One Grip Higher – 3 Words that Can Change the World

Humble. Active. Diligent. These are three words that have changed the world many times.  They are three words that can change your world as well, if you apply them to everything you do. If you want to be a leader worth following... be humble, active and diligent.  If you live and embody these words, I would … Continue reading One Grip Higher – 3 Words that Can Change the World

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Great Leaders Choose to Engage Reconciliation – Ezra 8&9

As mentioned in the last "Great Leaders" post, the strongest teams are comprised of the strongest personalities and the most influential people possible.  When I was the principal of Athena High School, I sought to ensure that the my leadership teams included these kinds of people.  I recruited the most influential leaders and educators in … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Engage Reconciliation – Ezra 8&9

Great Leaders Choose to Embrace Empowerment – Ezra 7

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the project manager for the Christmas Village at my church, The Father's House in Rochester, New York. Each December we put together a huge community outreach event.  For this event were preparing to host a Christmas production that would include a stage performance in our auditorium with … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Embrace Empowerment – Ezra 7

Great Leaders Choose to Be Ridiculously Disciplined – Ezra 7

For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for jumping.  As a child, I climbed every tree in sight.  In middle school I gravitated to sports that involved jumping. Throughout high school I played basketball for my school.  To the surprise of my coach and teammates, I dunked a ball in a … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Be Ridiculously Disciplined – Ezra 7

Great Leaders Choose to Create Great Celebrations- Ezra 6

The annuls of history are full of triumphant celebrations.  Conquering generals from Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to Napoleon Bonaparte have thrown extravagant ceremonies and feasts following military conquests.  Ticker tape parades across America following the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII reflect that this response was not limited to the ancient civilizations.  In recent … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Create Great Celebrations- Ezra 6

Great Leaders Choose to Let God Be God – Ezra 6

In our last post we looked at how Leaders Leverage Politics.  The political confrontation in Ezra chapter 5 must have been ominous and the source of great stress for everyone involved.  The Jewish leaders however, had an advantage that those who opposed them could never have anticipated; the God of the universe was on their … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Let God Be God – Ezra 6

Great Leaders Choose to Leverage Politics – Ezra 5

The term of "politics" has engendered extremely negative connotations over the past several hundred years! Consider the following collection of quotes on the subject by some leading influencers, thinkers and personalities from around the world and throughout history: "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Leverage Politics – Ezra 5

Great Leaders Choose to Cause Movement – Ezra 1

Great leaders choose to cause movement. Have you ever felt like a particular situation was absolutely hopeless?  Perhaps it was a broken relationship, a dead end job, a class that simply seemed too challenging or goal that seemed to be set too high? Paralysis can so easily set in when we feel things are beyond … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Cause Movement – Ezra 1