April 12, 2011
This is a multi-post thread. It begins here.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
- Declaration of Independence
The 56 Americans who signed The Declaration of Independence gave themselves to the cause of freedom with a keen awareness of the consequences of their decisions and actions. They were not men who had nothing to lose. They were not losers or freaks. 24 were outstanding attorneys. Nine were wealthy plantation owners. The other 23 were all men of distinction.
They had everything to lose for the sake of freedom: their life and their dreams, their families, friends, homes, business and careers, station and properties.
At the signing of the Declaration, they pledged their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor. Some would give everything they had – including their lives. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11, 2011
My fellow citizens:
Like you, I don’t believe that the problem of the United States of America today is a lack of good intentions, intelligence, vision, ability and hope.
Amongst this American people are all the resources, compassion and courage that are needed.
The problem is a lack of leadership.
No, we do not lack for politicians. I believe that we can all agree there is enough of those peculiar creatures. Neither can they be improved upon. Nor perfected. They are merely men and women- no better and no worse than our best and our worst. As individuals, their service (performed well or poorly) is limited by their single-ness.
What we lack, in fact, is an army of humble, servant leaders! Read the rest of this entry »
April 7, 2011
22 October 2023
The road to Bucharest was slow, long and difficult, just as any road of hope stretches out far beyond our ordinary reach and will. They test us. These roads of hope test us.
They ask us to make the kind of sacrifices that break us and take away all pride and folly. Until we are broken and ready to be worked into a new form like a ball of potter’s clay.
Until there is no bravado left to sustain us, these roads of hope are towering trees. They hold the prize out of reach like an ancient tree that holds her forbidden fruit on a high and so distant branch.
A Mercedes city bus, a Ford F350, three Dacia pick ups, and two freight trucks. This was our caravan. What was left of it. We lost five cars along the way. And 20 good men and women.
The villages, towns, and cities along the way were dead, burned down or both. The remains of the dead lay exposed to weather, animals and worms. Cats fed upon their worm-ridden, dead former owners. And dogs fed upon fatted cats. Read the rest of this entry »
April 7, 2011
We all have aspirations. Dreams. Like the singer of Tears for Fears croons, everyone wants to rule the world.
Making it happen is another story. Sharing the idea is as far as most people get. Getting people excited about the potential of that idea – enough for them to roll up their sleeves and pitch in or reach for their checkbook – is the actual first step in making it happen.
These are the stories that aspiring netpreneurs and entrepreneurs need to hear and read about. That’s why I connected with Triberr co-founder Dan Cristo. To get him to share how he and Dino Dogan jump started Triberr.
For those that don’t know about Triberr, you can read my previous post here.
Thanks to Dan Cristo for sharing his time and answers with us.
Everyone wants to rule the world, Tears for Fears
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April 6, 2011
by Dr. Jack King
Dr. Jack King is Founder and President of the NorthFork Center for Servant Leadership. NorthFork is a nonprofit organization fervently committed to introduce a new generation to the power of servant leadership. The NorthFork website is here.
Softly Awakes My Heart, Marian Anderson
What is Leadership?
Leadership is not a thing. It is not a process. Nor is it a position (or positional authority).
Leadership is not self-seeking, or self-serving. I’m not suggesting it ‘shouldn’t be;’ I’m saying it cannot be these things.
For example, Hitler used strife in Europe after WWI to further his own goal of seizing power. Do we say Hitler was among the worst leaders of all time, or do we say Hitler was no leader at all?
I know some would say he was a great leader, but for all the wrong reasons. Read the rest of this entry »