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Armistice Day - Remembrance is Not Enough

Armistice Day - Remembrance is Not Enough

On November 19th, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln, stood at the battlefield of Gettysburg at an event to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. He was not the main speaker at the event, Edward Everett a fellow politician had spoken for 2-hours before Lincoln rose to his feet. When Lincoln finally rose to his feet, his speech lasted a few minutes and constituted less than 300 words. Lincoln himself considered the speech a failure and the Crowd’s reaction was polite. Now known as the Gettysburg address it is one of the most famous speeches in American History and one of the profoundest statements on how we should frame our relationship to those who paid the full measure of sacrifice with their lives.

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Music, Mindset & Morale

Music, Mindset & Morale

It was cold and the rain continued to fall steadily out of a bruised grey sky as it had done for hours. The river glided by looking sullen. Round the bend upstream I was waiting for a team who were many hours into a leadership project designed to challenge and develop their leadership behaviours. The weather I considered to be in my favour; as I wanted to strip away the team’s veneer of cosy congeniality and look at how they coped under pressure – a part of which involved being fatigued, cold and wet.

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