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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Dec 15, 2019

In today's episode, Dr. Gregg pulls out six great lessons of leadership from the text, including one of Machiavelli’s most famous assertions: “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”

Target 6 Reading: Chapters 16-18, pp. 62-71 of Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, Second Edition,...

Nov 15, 2019

In today’s episode, Dr. Gary Gregg covers the next five great leadership lessons of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. These lessons include the following: money alone will not incentivize men to make great sacrifices; leaders should care only for war (prepare for war during peace in order to be ready when future...

Oct 15, 2019

In today’s episode, Dr. Gary Gregg distills four great leadership lessons from chapters 9-10 of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. Dr. Gregg’s lessons include the following: leaders find great benefit in doing good when their followers expect evil; leaders must make themselves indispensable; peace is achieved...

Sep 15, 2019

In this installment of the Vital Remnants Podcast, Dr. Gary Gregg guides listeners through chapters six and seven of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, identifying seven lessons for modern leaders. Those lessons include warnings about founding new enterprises, a caution to grow your enterprise slowly rather than...

Aug 15, 2019

In this installment of the Vital Remnants Podcast, Dr. Gary Gregg guides readers through the first five chapters of The Prince, identifying eight keys to leadership from the reading. These include lessons on assuming roles of power, learning before you lose and engaging problems before they become too large to remedy....