Nick Saban Canoes the Mountains and His Team Wins the National Championship

Okay, I admit that’s an odd title. Please let me explain. A week ago, the University of Alabama football team won the national championship, beating Clemson 45-40. The turning point in the game was a surprise play, in which Alabama used an unexpected onside kick to grab hold of the momentum, not to mention the [Read More…]

Leaders Need a Great Heart

Check out this excellent interview of Bill George, a prof at Harvard Business School.  Faith & Leadership asked George,  “What does it take to be a great leader?” He responded: To be a great leader today, you have to have a great head and a great heart. As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “The longest journey [Read More…]

Why We Shouldn’t Try To Be Awesome

At the new magazine In Earnest, which launched yesterday, Emily Schatz wrote about why young people need to “stop trying to be awesome.” One problem with the “be extraordinary” model is that, for spirits with any temptation toward vanity, it can become a preoccupation with how put-together one looks at the expense of accomplishing real [Read More…]

Make Connections!

My educational background is pretty scattered (my undergrad was in the sciences, and my graduate degrees are in humanities and English), so I sometimes wonder if I’ve hamstrung myself as far as the sort of work I can do. Certainly, being a generalist rather than a specialist can be restrictive, but I was really happy [Read More…]


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