Wednesday, February 16, 2011


"The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom--as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.” Warren G. Bennis

Painting: The Magpie, oil on canvas, Claude Monet, 1868-1869

Monet often thought of himself as this magpie sitting alone in a frigid art world as his soul revealed the light of impressionism upon canvas after canvas. Always perceived as one of the leaders of the impressionistic movement, he defined resilience in his time.