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Archive for December, 2009

Looking into the clear star-lit Christmas Eve sky feelings of both amazement and wonderment of our very existence and way of being emerged.  So here we are between the infiniteness of the universe above and the finiteness of the earth below.  I can’t help but think that we humans reflect both.

During the holiday season most offer wishes of happiness and joy to both loved ones and strangers alike.  I believe this wish is a heartfelt wish.  But then, reality grabs us: Once the season passes, we go back to the work-a-day dog-eat-dog competitive ego-centered way-of-being.   Why do we do this?  I suspect the system requires us to be this way; just like the context of the holiday season allows us to be wishful of joy to one and all.

Why don’t we simply continue our heartfelt way-of-relating? After all it is not that we are not capable.  Some reacting to this question might say stop dreaming, that’s not reality!  However, I suspect most will wish it could be so.  I believe all you have to do is cease wishing and begin being responsible for the reality we create.  Let’s get real and be the difference we wish for.  Just think how wonderful life would be.

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Today, as in the past, we anxiously await the emergence of leadership but unfortunately we are often disappointed.  Irrespective of whether leaders are selected or elected, the experience provided falls far short of the experience needed.  We seem to always get much less than what we hoped for.  Far too few of those we find in positions of authority—which erroneously we label leadership—have what it takes to facilitate the needed partnerships for progress.  In spite of our experience, we remain hopeful that the next one we get or select will be the one.  What should we look for? (more…)

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Many will acknowledge that while we may not measure what’s important, the important thing becomes what we measure.  Why?  It keeps us exclusively focused on what (in-practice) we really value.

So what’s most important to those in authority?  Organizations have ceased to exist because of a single-minded pursuit of it.  Well we’ve fought wars because of it.  It is keeping us from truly listening to each other toward identifying and finding a solution to the healthcare problems in society, and to the widening inequality in society—yes even to formulating a playoff system for major college football! (more…)

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Whenever I converse with others about leadership, I am never quite sure that there is a common understanding of (exactly) what the term means—I would not be surprised if others have the same experience.  Granted it is far more entertaining to talk about something that we can’t seem to agree upon—like who is #1 at the end of the college football season—but when it comes to serious matters that impact life it is quite unproductive. (more…)

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