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JESSUP LEADERSHIP

Producing change and building lives through authenticity, inspiration, empathy, and innovation

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David Timms

Leadership and Introverts

Someone jokingly said to me recently: "I've always thought there are two kinds of people in this world; extroverts and those who want to be." Predictably, it was an extrovert who made the quip. However, this is not far from... Continue Reading →

Leadership & Memory

We've all lost sleep replaying the hurts and offences we experienced yesterday and rehearsing a hard conversation that we anticipate the next day. Sometimes the two are related. Yesterday's wound sometimes means tomorrow's confrontation. But memories and perceptions (even recent... Continue Reading →

Policy & Productivity

It's easy (but shortsighted) to assess leadership purely on the basis of policy and productivity. The recent mid-term politicking here in the United States provides a classic case-study. We tend to gravitate towards leaders who share our views (policies) or... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Personality

Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Broadway Books, 2012) writes: America has shifted from what the influential cultural historian Warren Susman called a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.... In... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Resources & Regulations

Viability and affordability matter. On the one hand, budgets often determine the possibilities. If we can't afford it, we probably can't do it. On the other hand, rules and policies within an organization can be restrictive. "That's not allowed!" Those... Continue Reading →

Failure is not final

One of the most systemic fears of our day is the fear of failure; also called atychiphobia. (There's a new word for dinner parties!) We may all fear a stock-market crash, or a possible health crisis one day. We may fear... Continue Reading →

The Plight of Perfectionism

Creativity gets crushed under the weight of perfectionism. We generally learn perfectionism from an early age. People give us accolades for high performance, flawless accuracy, and orderliness. In a world where our peers can't seem to find the sock drawer,... Continue Reading →

The Creativity Conundrum

We face a conundrum in families, churches, and businesses alike. We need more creativity than ever, to relate to, communicate with, and shape a dramatically changing world. But for various reasons, the creativity genie is stuck in the bottle. Why?... Continue Reading →

Three Killer P’s

Psychologist Martin Seligman has identified three P's that can stunt our recovery from loss and undercut our resilience as human beings. These P's sometimes come into play when we experience trauma or loss. Grief opens the door to these soul-sapping... Continue Reading →

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