Losing a leader

Mother’s Day 2014

Death is a part of life. Birth gives us the “from” and death gives us the “to” when a life is defined in earthly terms.

Louise Balentine (1928-2017) passed away peacefully surrounded by her children – a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, leader. Not enough good can be said to match the person she was.

Her legacy of kindness, gentleness, loving and forgiveness will be felt for many years.

Thank you mom for leading me in life.

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Lost on a shelf


I was cleaning off a bookcase today. It had become a convenient dumping area instead of an organized storage space.

One of the shelves had a box. And in that box we’re several books that a good friend sent me. Well, he’s not just a friend. He’s also the author. And he’s a blogger, a retired Disney Institute facilitator, having spoken to over 1,000,000 people, a husband, a dad, . . . a leader worth listening to.

These are ones I forgot I had. And I’m giving them away for free. To quote a line from Jeff’s book:

“This book will remind you why today is not a good day to put your dreams on hold.”

What are you waiting for? Don’t be like me and put your dreams on a shelf.

If you want a copy of Jeff’s book, simply leave a message in the comments below and I will get in touch with you.

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First is second

John Adams (1735-1826)

The first was the second.

Our first Vice President became our second President. John Adams (1735-1826) served as our nation’s first Vice President. He placed second in the electoral college balloting to George Washington (34 votes vs. 69 votes). Imagine our country today if this practice was still in play!

Adams was a revolutionary leader, along with his cousin Samuel Adams. He believed in justice for all, including the British soldiers who were involved in the Boston Massacre. Eight soldiers, one officer and four civilians were tried for murder and Adams was able to secure acquittals for 6 of the soldiers.

As president, John Adams was the first to take up residence in the White House. He was the first father of a president (John Quincy Adams). Adams was also our first ambassador to Britain, an important role seeing how he was instrumental in framing the Declaration of Independence and the constitution following the war with Britain.

So being second isn’t always a bad thing. It can lead to a lot of firsts.

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” John Adams

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Second in command

Are these leaders overlooked?

When we think of leadership or leaders, we sometimes overlook who is second in command. Whether we are talking about a company, community organization or government, we often fail to notice the number two person.

A few years ago I wrote a series a posts on our Commander-in-Chief. This time, I thought I would introduce us to CIA – 1, the Vice Presidents.

How much do you know about them? Of course some went on to be presidents either through succession or election. We will take a look at the vice presidents. What about their leadership? What about their inspiration? What can they teach us today?

Stay tuned!

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I’ve been whining

No excuses for building it this tall.

Lately, I’ve been whining a lot. I’ve been making a lot of noise because of many things: personal health, family health, work issues, losing friends, traffic, weather, leaving pickles on my chicken sandwich . . .

I wrote a post a few years ago but due to some spam and possibly a virus attached to it, I had to delete it. However, it is so fitting to my feelings today and my experiences throughout the past year. It was titled:

Excuses – Be sure to check your math

We’ve all been in these situations. Something doesn’t go right or doesn’t go the way we planned. So we go back and analyze. Did we make a mistake in the planning or in the execution? Maybe I’ve been making excuses for things that were in my control.

Mistakes are a part of the growing process. In other words, it could be totally our fault and no excuses can make the mistake go away. It is what it is.

So be sure to check your math.

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