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Leadership Quotes

Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.
John Maxwell
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently

Trinity’s Leadership Column

You Must Be Present to Win

Have you ever noticed how no matter where we are or who we’re with, we’re always worrying about what other thing we should be doing someplace else? For some reason, we find it very difficult to really be with the people around us. Having your body show up is the easy part. But to be really present with a person–whether in a time of great joy or sadness, or even during a time that might be described as routine (breakfast or dinner)–is quite another matter.

Seeing Ourselves

“O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us / To see oursels as others see us! / It wad frae mony a blunder free us, / An’ foolish notion!”  -Robert Burns

Burns’ famous quote is far better known than its source. It comes from a poem entitled “To a Louse,” in which he pillories a self-satisfied society lady with a head louse strolling across the back of her bonnet. Art often imitates life and almost certainly provides commentary on human foibles, so there is much to be appreciated in the poem.

Settling the Grounds

By Steve Baker

Your big decision could well be a better one by letting it percolate a while longer.

The 100-degree heat leapt off the sandstone walls, searing any patch of unprotected skin. At our feet, the 40-degree water of the Colorado River made ankles ache with cold. A group of strangers gathered around huge rubber rafts, getting ready to challenge the Grand Canyon.