Women in Ancient Rome Didn’t Have Equal Rights. They Still Changed History

Barry Strauss, ‘Women in Ancient Rome Didn’t Have Equal Rights. They Still Changed History‘, TIME, March 5, 2019 ______ Ancient Rome was a macho society, often misogynistic, where women did not enjoy equal citizen rights. That said, if we look hard at the history, we discover some women who made their mark, either working within their prescribed gender roles as …

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Monday Update!

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!

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

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

“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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For Veterans’ Day, a Tale of Rome and Leadership

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 …