Have you ever been a part of a project that required intense focus and labor, but afterward you wouldn't trade it for anything in the world?Last Thursday and Friday, our organization, Growing Leaders, hosted our 2009 National Leadership Forum. I would describe it with the words above. Our theme was: "Niche: Equipping Students to Find Their Place in the World."

Every human has something in common. We all have “blind spots.” This is especially significant for leaders to face. Most leaders, especially after gaining a little experience, feel they have rid themselves of blind spots. After all, they are the leaders; they see the big picture better than anyone else in the organization. They have more at stake than anyone else,

I have heard nine corporate leaders tell me they are in a “spending freeze” during the last quarter.  In other words, due to the fledging economy, they are putting everything on “hold” until things start looking better. I am a leader and I understand this mindset. Our organization, Growing Leaders, has felt the impact of an economy in a downturn. The

Audacity. That’s a word that came to mind when I met with a friend, Jason Russell over the weekend. I’ve know Jason for several years now—but had never sat down and asked him to tell me his story. You may have heard of Jason. He is the co-founder of a movement called, “Invisible Children.” (www.InvisibleChildren.com) It began in the spring of 2003