Category Archives: Self Reflection

My annual three most important days…and boy did I need them this year!

A friend summed up 2020 the other day for me: “Harry, the only good news regarding 2020 is that it is almost over.” Very few people have seen anything like it: A pandemic that has killed more than 1.5 million people around the world, including 280,000 Americans; 25 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, significant social unrest, and a U.S. presidential

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The surprising power of reading to broaden your thinking

Here’s a blog post to take your mind away (at least temporarily) from the US presidential election and COVID 😉 Many years ago, as an 18-year-old freshman at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college in northeastern Wisconsin, I learned an invaluable lesson in my required Freshman Studies class. We were assigned to read everything from Plato’s Republic to Shakespeare’s plays,

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Being surprised

I admit that I often (okay, VERY FREQUENTLY) mention that one of the biggest advantages of SELF-REFLECTION (and becoming self-aware) is that it minimizes the number of times you are surprised. I explain in my classes at Kellogg that anyone can determine if someone is really SELF-REFLECTIVE by talking to them for 15 minutes and seeing how often they admit

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A great example of ‘Those Guys’

In my classes and talks I often mention “those guys,” a mysterious, magical group of men and women that people will often refer to as the ones they’re waiting for to solve a given problem, large or small. True values-based leaders, however, recognize that THEY are “those guys,” and they take it upon themselves to find meaningful solutions and make

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When is it Too Much to Tolerate? If Ever, Now.

Given the craziness of U.S. politics over the past several years, I avoid addressing the topic very often in my writing. This doesn’t mean I ignore what’s happening in our country; frankly, it’s impossible to.  However, I try not to “take sides,” and I strive to look at issues from a “balanced perspective,” seeking to understand ALL sides. I give

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