are a Catholic order that is impressive by many standards.  They somehow continually convince people (currently 14,000 friars) to give up every personal comfort.  They sponsor numerous […]

Stop Killing Creativity

Korea is being crushed between low-cost countries, and high-cost-but-innovative countries.  If Korea is to survive as a First World country, it must become more creative.  Korea must become the Finland of Asia. I spent some time in Korea this week, searching for creativity examples.  I’ll share some examples in the future, because Korea is full […]

Your Political Beliefs Are Mistaken

Each of us holds a worldview. It is the lens through which we understand the world.  Because our worldviews are different, we interpret the political situation differently.  And that is okay. Over 200 years ago, Napoleon’s Grand Armee was sweeping across Europe.  The French Empire was rapidly growing and no one could stop it.  Then […]