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Choking On a Silver Spoon

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you appreciate the value of manual labor. Reading time 2:15

           The dichotomy was strident: a pristine well-polished, manicured politician vs. a grimy, scrappy dirty-finger nailed coal miner. And the leader is?  Yep you guessed it – the coal miner.

       Even John F. Kennedy –the well manicured politician—learned something about emotional intelligence in particular and personal leadership in general from that coal miner — a lesson that all leaders need to heed:

   Don’t judge a book by its cover.

       It happened during the 1960 presidential campaign. Kennedy met the coal miner one day during a campaign swing in West Virginia.

      Kennedy wore his $1,000 suit and a $100 haircut . The coal miner wore ragged overalls and coal dust smudges on his face that could not cover the wrinkles  of working in the mines all his life. Continue reading