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Getting Past the Poison and Working Together as a Team

We have a major problem in America. Our political system has become so poisonous that it is impossible for us to make decisions and move forward.

We need to learn the difference between negotiation and compromise and principles that cannot be altered.

There are certain things that are fundamental, issues of moral principle, that simply cannot be negotiated. However, the majority of issues, are available to compromise.

It is essential that we learn to negotiate, to look at the positives and similarities that we have with others. We need to learn what working together as a team really is.

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Leaders Are Readers: 4 Reasons to Start Today

Leaders Are Readers: 4 Reasons to Start Today

[guestpost]Today I’m excited to share some thoughts with you from Chris Mullen. He’s in his fifth year Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership Ph.D. program at Colorado State University, where he also serves as Assistant Director of Recruitment and Selection in the Office of Equal Opportunity. He’s focused on personal and professional development, leadership, and wellness. Today, he’s going to share some of his passion for reading (which I share) with us. You can find more from Chris at his blog.[/guestpost]

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” - Harry S. Truman

I don’t know about you but I find a lot of truth in this quote. I have found I am more engaged in life, work, and other ventures when I am in the midst of reading a book. What about you?

When I go any length of time without reading a book, I tend to feel like I am going through the motions each day. When I am reading, I have something to look forward to, something to discuss with others, and stuff to think about. It fills my need for learning.

Do you have a reason for reading? Why should you start or continue reading?

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Words from the Wise Lessons from an Entrepreneur

Words from the Wise: Lessons from an Entrepreneur

One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get the privilege of meeting with and learning from great leaders. They are legends of business, including people I’ve looked up to from afar for their great business acumen and the companies that they’ve founded.

They also include silent heroes that most people have never heard about. They are usually genuinely good people and more than willing to share their experiences and lessons learned in business.

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Delight in the success of others

Many of us are driven to succeed.  Some of us love the thrill of victory.  Others want to change the world. Still more long to do the most with the talents they have been given.

Often the drive to succeed is the motivating power that helps us persevere during difficult times. This is a very noble and positive human quality.  If we’re not careful, though, we can easily become addicted to the recognition that often comes from success.  When this happens, we become self-absorbed and lose sight of our noble intentions.

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The divisiveness has to stop

America has reached a level of divisiveness that is simply unhealthy.  Politicians, the media, and everyday citizens of both political affiliations are to blame.

We have forgotten what it means to work together; our country is being torn apart.

We have mistaken political positions and party lines for moral principles. Only the latter can not be compromised. It is the duty of every leader to know the difference.

Integrity requires that we live in accordance with what we know is right. Character requires that we work in good faith with others to find common ground.

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