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I am honored to share three conversations with remarkable people who have changed the course of history in different ways: Colonel Chris Hadfield is a leader in space exploration and former commander of the International Space Station; Leymah Gbowee is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, after helping to end a civil war in her country; and Howard Schultz is the founder of Starbucks, and one of my dearest friends and mentors.
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1) True leadership is about preparing for the inevitable moments when things will go wrong. As Chris and I discuss, anyone can claim to be a leader when things are going well, but the quiet times are where leaders are truly made. It’s why the army does drills, it’s why astronauts live in simulators – and it’s why my personal hero, Captain Sullenberger, was able to take quick action under pressure.
2) If you’re truly passionate about something, you just have to get in the game. Put as many “dots” on the board as possible, and in time, you can connect them by looking back. Leymah had a dream, which led her to start a movement, which grew to include more than 40,000 women. Her mass action campaign, which led to the ending of the war, started with seven women and ten US dollars.
3) If you’re a leader in any organization, it is your responsibility to use your platform as a force for positive change. As Howard shared, “we didn’t start the company to get rich. We started it to build a great enduring company – and we needed people with like-minded values, whether we were small, medium-sized, or large – to scale the company for the right reasons. We needed people to embrace the original idea of balancing profit with benevolence, social conscience, and sharing success.”
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About 3 Things
Ric Elias learned 3 things from surviving the Miracle on the Hudson. Now he’s sharing conversations with remarkable people, and 3 things we all can take away from each.
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