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“As we approach President’s day, it seems fitting to honor two wonderful examples of innovation: our first American President, George Washington and our 16th, Abraham Lincoln.  Both men were students of their environment–continually examining their surroundings and identifying niches to fill.  Many years before his face adorned the $1 bill and frustrated with the backbreaking labor of planting seeds by hand, 28‑year old George Washington drew upon his love of reading and combined two separate concepts into a new invention: the barrel seeder.  As a result, his innovation allowed a horse to pull the plow forward while a barrel rotated to distribute seeds into furrows.”

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

Leadership through ongoing innovative thought is a key to growth and success in life. Don’t avoid taking action by waiting for the million dollar idea. Look around and start tomorrow with one small step—or a clever combination of a million “one-dollar ideas!” Start with a new approach at home, at your desk at work or somewhere else inside your comfort zone. You don’t need to solve World Peace right now. Take a tip from Abe, and just get the first boat back on the river.

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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