The summer of 1992 marked the first time the United States would present a basketball team to the Olympics composed of current players from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Players selected for the team consisted of superstars Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Charles Barkley, to name a few. At the time, they were referred to as the greatest sporting team ever assembled and would earn the renowned nickname, “Dream Team” from Sports Illustrated.… Read the rest
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw
Whether you move across the room to shake a hand or travel around the globe to partake in local cuisine and share in the culture of a partner, the significance and impact of a firm handshake and face to face interaction cannot be overstated.
In today’s electronic connectivity world, we as leaders grow physically further and further apart from the people we lead and count on to propel our organizations to new heights. The advent of e-mail, webinars, video conferencing, mobile devices and the vast array of social media, create an electronic umbilical connecting us to the virtual world, but can paralyze us from interacting in the physical world.… Read the rest
Leadership matters! Most people at least implicitly understand this concept and people that have studied and practiced leadership understand this concept at a deeper level. As an example, General Stanley McChrystal’s main takeaway from 34 years of service in the United States Army as a commander and leader, as he describes in his book, “My Share of the Task” is that leadership matters. Developing and selecting individuals for positions of authority is therefore one of the most important tasks that leaders are responsible for.… Read the rest
There are over 5,000 species of fruit fly in the tephritidae family, each with unique properties. So many species, in fact, biologists have made it a favorite pastime to analyze the tiny creature in the quest for advancements ranging from ecology to neurobiology. The variations span the gamut of evolutionary differences, each having come into being via environmental necessity. One recent discovery is the G. Tridens species, its wings bearing a striking resemblance to ants, complete with legs and large eyes. Scientists theorize the markings are meant to confuse and intimidate predators, making them go away.… Read the rest
On January 3, 1864, the Grafton, an English schooner piloted by Captain Thomas Musgrave, was destroyed by a hurricane that broke its anchor chains and sunk it on the rocky beach on the southern end of Auckland Island. The captain and his crew of four men made it to shore but not to safety. Auckland Island, after all, is one of the most inhospitable places on earth, with freezing rain, howling winds, and little to eat year round. On May 10th of the same year, the Invercauld, an Aberdeen clipper piloted by Captain George Dalgarno, was struck by a heavy gale and driven between two steep cliffs on the northern side of Auckland Island and sunk.… Read the rest