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Julius Caesar’s Art of the Comeback

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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CROSSING THE RUBICON IS EASY – MARKETING IT AFTERWARDS IS HARD

“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

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

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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“I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.”

I arrived in Rome on a sunny and broiling hot late summer Sunday. Sunday is everybody’s favorite day in Rome because most Romans have the day off work. The city quiets down and in the summer much of it empties out. You hear the old-fashioned greeting, Buona domenica, “Good Sunday.” Today was a holy day for two faiths in Rome. …

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Happy Ides of March!

Today is a great day…except if your name is Julius Caesar! To commemorate the Ides of March, there have been many notable postings on the Internet highlighting The Death of Caesar: The Wall Street Journal has published an excellent op-ed of mine discussing the leadership failures on March 15th, 44BC (reading the article may require a subscription so stay tuned …