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Feb27
Joey Cheek Inspires Clara Hughes and Us All
I guess you could say Joey Cheek had a successful Olympics. He glowed about the opening ceremonies and the opportunity to meet President Bush. He then went outJoey cheek AP.jpg and garnered a gold medal in the 500 meters and a silver medal in the 1,000 meters. Not bad for the speedskater from Park City, Utah. As if that wouldn't be enough to write home about, he was elected by the U.S. team to carry the American flag during the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics Sunday night.

"I feel like I'm not really worthy,'' he said. "It's a wonderful honor and I'm thrilled that it happened.''

He has plenty to tell his grandkids about right?

Perhaps greater than his speed on the ice is his leadership and inspiration. Cheeks won our admiration by donating his USOC bonus of $40,000 to former speed skater Johann Olav Koss's humanitarian organization, Right to Play .
 
I call Joey Cheeks a leader because he set his own course and inspired and empowered others to follow. On February 25th, clara hughes.jpg2006 Clara Hughes, a Canadian speedskater and Olympic cyclist, inspired by Joey’s generosity and example, pledged to donate $10,000 to the same cause after winning her own Gold medal in the 5,000 meter race

This gift, although not as large of an amount as Cheek’s, perhaps represents even more goodness. Canada does not provide gold medal bonuses. Clara’s gift comes right out of her savings.

"I wish I had an Olympic bonus to give like Joey Cheek, but I don't," Hughes said after her victory. So, she said, she's decided to give the $10,000 in her bank account.

She went further.
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Feb26
Don Knotts Remembered
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Don Knotts, film and TV actor who died at the age of 81 on February 25, 2006 Continue Reading
Feb24
Joey Cheek Press Conference
Several readers have asked me if I could publish Joey Cheek's press conference from February 14.  I think this is his complete statement. Continue Reading
Feb15
James Doti, Chapman University President
I was fortunate to be invited to a breakfast yesterday that included an economic forecast by Chapman University President James L. Doti, PhD. Doti is an engaging speaker and a knowledgeable economist (fellow University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Alum). Continue Reading
Feb14
Joey Cheek's Medal and Heart of Gold
A leader is certainly someone that sets her or his own course. A leader also inspires and empowers others to follow. Joey Cheek, recent Gold Medal winner at the Turin games fits the description. Continue Reading
Feb10
Greenspan Used Data Not Dogma
Greenspan deployed his version of Bayesian decision-making by deliberately “risking small mistakes to avoid much bigger ones.” That meant managing contradictions and ambiguity, something most of us find quite distasteful. Continue Reading
Feb 9
U2 Grammy Haul
It has been an eventful week for the lead man from U2. Bono addressed U.S. leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2 in Washington D.C. One week later, he addressed his peers and the the planted audience at the Grammy’s. Continue Reading
Feb 8
Coretta Scott King First Lady of Civil Rights
More than 10,000 mourners gathered at a Baptist church in Lithonia, Georgia, to pay tribute to Coretta Scott King, a champion of racial equality and the widow of Nobel peace laureate Martin Luther King Jr. Continue Reading
Feb 7
Bono Leads at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Bono continues to show in the strangest places. Yesterday, Bono addressed President Bush and members of Congress at the National Prayer Breakfast.
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Feb 6
Death by Seth....
The right leader to take bold steps may not be the right leader to execute the details of a business. We often see great leaders in entrepreneurship fail when execution and optimizing assets becomes more valuable than ideas. Continue Reading
Feb 2
Bernanke First Fed Move...Wait
Making significant decisions on the eve of a leadership change isn't good form.  In this case it probably forces Bernanke to sit on his hands and wait for a crisis as Greenspan tightened one last time - "Uncle." Continue Reading
Feb 1
Don't Leave Me Hanging, Greenspan
Greenspan’s shoes will be tough to fill. I am sure many said the same in 1987 as Greenspan took the helm from Paul Volker in 1987. But Greenspan has had an unprecedented run. Continue Reading
Changing of the Guard
Ben Bernanke was sworn in Wednesday to be the 14th chairman of the
Federal Reserve.
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Meet Hal Golden Halladay - Leadernotes Author
Qualified or not, I love to write about people that have inspired me and others to be better – at anything. I have always been an observer and looked for opportunities to learn from those around me. Stories of leadership are all... Continue Reading

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