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How to Write a Better Leadership Story

Posted on July 31, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

Leadership is a journey. It’s a long story, and there are lots of chapters and many characters. You’re writing the story every day of your life, so there is always something more to add, and there is always something as a leader that you can improve upon or change to make it a better.

Having assumed my first supervisory assignment over 30 years ago, I...

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3/4th's a Heart

Posted on July 29, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 1 Comment

Living in a small town is different in many respects. For one thing, you see people over and over- even if you don’t know them.  Arkadelphia, AR, is not a big town by virtually any measurement, so it was easy to spot a guy that ran 1500+ miles a year.  There were only so many places he could run. 

Fast-forward a few years, and I was introduced to that...

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Crazy One-Sentence Stories That Make Sense

Posted on July 24, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 4 Comments









Let me tell you how a Wal-Mart buyer appointment, refurbished iBooks, and one-sentence stories have changed the life of Miguel, a have-not teenager in Guatemala.

Ten years ago, I was in a meeting at Wal-Mart Home Office where three of us shared a five-minute appointment with...

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The "Real" Story

Posted on July 22, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 3 Comments

As I sat looking around the room at the people anxiously expecting me to do something , I didnt want any part of it. I found myself in a situation where people were expecting me to share a story – my story, to be precise. I didnt want to share about the time I had not received a job I thought I was...

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We're All Story Tellers

Posted on July 17, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, I love to read.  I have friends who re-read the same books over and over again, but I typically read a book and move to the next. The only exception to that is my all-time favorite book, The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffeneggar.

The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of Claire and Henry and their love that transcends...

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