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The Great Boatlift of 9-11: Everybody Helped Everyone...

by Brian McDermott on 09/11/14

This is an 11-minute story about "people just doing what they had to do"... about "everyone having a little hero in them." It's a 9-11 story about scores of average citizens who answered a call for help to get a half million people off Manhattan in 9 hours after the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers -- the largest sea evacuation in history. Narrated by Tom Hanks.

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Helping the Homeless...

by Brian McDermott on 09/05/14

This is an idea worth spreading.

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A Sermon at the Barbershop...

by Brian McDermott on 08/12/14

To make a difference, "Sometimes you have to step up so you don't fall back," as it is so compassionately explained and played out by the woman in the final segment of this 8-minute video.

This is a hidden-camera program produced by ABC News for the show What Would You Do. This example of being challenged to step to do the right thing happens to be about race, but its questions and lessons go way beyond that issue.

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With Perspective and Acceptance Comes Possibility...

by Brian McDermott on 07/21/14

Six minutes of pure inspiration. An uplifting reminder about what it really means to be successful...

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Every Moment Makes a Difference...

by Brian McDermott on 07/03/14

Money, power, titles, and influence do not a leader make, according to this inspiring and funny TEDx presentation by Drew Dudley. It's the "lollipop moments" of everyday leadership that make the biggest difference in people's lives, and those moments are often overlooked -- by those who give them and those who receive them.

Watch. It's six minutes that may change what you notice and what you do to help make the world a better place.

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Thanks, Drew! You made a difference -- again.

Color Blind or Color Brave?

by Brian McDermott on 05/23/14

Race is an issue in America -- in businesses, in society, in families. So is diversity of many other ilks. (Read "Far from the Tree" by Andrew Solomon, who writes incisively and compellingly about what it takes to be a family  dealing with the diversity of dwarfism, autism, Down Syndrome, schizophrenia, physical disability and more.)

The comments posted on YouTube about this TED Talk by Melody Hobson clearly demonstrate the extreme differences of opinion about how -- or if -- to deal with the issue. One suggestion, if you are willing to invest 15 minutes in watching this video — and I recommend you do: Don't lose sight of the main message by nitpicking the details. Don't look for flaws in her storytelling or points to flip against her rationale or to support the status quo. Consider openly Hobson's challenge: Color-blindness sounds like a good theory, but it's passive and comes up short of creating change. Instead, we need to be color brave. That's the conversation that has to happen. And it has implications for prejudices and limitations that go beyond race.

The TED promo says: The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it... that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

It won't be easy...

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P.S. Another link for an additional site related to Far from the Tree

It Takes a Village... and Action

by Brian McDermott on 05/05/14

They saw a problem that many might have ignored.They didn't. They knew what had to be done. Knew it would be difficult. But did it. And they saved at least one life in the process.

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Giving Back...

by Brian McDermott on 04/03/14

She was giving back, expecting nothing in return. People noticed, and paid it forward. Lotsa lessons in here about how to live life well.

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No Victims Here...

by Brian McDermott on 03/22/14

A teenage boy's long-absent father robbed a vulnerable 78-year-old woman at the cemetery where she had just visited her recently deceased husband... And this story has a happy ending?! Yup. Because it's a story about not making excuses and doing the right thing, even when the right thing comes at a personal cost. And it's a story about giving back. And it's a story about choosing to be who you want to be despite circumstances that might point you in another direction.

Kudos to Christian Lunsford and Tona Herndon, Oklahoma City. Thanks!

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Score One for Friendship...

by Brian McDermott on 01/27/14

This sad but uplifting kids-and-sports-and-cancer story sent me looking for a quote I had included in Time Out for Leaders, a book I co-authored with a thoughtful man who died very young, Don Luce. The quote was from Don:

"Do not allow the love for what you do to step in the way of your love for other people. The people you love will not always be in your life."

In reflecting on that quote I wrote: "Seldom is love listed as one of the values that leaders must live in order to be effective. Maybe this is because it is possible to be effective while ignoring love. We put in long hours. We handle crises. We get things done. We care about the work. We have so many things to do that it's easy to lose track of the role love plays in our personal and professional lives.

"People move; they grow; they die. Enjoy them while you can. Love them unconditionally, remembering that their faults are equaled by your own. Let others into your life, and hold them there. Cherish them, and they will cherish you. Love adds the extra dimension of life that makes everything we do worthwhile and a  little more meaningful. Including work."

The advice I offered when writing that section of the book: "Call, visit, or make a date to get together with a couple of people you've been meaning to contact. Find some small ways to let them know how important they are to you."

My suggestion today: Watch this 3-minute video about Josh Rominger. It's an inspiring reminder about the enduring gift of love and friendship. In this case, the extra dimension is a magical moment in a kid's life. One YouTube commenter said, "I am not sure where you go when you die, but somebody stayed to play one more game!"

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P.S.
You can read  the introduction to Time Out for Leaders here. It's focused on the inspiration I found co-authoring with Don Luce after his death.

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