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A High School Student-Athlete Explores Truth

Katarina White

The effects of physical warfare create trauma and confusion, however, most people do not even realize the extent of corruption and pain causing an intellectual war that rages around them. Make no mistake: everyone is in this battle; everyone has already chosen a side. This intellectual battle has two camps: one side is advocates of…

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Psychological Hardiness & Emotional Intelligence

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A reflection by graduate student Mick Howland. I was reading an article the other day about a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping stating that The Emotional Quotient is more important than the Intelligence Quotient. This is ironic coming from a leader of a nation that prides itself on educational standards and relentless pursuit of academic superiority. This brought me back to my…

A Grad Student’s Reflection: Optimista Vagyok

Kevin Earl

By Kevin Earl  Everyone needs words to live by, philosophies that guide their choices. Christian Frederick Nielsen Twede, my great, great, great grandfather, had his rules for the day that he recorded in his journal in 1887, which I included four years ago in a blog post about New Year’s resolutions. Some of his rules…

Starting Over…PHD Drop-Out

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by Cali Pitchel, Belief Agency In kindergarten I changed my name to Sarah Dunlevy-Michaelson. This was a hybrid of sorts, the first and last names of classmates and friends. Upon changing my identity, I told my teachers and fellow kindergarteners that my parents were dead, and I proudly announced (inspired by my favorite storybook at…

The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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By Cali Pitchel, Belief Agency Martin Luther King, Jr. was a master orator. It is not uncommon to hear his name among other great communicators, including Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama. His speeches were poignant, powerful, and beautifully delivered. He knew when to pause, when to repeat himself, and when to raise his…

“The Dark Night” of Leadership

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In a recent talk with emerging leaders at Houston Baptist University, I approached a rarely discussed leadership topic—the dark night of leadership—the feeling of isolation and abandonment in the midst of serving one’s constituents. In the 6th Century, San Juan de la Cruz penned a poem, “The Dark Night,” that lamented his tormented state despite…

Excuse Me, Where Is This Bus going? The Great American tragedy

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Thousands of people climb aboard a bus each morning, circle the block, and disembark at the end of the day to start the cycle anew 24 hours later. Punctuated by weekends and vacations when these worn and weary passengers can find relief by engaging in more personally meaningful activities, days turn into weeks and weeks…

Rediscovering the Four Truths about Leading: Old Fashion Value

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A special thanks to Professor Rod Smith, Grand Canyon University, who prompted me to rediscover the classic work of James A. Autry, Love and Profit (1991). At a time when a new business book hits the shelves seemingly daily, Autry’s words still ring true. Perhaps, more true today than 20 years ago when he spoke…

Conflict and Safety: A Prescription for Innovative Teams

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Has America turned into a country that fears conflict? In business, we go to great lengths to avoid offending anyone…everyone. In the name of political correctness, we may not authentically stand for our beliefs. You might even say this development is un-American. While it is important to be respectful, the lack of constructive conflict has…