There are exceptions, of course. After all, could the totally untrustworthy Bernie Madoff have been successful with his Ponzi scheme if he was not trusted by those he defrauded? But as a generalization, I think this is an accurate statement. I will leave it to you to decide whether this statement could be applied to… Continue reading Trust


A goal is a commitment to do something. It matters little what that goal is, in a sense, because you are unlikely to make a goal to do something that is completely beyond your abilities. And you may reach a long-term goal by setting a number of short-term goals in the interim. But the setting… Continue reading Commitment


We can always choose our actions. The ability to choose gives us power. Two people in apparently identical situations can have completely different attitudes to the position they find themselves in. Put simply, I suppose, it is the difference between looking at your glass and seeing it as half-full rather than half-empty. We can choose… Continue reading Choice


This quote, often attributed to Anne Frank, was certainly written by her, but she is really her quoting her father. At the end of the day, I am the person who is responsible for my character.  And you build character by what you do every day, and how you handle the things that come to… Continue reading Character

Then They Came for Me

The quote I included yesterday reminded me of this much more famous quote from Martin Niemoller. This has been quoted in slightly different forms, partly because he himself used it in several of his political speeches. I do not think any further elaboration is needed, but please feel free to let me know your thoughts… Continue reading Then They Came for Me

Human Rights

We cannot expect peace in our time if we do not actively try to protect the rights of others. We need to think outside our own particular special interests. We see how important this can be when we look at the rise of, and the policies of, Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I… Continue reading Human Rights


It should be obvious that every ecosystem needs a variety of different plants, animals, and other organisms in order to grow and flourish. So, in order to survive and thrive, the earth and its creatures also need diversity. And if diversity is needed, indeed necessary, in nature, then it stands to reason that we also need it in… Continue reading Diversity


I think that it is safe to say that this is not always true, although it is likely true in general terms. It is often said that trust needs to be earned, but there has to be some give and take on both sides of the trust equation. For example, a leader who is prepared… Continue reading Trust


This is another of those quotes that really ought to be regarded as self-evident. A leader is responsible for far more than just himself, and that is true regardless whether we are talking about a politician, a religious leader, the chairman of a company, or a parent. But to be worthy of that leadership role… Continue reading Hesitation

No Little People

In life, all people are important, regardless of the role they may play. Teamwork requires all to pull their weight if the team is to be successful. Take almost any sports team. All are significant, from the players and the coaches to the owners and office staff; from those who keep the stadium clean and… Continue reading No Little People