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Leadership in Action: Inklings - Down-to-Earth Life and Leadership by David P. Campbell

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INKLINGS

Down-to-Earth Life and Leadership

David P. Campbell

I grew up in rural Iowa in the thirties and forties, close to the land, close to reality. I was born at home, as were my two sisters. We milked our own cows, gathered our own eggs, pumped our own water. There was still a blacksmith shop, where horses were shoed, on Main street, and every day a coal-fired steam locomotive made a round trip up from Creston, which was on the main Chicago-Denver C.B.&Q. rail line, with the local freight.

Every week or so my mother would say to me, “David, go out in the backyard and catch a rooster. Cut off his head. I need to fry him up for dinner.” “Running around like a chicken with its head cut off” was not just an expression for me.

Although I don't ...

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