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A prophet is not without honor…

“A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.” This bible verse (Matthew 13:57, King James version) reminds us that many truths about human nature are as old as time itself.

In management speak, this verse is recast as “The farther the distance traveled, the greater the expert.”

Both phrases deal with the human tendency to project excessive expertise on those we do not know simply because we have not yet had time to know them as fully human, with a normal human’s range of strength and weakness. Another way to put it is, “If the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, maybe it is because it has more bulls**t on it!”

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Today is a New Day…

“Today is a new day and I am a new Nathan, totally free to make new choices.”

This is one of my daily affirmations. It frees my mind and my emotions to move and think in new ways.

In his writings, Jack Welch talks about how he played a mind game with himself in order to view the world and his company from a new perspective, a new mindset. When he flew back into the country from overseas, he pretended that he was a new CEO (the new Jack Welch) coming in to straighten out the mess his predecessor (the old Jack Welch) had left behind.

By releasing his emotional attachment to the decisions he had made in the past (they were made by someone else, the “old” Jack in this mind game), Welch was able to see situations more clearly, make better decisions.

“Today is a new day and YOU are a new you, totally free to make new choices.” (more…)

A Father’s Legacy

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At age 55, I have my first child, a son. He will be 10 months old on Christmas Eve and his presence is a wonderful Christmas present to me and my wife.

I’ve always had a strong sense of duty, and felt heavily the mantle of leadership, acknowledging the tremendous responsibility leadership entails.

Now I think about being a worthy father, about what values I want to pass on to my son. This is particularly important to me because my father did such an excellent job of being a father and of fully living the values he believed.

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