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So You’re Having a Bad Day? Read & Heed !

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you stay positive in your outlook. Reading time: 1:13


President William Harrison

President William Harrison

Consider this “Reality Show” out of the history books whenever you’re having a bad day.

1. WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON  caught a cold and died 30 days 12 hours and 30 minutes after he became president of the United States in 1841–the shortest presidential administration in the history of the United States.

2. GENERAL GEORGE PATTON  who dodged enemy bullets for many years was killed in a car accident when an army truck ran into his limousine on the day before he was to leave Germany for the United States.

3. GENERAL STONEWALL JACKSON of Civil War fame was accidentally killed by his own men.

4. GREEK SOOTHSAYER CALCHAS laughed himself to death, choking while drinking wine.

5. GALILEO, the first man to peer to the heavens through a telescope, died blind. Continue reading

Playing the Name Game For Gain

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you enhance your staff’s performance. Reading time: 3:46.

        Nicknames, strategically designed and thoughtfully assigned,  can be a leadership tool that brings out the best in others.

         After all, nicknames can reinforce a reputation. Think of Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan Jackson. You know him as Stonewall Jackson.

       Nicknames can celebrate exemplary performance. Think of former NFL football running back and wide receiver, Elroy Hirsch. Fans of yesteryear knew him as Crazy Legs.

      And nicknames – rooted in an act of faith deep within a leader’s gut feel for another –can inspire a change in behavior that surprises and delights. Think of the prostitute Aldonza. You know her as Dulcinea – the Sweet One—in The Man From La Mancha.

      Aldonza, you may recall, protested the first time Don Quixote called her The Sweet One –Dulcinea.

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