A few weeks ago, I shared a blog post titled, “5 Virtual Mentors That Changed My Life”. I had originally planned to add two more virtual mentors, but the post started getting long. If I had added the two additional mentors, Maya Angelou would have made the list along with Frederick Douglass. Thus, this week’s blog Read More
7 Skills A 21st Century Leader Will Need To Succeed!
Recently, I provided the keynote speech at a large leadership conference and shared a talk about what makes a leader effective, along with the new competencies of leadership in the 21st century. To start my talk I shared my twitter handle (@linalharris) with the audience to provide them a way to ask questions, since there Read More
Why Live? We’re All Going To Die Anyway!
Stuff happens! The uncertainty of when and how stuff happens is a complex and necessary part of life. Most of the stuff that happens can be categorized as good or bad, however the interpretation and categorization of this stuff, is completely up to us. Or is it? There are a number of things and/or happenings Read More
Life by DEFAULT – (The setting for most lives)
It’s Monday morning. You awake to the frightening blare of your alarm clock, that serves as both an enemy and friend. After stumbling from bed, you stretch. It’s a new day. Are you going to live today on purpose? There’s coffee, a shower, toothpaste and a toothbrush…There are zippers, buttons, combs and/or a hairbrush…(The last Read More
The Internal Serial Killer
Early in my professional career, I was a fairly timid and quiet guy. I was elevated to management, largely due to my knowledge and expertise, but, I lacked the self-confidence to really be labeled a leader. I often struggled when expressing an idea or articulating a point of view, that I knew would not be Read More
The Magic of Laughter
Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard that you had to bend over just to maintain whatever composure you had left? Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard the muscles in your stomach hurt? What were you laughing about? How long ago was that? Often I have the opportunity Read More
Be present for your own parade!
Some of us are always thinking ahead, calculating our next moves and agonizing over the details of our strategic plan. Then we carefully begin to execute on the critical success factors of the master plan we’ve designed. …and that’s great! But sometimes we are so given to executing with excellence, that this plan is all Read More
3 Inspirational Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King has been a source of inspiration for me, since I was a child. It was Dr. King (by way of my elementary school teachers) who first introduced me to the idea of dreaming and standing steadfast in a dream. To honor Dr. King, on the day that has been set aside to celebrate his Read More
What side of change are you on?
Change is constant… For some of us…change is good! For others…it’s become the necessary evil we endure. Either we adapt or we agonize… Change comes…and then goes…opening the door for new change! So the question becomes…on which side of change are you? Here are a few examples of change we’ve all experienced or are Read More
Dare to be Great!
A favorite quote of mine is by Zig Ziglar:“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Today, I wanted to take a moment to remind all of you to…Keep your fire burning!! Dare to be great!!In all of us is an untapped source of Read More