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

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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


Reach is less important than resonance.

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St. Peter’s Denial by Rembrandt, 1660 (public domain — Wikipedia)

Attraction > Attrition


Leaders know themselves. And that requires reflection.

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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.

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


By Sir Walter Raleigh

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


Our memories can play tricks on us. Good leadership needs to balance emotion and clarity.

Painting by John William Waterhouse of Miranda, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, looking forlornly out to sea
Painting by John William Waterhouse of Miranda, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, looking forlornly out to sea
Miranda by John William Waterhouse, 1875 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons)


Talking about our past is key to determining our future.

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The Battle of Actium by Lorenzo A. Castro, 1672 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons)


Leadership as told through a scene in a classic western

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Among the Sierra Nevada, California by Albert Bierstadt, 1868 (public domain — Wikipedia)

We can find positives even in the most dire situations.

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Plague in an Ancient City by Michiel Sweerts, c. 1653 (public domain — Wikipedia)


My wish to you for a peaceful day

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Chairing the Member, from The Humours of an Election series by William Hogarth, 1755 (public domain)

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Scott Monty

Strategy, comms & leadership advisor, helping build better leaders, communicators & humans. I value #Integrity & #Decency. Newsletter: http://smonty.co/Timeless

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