Category Archives: Leadership

First Sight Now Available on Amazon.com

After a decade of writing, editing, procrastinating, and working on other things, James Curtis has finally published his debut novel, First Sight. Available now on Amazon.com, and soon on Apple iTunes/iBooks as well as BarnesandNoble.com, the novel is the first … Continue reading

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Walt was on to something

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Looking Back on Looking Forward

Thought it would be interesting to repost one of my scattershooting blogs, this one from November 23, 2008, just days after Barack Obama was elected President. I note that I was wrong about Iraq, but pretty much on target otherwise. … Continue reading

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Signs of Entropy

Max De Pree, in one of the bestselling business books of the 1990s, Leadership Is an Art, lists signs of entropy in an organization: » When there is a tendency towards superficiality. » When dark tension exists among key people. … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer: We Cannot Plan . . .

We have grown up with the experience of our parents and grandparents that people can and must plan, develop, and shape their own lives, and that life has a purpose, about which people must make up their minds, and which … Continue reading

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Max De Pree: What Is Leadership?

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader. Concepts … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Giant

Clyde Cook, named after the River Clyde in Scotland, was a giant of a man. There is no one I admire more, no one in my memory who has touched so many lives worldwide in such a personal way. But … Continue reading

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A Giant Has Left Us: Clyde Cook with the Savior

Words fail to describe the impact of Dr. Clyde Cook on my life, the life of my family, and the lives of untold thousands he touched during his distinguished life and ministry. More personal thoughts will follow later. For now, … Continue reading

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Scattershooting after the Passing of a Friend

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Mean Joe Greene of 1980s moving and memorable Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial . . . Lost another old friend to cancer this past week. Jerry Formanek, a gracious and selfless man of considerable intellect … Continue reading

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Scattershooting Again . . .

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Ernest Aingely. . . . I sit tethered to my bag of Rituxan® as it slowly moves into my right hand and into my body. This is my first chemo in the infusion room … Continue reading

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