Author: Jim

  • Are You Disconnected From History?

    Are You Disconnected From History?

    Social scientists tell us that one of the unique characteristics of Western culture in our generation is an increasing disconnection with our history and heritage. Those connections used to provide a sense of identity, a sense of participation in a type of cultural legacy that informed personal identity and sense of belonging. Coupled with the…

  • Understanding Yourself

    Empowered leadership has three critical components—included in my website’s byline: Understand Yourself. Influence Others. Lead the Way Influencing and leading come naturally for many of us: to some degree, it seems to happen automatically with those with some inherent leadership skills. The difficult part is understanding yourself. Recently, I was making a presentation to a group…

  • Why I Read “Principles” by Ray Dalio

    Why I Read “Principles” by Ray Dalio

    Here are a few of my observations as I am halfway through reading Dalio’s book, Principles. Dreams + Reality + Determination = Success   Ray Dalio started his company, Bridgewater Associates, out of his 2-bedroom apartment. Over forty years later, Fortune Magazine says Bridgewater is the fifth most important private company in the world, and…

  • What’s in My Briefcase these Days?

    What’s in My Briefcase these Days?

    Like many of you, I’m sure, I usually try to read a few books simultaneously. I keep the current few books in my computer briefcase and basically take them with me everywhere I go. Even though I may not read them—I frequently see them and anticipate the next time I can get to them again!…

  • Don’t Wait for the Eulogy to Say Thank You!

    Don’t Wait for the Eulogy to Say Thank You!

    A very small percentage of people have had Mark Twain’s experience—who, though very much alive, was reported to have died. He memorialized (pardon the pun) this experience in 1897 with his pithy statement, “The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated!” It’s one thing to have people think you’re dead—it’s another thing to then…