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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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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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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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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 …

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March is for Leaders

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       In the ancient world the waters of March ran red with blood. The month of spring was also the month of war. It was the traditional kick-off of the military season, when legions marched and navies sailed. No wonder Julius Caesar planned to start a vast military campaign in the east during March 44 B.C. The Romans knew what …

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A Lesson in Humble Leadership, from Caesar

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Caesar botched his attempt to turn down the throne in his public appearance at the Lupercalia on February 15, 44 B.C. But he did know the value of looking selfless. Five years earlier, when he invaded Italy and set off a civil war, he played the humble leader. The Rubicon was a little stream that marked Italy’s northern border. By …

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How Not to Sell a Power Grab

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February 15, 44 B.C. was the day in which public opinion in Rome took a big swing against Julius Caesar. It was the Lupercalia, an annual religious festival in which men ran through the streets half-naked and lightly touched young women with goatskin thongs. It was all good fun and the Romans thought the gesture would bring fertility. (Writing this …

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