Author: casperreaves

Good Quotes 2024

“You only need ten songs, ten beautiful and breath-taking accidents to make up a record. You have to be patient and alert to the little miracles nestled in the ordinary.”–Nick Cave, as discussed on “On Being” podcast “They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not […]

Push for 20 ideas

Quite often, when we are brainstorming, we stop too early. The novel ideas, the innovative ideas, and the crazy ideas are usually the ones near the end of the list of 20. In our mind, we often skip the unlikely ideas during the first round, but when we force the process to keep going past […]

Good Quotes 2023

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.” Proverbs “The person who can best judge the consequences of their actions will be the most successful.” Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman because it often results in physical death.” ​Martin […]

Good Quotes 2022

“ There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”–Albert Einstein “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” –James Baldwin We can no longer afford to […]

Discussing Mistakes for Growth

Need a topic for a brainstorming session or a leadership development session? Talk about mistakes. “What mistake did you make recently, which was a good learning experience?” I am part of a group of leaders who meet routinely to reflect on the day’s plan and how the small steps fit into the big picture. It […]

How George Schultz Nurtured Relationships

“What I remember most from George Schultz’s remarks and responses to questions was his metaphor of “gardening” for the conduct of foreign affairs. His point was that national interactions, like personal one, are relationships that need to be carefully tended. Watering and weeding are particularly important, he noted: ensuring that you pay enough attention to […]

Good Quotes 2021

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” –Mother Teresa “We will need to understand that the most power stories get told, not in books and newspapers, but in the everyday world of work. Whether managers know it or not, every decision they make suggests a story to the […]

Good Quotes, 2020

“All of us feel the consequences of bad leadership.”–Amanda Sinclair, Leadership for the Disillusioned “The greatest good you can do for another, is not to share your own riches, but to reveal to her, her own.” –Benjamin Disraeli

A Leader Must Hear People’s Pain

During the George Floyd Protests, we are hearing amazing reflections from around the world about what humanity should strive for. In a speech on 2 June 2020, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti talked about the role of leaders. I joined organizers on the streets of our city just outside here in City Hall. I know […]

90/10 Rule for Leaders

From Kenneth Klopp, The North Face “I assumed in business that things would be 50/50: I do mine and you do yours. What I learned is that 90% of the responsibility is mine and 10% is theirs. If you think it’s 50/50, you will be let down more often than not. “ from “Build a […]