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Advice and counsel from the past for the issues of today


The meteoric rise of Clubhouse is rooted in the history of coffee-houses

Interior of a London Coffee-House by Unknown, c. 1690 (Shared via a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike license, © Trustees of the British Museum)

“Clubs happen because of the elementary truth that we like to be with our own kind, with whom we can be ourselves and let our hair down.” — Anthony Lejeune, 2012


How an unconventional storyteller pulled off the greatest literary hoax of all time

Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II) by Wassily Kandinsky, 1912 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons)

As a leader, you can effectively dispel uncertainty

At the Roulette Table by Edvard Munch, 1892 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons/Google Art Project)

“Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.” — Plato, 380 BC


People pay attention to leadership. So leaders should pay attention to what they say.

Cleombrotus Ordered into Banishment by Leonidas II, King of Sparta by Benjamin West, 1768 (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)


Amanda Gorman’s poem at the Inauguration of Joe Biden is a master work

Public domain — Wikimedia Commons


With any crisis, we owe an acknowledgment of the truth. While that can be harsh, it’s necessary.

Les Énervés de Jumièges by Évariste Vital Luminais, 1880 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons)*

“Whatever the apparent cause of any riots may be, the real one is always want of happiness.” — Thomas Paine, 1792


Leaders know themselves. And that requires reflection.

Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, 1903 (Wikipedia — public domain)

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard


Your words are only as good as your actions.

The Punishment of Lust by Giovanni Segantini, 1891 (public domain — Google Cultural Institute)


By Sir Walter Raleigh

Stańczyk by Jan Metejko, 1862 (public domain — Google Arts & Culture)

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