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Leadership Lessons Politicians Can Learn from Ben Franklin
By | 09/28/2011 12:00PM | SOLUTIONS

The Wisdom and Example of Benjamin Franklin Offers Several Timeless Leadership Lessons for Political Leaders Today


The old story told is that whenever visitors went over to see Benjamin Franklin at his estate they would need to open a large gate so that their horse and carriage could pass through on the way up to his house. Pushing this hefty contraption open always proved to be a bit of an affair requiring no small effort. Often exasperated, this prompted more than a few of his guests to offer a fix. “I can send someone over to mend that dreadful gate of yours, if you like?” With a wry smile and to the surprise of his guests, Franklin would […]

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“That men do not learn very much from the lessons
of history is the most important of all the
lessons that history has to offer.”
–Aldous Huxley

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Learning the Leadership Lessons of the Past: In History Lies the Secrets
By | 07/26/2011 11:58AM | LEADERSHIP LESSONS, SOLUTIONS

Looking Backward to See Forward


Former presidential speechwriter James C. Humes, tells of the time he met Winston Churchill. The meeting had a lasting impact on the young American exchange student at Stowe, who later said […]

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"Study history, study history.
In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."
—Sir Winston S. Churchill

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Changing of the Guard: Three Leadership Lessons from Britain’s Policies of Appeasement
By | 03/21/2011 12:00PM | BACKGROUND

How Did Prime Minister Chamberlain Fall from Power and What are the Key Takeaways for Leaders Today?


Often portrayed in retrospect as a prophetic “voice in the wilderness;” Winston Churchill spoke out early and often against the rising threat of Hitler’s Nazi regime.1 While Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and most other British politicians favored an appeasement policy which had support with the British people; Churchill’s warnings were predominantly dismissed as the alarmist ravings of a restless rabble rouser.

In The Gathering Storm (1948), Churchill later reflected: “I felt a sensation of despair. To be so entirely […]

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“Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past
or present are certain to miss the future.”
-John F. Kennedy

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