March 28, 2016

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HFM 138 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 8 – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

 

Britain’s World War II leader is considered as the gold standard of confident leadership. He gave Britain strength during the darkest moments of the war through his unflagging determination to survive and prove to the world of his nation’s unshakeable courage.

He was not born that way. Churchill had a disappointing career as an author, journalist, politician and statesman. He suffered adversity and failure throughout a life. As a child he was scorned by teachers for hyperactivity. As a soldier he was considered a medal hound. As a politician he was chided for being an opportunist. Beyond that he suffered from depression.

How did he become Britain’s beacon of light? Listen to this podcast to learn more.

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March 21, 2016

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HFM 137 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 7 – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938)

 

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, and lacked most formal education.

Learn how he overcame these challenges to become the beloved national hero of millions of Turkish citizens.

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March 14, 2016

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HFM 136 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 6 – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 

Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression.

He also failed at every upward step in his career – losing multiple elections, denounced by his opponents, and described by his colleagues as suicidal.

But it is because of these failures that he became such a towering figure, not in spite of them. Learn more about the trials and tribulations of Abraham Lincoln in this podcast episode.

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March 7, 2016

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HFM 134 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 5 – Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

 

Perhaps nobody transformed American politics in the first half of the 1800s more than Andrew Jackson. He spoke on behalf of common people, settlers, and farmers instead of earlier presidents who represented the East Coast establishment. Jackson broke open opportunities for non-elite Americans in political life.

Jackson was born on the frontier between North and South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, he had little formal schooling and taught himself law in his late teens and earned entry to the North Carolina bar in 1787. Jackson became a lawyer, then a militia officer, then a U.S. Representative, then a contested White House candidate. In each of his careers Jackson fought as tenaciously as if he were on the frontier in a shoot-out with a band of mountain brigands. When he won the presidency, Jackson brought the same tenacity to the White House.

Learn more about the incredible difficulties Jackson overcame in this podcast episode.

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February 29, 2016

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HFM 133 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 4 – Peter the Great (1672-1725)

 

No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire — considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages — and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a boy.

Things became no easier when he ascended the throne. Everyone opposed his reforms, included his boyars, state ministers, religious clergy, and peasants. How did he stand against his own people and win? Find out in this episode.

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February 22, 2016

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HFM 132 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 3 – Genghis Khan (1162-1227)

 

“Do not scorn a weak cub; he may become a brutal tiger.

— Mongolian proverb.

Genghis Khan is the greatest conqueror in history. His descendants triggered 40 million deaths. His conquest covered 22 percent of the earth.

But his origins are incredibly humble.

His father was killed and the family left to die in the harsh Mongolian winter. Genghis claimed his father’s position as chieftain of the tribe, but the tribe rejected him and his family, leaving them isolated and without protection. For the next several years, he lived in abject poverty, surviving on wild fruits, ox carcasses, and marmots.  Temperatures in the winter plummeted to minus 20 degrees. To make things worse, he was then captured and enslaved by his father’s former allies

In this episode, learn how he overcame adversity to become the greatest conqueror in history.

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February 15, 2016

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HFM 131 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 2 – William the Conqueror (1028-1087)

 

William of Normandy, also known as William the Conqueror, had to overcome challenges not faced by most royalty. We know this because his other moniker was William the Bastard. He was born in 1028 to Robert I, the sixth Duke of Normandy. His mother was Herleva the humble daughter of a Tanner. They were unmarried, hence William’s sobriquet. Despite this humble upbringing he became a formidable Norman ruler and one of England’s most influential kings.

Here’s my question when I researched the life of William. He was a bastard offspring. In some contexts this would disqualify one from receiving his father’s office, especially a Duke. But it didn’t appear to be a problem for William. How did the illegitimate offspring of a tanner’s daughter become king of England? Find out in this podcast episode.

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February 8, 2016

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HFM 130 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 1 – Empress Theodora (500-548)

We are launching a new series, looking at leaders in history who overcame significant adversity. History has demonstrated time and again that effective leaders emerge in times of great stress, change and uncertainty. The first person in this series is Empress Theodora, the co-ruler of the Byzantine Empire at the height of its power in the 6th century.

Learn how she rose from prostitute to mistress of a provincial governor to the co-ruler of Byzantine Empire, the defacto world’s most powerful woman. She stopped the Nika Revolts, kept Constantinople from falling to mob rule, commissioned dozens of churches and monasteries, and open up charitable institutions across the Eastern Mediterranean.

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November 16, 2015

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HFM 129 | The Step-by-Step Guide to Building a 13th-Century French Castle

 

In a remote forest clearing in Burgundy, France, a 13th-century castle is slowly being constructed using only the tools, techniques, and materials that would have been available to the builders of the day. It’s archaeology in reverse.

What started out as an eccentric pipe dream is now an established enterprise, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from around Europe every year.

Learn what it took to build a castle in 13th-century France in this podcast episode. If you want to learn first-hand, go to Burgundy and check it out!

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November 2, 2015

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HFM 128 | Europeans in the Far East Before Marco Polo

 

Marco Polo is the most famous European explorer to the Far East, but he definitely wasn’t the first. His father and uncle came there years before. And they found a small colony of Europeans who lived permanently in China.

Perhaps the most famous pre-Polo European in the Far East is William of Rubruck. This plucky monk did his best to convert the Great Khan to Christianity. He made his effort by debating Muslims and Buddhists as to which religion was the true one. See how that turns out in this week’s episode.

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