Monthly Archives: February 2013

It hasn’t been done before. (Really?)

February 25, 2013
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It hasn’t been done before.  (Really?)

There seems to be something inherent to humanity—at least to current humans—that makes us want to believe that our efforts are unique, unequaled, and unmatched. Several years ago, I was contacted by a British group that wanted to help children living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  They asked if I Read more [...]

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Change-making vs. Mistake-making (Is there a difference?)

February 23, 2013
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Change-making vs. Mistake-making (Is there a difference?)

I just finished sparring with my boxing partner under the branches of a huge tree in Balboa Park.  We do this four or five times a week (when I am not home in Uganda or otherwise on the road).  As we scrap, we move in and out of the shade, often emerging into the golden…

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The Free Spot: When “mine” becomes “ours”

February 19, 2013
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The Free Spot: When “mine” becomes “ours”

Two Christmases ago, my parents gave me a beautiful new desk chair for use when I am away from Uganda, and in San Diego working on my PhD.  (Mom’s always worried about my back pain, and Dad’s very generous.) As I assembled my new chair, I contemplated what to do with the old one.  I…

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“16 Things that Make Me Happy” (My monthly gratitude list)

February 16, 2013
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“16 Things that Make Me Happy” (My monthly gratitude list)

                    Once a month, I make a list of things that make me happy and grateful.  Today, I wasn't feeling grateful, and was kind of feeling sorry for myself, so it seemed a perfect day to use gratitude as a Read more [...]

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Yet another way to use the Light

February 10, 2013
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Yet another way to use the Light

The room was just another fancy DC hotel ballroom, but the Academy of Achievement's team had transformed it by mastering the use of light.  The space was mostly dark except for the candles on the tables, swirling lights cast onto the wallpapered walls, and the spotlight on the dais.  There were only Read more [...]

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Do It Anyway: Why greatness in leadership often emerges from heartache, pain and risk

February 8, 2013
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Do It Anyway: Why greatness in leadership often emerges from heartache, pain and risk

One of my youngest teammates--at AidChild in Uganda--is currently in the midst of a great trial; not related to physical unhealth or economic need, but in the form of an attack on his integrity fueled by jealousy and fear. Welcome to leadership. In my research into the ingredients of effective Read more [...]

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Fatigue and Disappointment: 7 reasons I am grateful they exist in my life

February 5, 2013
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Fatigue and Disappointment: 7 reasons I am grateful they exist in my life

12:09am.  I was asleep, blissfully asleep.  And then I awoke.  Not to a noise or to a phone call—but to the sense of a burden. A few minutes later, my phone rang with disturbing news.  Now one hour later, I have had multiple calls with colleagues in Uganda, and am aware of an emerging problem…

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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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