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Dennis Nichols

The Pseudo-Connection

In a previous post, I referenced Henry Cloud’s book, The Power of the Other. Cloud presented an intriguing case for connecting as the essence of leadership. He asks leaders to evaluate their leadership connections in terms of four grids: 1) disconnected;... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

Continuing our theme of connecting, look for someone you might love unconditionally today. They are everywhere! "The people who help us grow toward true self offer unconditional love, neither judging us to be deficient nor trying to force us to... Continue Reading →

Bad Connections

In his book The Power of the Other, Henry Cloud presents an intriguing case for “connecting” as the essence of leadership. He asks leaders to evaluate their leadership connections in terms of four grids: 1) disconnected; 2) in a bad connection;... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

  “I’m continually amazed at how even extremely high performers’ lives are often still controlled in some way by their family-of-origin or in-law relationships. I wish we had some cosmic algorithm that actually revealed how much lost performance comes from... Continue Reading →

Connection and Leadership

Some leadership characteristics never change.  The need for vision casting, strategic planning, and motivation are a few among many. At this Christmas season, I am thinking of a leadership characteristic that marks the very God of Christmas—connection. Emmanuel is God... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live... Continue Reading →

Grief, Loss, and Leadership

Good leaders communicate in season and out. The right word can inspire and motivate. More importantly, the right word can connect people in times of grief and loss, though many leaders find words of comfort the most difficult to express.... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

University of Houston research professor Brene Brown has over the past few years soared in popularity because of her groundbreaking work in the areas of vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene is the author of several New York Times No. 1 bestselling books.... Continue Reading →

Leadership Hoarders

I was 15 years old and still innocent about how life can go sideways at times. My family was invited to dinner at the home of a friend whose wife was quite ill. She suffered from what the Diagnostic and... Continue Reading →

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