Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest thinkers the United States has produced, grew up in a culture that held thinking in low esteem. With a frontier to tame, land to clear, and riches to claim, Lincoln felt constant pressure to get out and do something.
Author Archive | Gene Griessman
Abraham Lincoln wrote: “Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated; it is the lawyer’s avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business, if he cannot make a speech.”
Abraham Lincoln had an uncanny ability to predict behavior. In general, behavior can be predicted in terms of a person’s interests, group identity, character, and unconscious needs.
History provides us with case studies about how to disagree with the boss. One of the best involves a general–in this case, General William Tecumseh Sherman–saying “I want to do it my way” to another general, and his superior General U.S. Grant.