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The psychiatrist Thomas Szász said, ‘The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget’. Forgiveness is a rebirth of hope, a move towards the future. Once forgiving begins, dreams can be rebuilt. And although forgiving doesn’t change the past, it permits the construction of a new future. As Gandhi, Mandela, and other truly great leaders have shown us, forgiveness is what characterises a leader of real spiritual and emotional maturity.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

Forgive…grant forgiveness and seek hope in a new future for yourself and your team.  Doing so is within your power, and modeled by your teammates.

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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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