Monday, June 30, 2014

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 200

 ‘This, then, is a story of Lincoln’s political genius revealed through his extraordinary array of personal qualities that enabled him to form friendships with men who had previously opposed him; to repair injured feelings that, left untended, might have escalated into permanent hostility; to assume responsibility for the failures of subordinates, to share credit with ease; and to learn from mistakes. He possessed an acute understanding of the sources of power inherent in the presidency, an unparalleled ability to keep his growing coalition intact, a tough-minded appreciation of the need to protect his presidential prerogatives, and a masterful sense of timing. His success in dealing with the strong egos of the men in his cabinet suggests that in the hands of a truly great politician the qualities we generally associate with decency and morality – kindness, sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and empathy – can also be impressive political resources.’
- Doris Kearns Goodwin

Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to present to senior management without being terrified. 6 of 9

Don’t make them wait for what you’re going to say. Flowery won’t cut it: start out with your conclusions. If, in effect, the speaker plays “guessy-guessy” with the listener, guess who’s going to lose every time?!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 199

'...and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 198

'And upon this act [The Emancipation Proclamation] sincerely believed to be an act of justice warranted by the Constitution upon military necessity I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.'
- Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to present to senior management without being terrified. 4 of 9

Don’t attempt to memorize other than the introduction and the conclusion, and leave PowerPoint to the amateurs [unless you’re ok with showing a slide while your audience is distracted away from your next three or four sentences].

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lincoln’s Wit/Wisdom 197

In the six months following the start of the spring campaign of 1864, a titanic struggle ensued between Ulysses S. Grant commanding the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee commanding the Army of Northern Virginia. During that time Grant suffered over 50,000 casualties – more than the size of Lee’s entire army. Such astronomical casualty figures virtually guaranteed that Lincoln would pay the ultimate price during that presidential election year. On August 23, 1864 Lincoln wrote the following: 'This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so cooperate with the president-elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards.'