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Monday Update!

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Three items of interest for today: The video of my recent speech at Google is now online discussing what leadership lessons you can learn from Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra An article on the burning of Toronto (called York at the time) and one of its overlooked outcomes Another brief article on the Korean War and its …

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Monday Update!

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A series of updates about history and modern leadership: A video lecture about the bad boys of the Roman Empire, Nero and Caligula, as a part of the prestigious Great Lives series at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia A podcast about how leaders can gain a competitive advantage through lessons from history given at the Commonwealth Club of …

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Julius Caesar’s Art of the Comeback

In The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

Students of leadership know that every failure holds the seed of turnaround and potential success. History offers few better examples than Julius Caesar. True, he came to a dead end on March 15, 44 B.C. – the Ides of March – when he was assassinated. Yet for the previous 40 years Caesar built a career in politics and war, but …

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L-E-A-D

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I learned something as a parent of teenagers. The worst way to get your kid to do something is to tell them to do it. That is almost guaranteed to fail. The best way is to get them to want to do it on their own. But how do you do that? Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can plant …

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A LEADER LOOKS WHERE NO ONE ELSE DOES

In Hannibal's Path, Leadership, Rome, What Would Alexander Do? by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

“Others follow their own lead and their own emotions. Don’t be distracted but go straight on.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations You’re in a large room. Everyone is looking in one direction, following reports from the media. Mainstream media, social media, and alternate media – all are pointing the same way, and everyone follows. Everyone, that is, except the one person …

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CROSSING THE RUBICON IS EASY – MARKETING IT AFTERWARDS IS HARD

In Rubicon, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

“Crossing the Rubicon” is an expression that shows off a little polish and education. But the history behind it offers a master class in marketing. That’s right, marketing. Read on. “Crossing the Rubicon” means making a difficult decision that can’t be reversed. It comes from a turning point in Roman history. It saw the rise of Julius Caesar and the …

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How to Network: a Present on Cicero’s Birthday

In Leadership, Rome, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

January 1 is the birth of a new year and January 3 is the birthday of an old classic — Cicero. One of the greatest of history’s statesmen and speakers, as well as a brilliant writer and a penetrating philosopher, Cicero was born in Italy on that day in 106 B.C.   Put Cicero on your list of reading resolutions …

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A LEADERSHIP LESSON FROM CICERO

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December was a month of glory and ruin for Cicero, one of ancient Rome’s greatest statesmen. As consul in 63 BC he stopped a violent revolutionary plot. In December of that year he pushed through the execution without trial of Roman citizens who were caught red handed. That was a turning point. It might have saved Rome but it earned …

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For Veterans’ Day, a Tale of Rome and Leadership

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On Veterans’ Day, November 11, public and politicians will thank the men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country – and rightly so. Some of it will be posturing, some of it just talk. The thing is, though, where leadership is concerned, talk is never just talk. A good leader never loses an opportunity to thank people for …

Barry StraussFor Veterans’ Day, a Tale of Rome and Leadership