How Wisdom Shapes Leadership Behavior

Leadership is about more than just words. Exceptional leaders possess a core set of traits and attributes that they use to guide, direct, motivate and inspire their teams to positively impact the world. Perhaps most important is wisdom: the knowledge gained through experience, reflection and contemplation. While the importance of wisdom in leadership cannot be … Read more

Leadership Insight from Antiheroes

When it comes to leadership, even fictional characters can provide valuable lessons as antiheroes. For example, President Business from The LEGO Movie and the Mattel CEO from The Barbie Movie offer unique perspectives on morality and power dynamics. Both characters were played by actor Will Ferrell. Through their stories, we learn vital lessons about how … Read more

Embrace the Suck!

It was an absolute delight to connect with Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden, the two wonderful hosts of “Someone To Tell It To.” I am so thankful for our mutual friend Brian Duke for introducing us. I truly valued hearing about their spiritual paths and their faith journeys, just as much as I enjoyed sharing my own. It was a … Read more

Tragic Optimism vs. Toxic Positivity

When it comes to facing difficult times, Viktor Frankl taught us about the important contrast between toxic positivity and tragic optimism. Toxic positivity is a superficial, overly optimistic attitude that disregards people’s genuine negative emotions. It encourages “positive thinking” without considering the way individuals really feel when tackling challenging situations. This approach can prevent us … Read more

Live Together the Impossible Dream

Monday Morning Motivations

Saturday evening, my wife and I were honored and delighted to attend a gala celebrating the 25th year of the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University—my graduate school alma mater. It was a special moment because no galas were held since 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic. No doubt the past three years have been … Read more

Restoring Trust by being Human

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an uncomfortable reality: the gap between what authority figures say and what people experience in their everyday lives. This great divide has eroded public trust, leaving us unsure whether we’ve been lied to or simply failed by those in charge. It exists across the political spectrum, in businesses, and communities. … Read more

Knowledge, Intelligence, Wisdom

Monday Morning Motivations

The advent and adoption of Chat GPT has been a watershed moment in the advancement of artificial intelligence. But with it comes serious concerns about the potential misuse or abuse of such powerful technologies. We need to ensure that AI is used ethically and responsibly. Organizations are only now beginning to consider the implications of … Read more

Mind, Body, Spirit <​–​>Leadership

Leadership is a powerful force that depends on finding harmony between the mind, body, and spirit. All parts must be attuned to make thoughtful decisions while remaining connected to ourselves and others. A strong self-awareness is paramount for success; understanding how our mental state affects decision-making processes is vital. Tending to our physical health gives … Read more

Moral Beauty

Monday Morning Motivations

Today marks the third anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down workplaces and the subsequent rise of work-from-home and hybrid work. Moral beauty is a powerful concept that has offered light and hope during this time. From medical professionals putting their own safety aside to ordinary people engaging in acts of kindness, this type of … Read more