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Commencement: A Great Time to End Political Correctness

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Each May millions of young Americans graduate with high school diplomas or college degrees. Their commencement ceremonies are part of a nationwide celebration of academic performance, of goals met, of unique abilities and special accomplishments.

 

I really like this time of year, and I enthusiastically congratulate recent graduates. As Americans we should recognize these young adults, honor their achievements and encourage them to pursue their life’s work with passion.

 

I also enjoy skimming through the commencement addresses that have received national attention – like actor Hank Azaria’s address at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he employed the voice characters he uses on The Simpsons to deliver some words of wisdom. In his “comic book guy” voice, Azaria deadpanned: “Life is like the Star Wars movies. Some of it is great. Some of it sucks. But you have no choice but to sit through all of it.”

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Understand, You're Going to Fail.

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Last month one of the best NBA players ever, called it a career. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers played his 1,346th and final game, and he scored 60 points in his farewell performance.

 

Incredible, really.

 

Over his 20 NBA seasons, Bryant made 11,719 baskets and was selected to 18 consecutive All-Star Games. He led the Lakers to five NBA championships and earned two gold medals as a US Olympian. His work ethic is relentless, even legendary.

 

John Celestand, a rookie point guard from Villanova, who joined the Lakers in their ’99-’00 championship season, witnessed Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality” first hand:

 

“The first time I began to understand why he (Kobe) was the best was in the pre-season. In a game against the Wizards, Kobe broke the wrist on his shooting hand. He was always the first person to practice every day, arriving at least an hour and a half early," Celestand said. "This would infuriate me because I wanted to be the first person to practice, just as I had always been at Villanova and Piscataway High in New Jersey. To add insult to injury, I lived only 10 minutes from the practice facility — while Kobe was at least 35 minutes away.

 

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The Lost Art of Being Cool.

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a narcissism epidemic. I’m serious.

 

According to the Association for Psychological Science, studies show that Americans in their 20’s are three times more likely to have experienced narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) than people over 60. These are the same folks that may seem charming at first blush, but turn out to be ridiculously self-absorbed. They’re also supremely self-confident in their abilities but turn out to be incompetent – and blame other people for their failures.

Narcissists go to staggering lengths to safeguard their grandiose views of themselves. They crave attention and admiration, lash out at anyone who criticizes them, and as you might guess, create exaggerated, “look at me!” social media profiles.

 

We see it every day in every corner of society. NFL players actually celebrate making a simple tackle with a choreographed performance to the fans in the stadium. NBA players make a dang basket and then run down the court, pretending to mix a cocktail, as they prove themselves to be “the straw that stirs the drink.” And rather than living in the moment, selfie stick consumers obsess over showing their “friends” that they visit awesome places, eat amazing food, and get within arms reach of incredible people.

 

Isn’t anybody cool anymore?

 

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Go Get It, Period.

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In my speaking engagements, I often use a memorable tactic to illustrate what I believe is the most important characteristic of leadership: taking action. While probing the audience for their personal definitions of leadership, I will reach into my pants pocket and pull out a fifty-dollar bill. I hold it up above my head for the entire room to see and ask, “Who wants fifty dollars?”

Silence.

Promptly, I ask another audience member for his or her definition of leadership, and sometimes reward a solid answer with a Tootsie Pop. Then I repeat my original question: “Who wants fifty dollars?”

Typically, at this point, I’ll get a couple of raised hands and some lukewarm “I do”s, but I will continue to move forward with the discussion on the definition of leadership as I draw out one or two more thoughts on what it means.

“WHO WANTS FIFTY DOLLARS???” I holler.

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Eggs with Attitude

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A friend of mine was looking to make a new hire. His business is industrial products, and he needed someone to fill a mid-level sales support/customer care position. So, like he always does when he’s about to add a new team member, my colleague scheduled a breakfast meeting with this prospective new hire – a gentleman who had worked in a similar business for years, and appeared to be a great candidate to hit the ground running.

 

My friend arrived early to this popular “mom ‘n’ pop” pancake house and called over the waitress. With a $20 bill that he guided into the waitress’s hand, he asked her for a favor.

 

“I need you to get my breakfast companion’s order wrong. And not just wrong,” he said. “Not even close.

 

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