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On Leadership: Service to Others

By August Pasquale — The following is an excerpt from James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s A Leader’s Legacy, with additional comments and analysis below. “Everything leaders do is about providing […]


Now, More than Ever

By Sig Berg – The Walk to Freedom on June 23, 1963 in Detroit.  It was the largest civil rights march in the nation’s history up to that date.  It […]


SLG Impact in Nigeria

By Gretchen Moran — Shortly after I finished my fellowship at the Severn Leadership Group, I was invited to Nigeria to help a small NGO build and scale software systems […]

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Why Invest in Leadership?

By Gretchen Moran — If one word can be used to describe the year 2020, it might be “unprecedented”. The challenges that Americans and the rest of the world share […]

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Basic Principles for Doing Your Job

Introduction Since the end of World War II, the number of high-grade civilians in relation to the total (federal government) workforce has steadily increased to the point where we have […]

Life of Selfless Courage

Why Live a Life of Selfless Courage?

Why should anyone want to live a life of selfless courage and service to others – above self?  It is a fair question. There are a number of ways to […]

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How Will You Measure Your Life?

Over the years I’ve watched the fates of my HBS classmates from 1979 unfold; I’ve seen more and more of them come to reunions unhappy, divorced, and alienated from their […]



Despite the thousands of books and articles devoted to the subject of excellence, the word itself remains somewhat abstract.  Its meaning and use are sometimes difficult to pin down, let alone put it into practice.


Difference Makers

Standing at the side of the pool was a little unnerving.  The task was simple – swim across the pool, demonstrating the “crawl” stroke.  Swimming wasn’t something I did much […]

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