April 29, 2011
[ Chapter 1.1 is here. ]
October 22, 2023
Remus moved a tuft of hair from Lumi’s face. Then he held her hand and gently patted it. When she awoke, he put a finger over his mouth to be quiet. He motioned to her to follow him.
“Why do you all wear sunglasses when you sleep?” Remus asked her when they were away from the trucks.
“Because the future is bright,” Lumi answered with a sleepy smile. 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 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 »
March 26, 2011
Guest Post by Michael McKinney
Apple is on a roll and we want to know how Steve Jobs does it. The Steve Jobs way is, in a word, passion.
Passion drives his perseverance and momentum through setbacks.
Passion obliges his attention to detail.
Passion necessitates his intense focus.
Passion fuels his outbursts.
Passion compels him to encourage those around him.
Passion urges him to compete with himself.
Passion informs his decisions.
Passion is the “magic.”
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April 5, 2010
Below, Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd:
The best kept secret of American government and politics is that it powered by the enthusiasm, passion and over-drive of young professionals. And it’s no secret at all. Year after year, you see the swarm in Washington, DC.
Start ups too are mostly about young professionals and twenty something dreamers who can give everything they got. They tend not to have families or mortgages that chain them down. And multinationals can’t exploit them enough in emerging economies.
Bright, young professionals are the greatest asset to the organization that can channel their energy and passion to creative, innovative and productive purpose.
It’s cat herding at its best. And it can be an extreme challenge – especially if you are focused on processes and technology rather than people.
Moreover, not all young professionals are equal. Identifying those with a leader’s heart early (and coaching them) is critical to moving the herd in the direction of success and results. They are the golden key. Read the rest of this entry »
April 4, 2010
Hristos a inviat!
Below, Imagine Leadership by Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative. Nohria and Pepper collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership to address some of society’s most pressing problems.
“Corporations are not people…” says Klaus Bandisch (@friendsaround50) of Waikiki, Hawaii.
Global economic problems have revealed several underlying failures of modern society. Some represent recurring challenges ever bound to the human condition. Among them is the failure or lack of great leadership. It is an issue that cuts across borders, cultures, economies, industries and Hopes.
Here’s what we know: results and break-neck performance are king. And for good reason. We all love profit.
Here’s what we are starting to think about: Compassion and empathy are powerful management and leadership tools.
Business thinkers often fail, however, to emphasize that high emotional (or social) intelligence is when the heart can be applied to problem-solving with prudence and strategic practice. Alas, high emotional intelligence is not something you can easily grab off the shelf. Read the rest of this entry »
March 2, 2008
Out of a mouth-mind in Bablion…
Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Chairman of Microsoft, put a featured question to Linkedin professionals:
“How can we do more to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology?”
After two days, there were 2500+ and counting answers from leaders, managers and professionals from across the planet. Below is my published answer to Bill Gates and my many unknown colleagues at Linkedin:
Reading C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man, I came to the consideration that the moral relativism that accompanies modern math and science education in the West may have taken the life and spirit out of math and sciences.
Is it possible that we have alienated several generations from these disciplines because the young have an instinctive, unconscious rejection of a delusion with no value and affect?
The implicit philosophy of math and science is that all statements of value are merely subjective statements and tell us nothing truly about the object. On the contrary, we can know things as they are to some objective extent and our actions can be understood as objectively good or evil. Math and science have been misused as a deconstructive tool used to undermine human values and affections, confuse right from wrong and plunge those who self-examine… into nihilistic despair and the untrustworthy comfort of hedonism.
As Plato and Aristotle believed, Lewis reminds us that we must train the young to like and dislike what they ought, to love the good and hate the bad. Emotion and intuition must be integrated with intellect and perception (as Carl Jung suggests) or they will grow up into something strange, pursuing intellectual conclusions and technological solutions that are heartless OR pursuing what feels good without the capacity to discern which goods are truly good and which are temporarily pleasing.
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