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What Will You Fight For?

July 29, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

Andrew Jackson in 1824 by Thomas Sulley

Some called him a hero, some a despot. Some celebrated his military and political triumphs while others reviled the same. On whichever side of this fence you stand, Andrew Jackson is an historical figure whose life presents many lessons. One case is his second inaugural address, delivered on a bitter cold, Monday, March 4, 1833. Some important context for his address was his recent victory over the “doctrine of nullification,” which had been the most serious threat to Union in the short, 45-year history of the US Constitution.

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Wind, Electricity, and Leadership

July 27, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Originally posted on LeadStrategic:

Wind, Electricity, and Leadership by Dr. Robert Gerwig

Photo by Vincent McMorrow-Purcell, available at

The Mojave Desert is a fascinating place. Beautiful. Dangerous. Remote. It is also known as the High Desert. I like that. It sounds special. Unique. Powerful. This name is due to its relatively “high” elevation – between 3,000 and 6,000 feet (or 910 to 1,800m for my metric friends). “High” for a desert.

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The Value of a Band of Brothers

July 22, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

WHM146809 Portrait of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), 1794 (oil on canvas) by Hickel, Anton (1745-98) oil on canvas © Wilberforce House, Hull City Museums and Art Galleries, UK German, out of copyright

William Wilberforce is best known as the British Member of Parliament who dedicated his life to abolish slavery. Many books and stories, and even a movie, focus primarily on the man, his faith in Christ, and his valiant and triumphant efforts against slavery. These are the central themes of his story, but it is an incomplete story without considering what became called, after his death, the “Clapham Sect.”

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Leaders Know When To Reinforce

July 20, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2015-07-20

Do you have a favorite coffee cup? Or perhaps, if you’re not a coffee drinker, you have a favorite tea cup. About every 5 years I end up with a “new” favorite coffee cup. It’s not always based on the one that’s the most expensive. Sometimes I develop an affinity for a particular cup because of its color or shape or where I obtained it or who gave it to me or the logo on the cup.

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Under the Hood of Trust

July 15, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Leadership is a relationship. Relationships require trust. What is trust? That’s a big question. A conclusive definition of trust is almost as elusive as a conclusive definition of leadership. Also similar to leadership, while it may be hard to define, we definitely know trust when we see it and feel it when a relationship has it. But what is it?

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