The traditional leadership industry (probably unknown to itself) feeds a false hope because they make leadership seem easy on the surface and easily reductive in formulation and application. Those stalwarts and legacy academics of the industry seldom, if ever impress upon their readers and listeners just how much hard work good leadership really requires.
What does your mortality have to do with leadership? Intellectual studies in western culture, often frame self-improvement in sterile, peace-loving terms, shunning any sense of mortality and hostility framing them as outdated, barbaric, manipulative, and unfair. Self-help always fails ignores the single most powerful motivational tool. Death. “The problem for us is that we are... Continue Reading →
Integrity is not what you think and goes beyond the simple phrase of “Doing the right thing when no one is watching,” or the defined: adherence to a code of values; soundness; completeness (PBS Digital Studios., 2016) . Integrity does not mean the same thing to everyone. When you dispassionately evaluate people, you will find... Continue Reading →
When the Starlings fly in their Collective Glory, can anyone decipher the leader of their magnificent act The Heart beats, Glands secrete, Kidneys purify, every cell performs the most exacting functions and the Brain reflects The many Billion Galaxies of effervescent stars and nascent space. Of Black holes and Milky Ways, does someone... Continue Reading →
“Meditations on Death Should be Performed Daily” -- Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure A leader should intently study and concentrate on their mortality. Reflections upon modern leadership should be aimed to shed light on the certain realities that today’s peace-loving culture would otherwise shun as outdated, barbaric and unfair. Robert Greene warns us accordingly “the problem for... Continue Reading →
I am often perplexed by the use of the term "common sense." Even more so when a person stresses the need for (more) of it. Can you even define such a thing? Do you know when you see it? How do you categorize or quantify such thoughts? If you can, then you should very well... Continue Reading →
Your use of language should be more than aesthetic endeavors like cooking or music. Language can and is more than an art of communication. Words are living things; they have personality, point of view, agenda. Though you may strive for beauty in your language, they must be insidiously calculated when time and priorities allow. Precise... Continue Reading →
Dogma, the established belief or doctrine held by a religion, ideology or any kind of organization that is authoritative, and not to be disputed. Dogma is why we fight or show disgust for new ideas, alternatives, and change. It takes work and conscious effort in the way you process new information, to be less dogmatic... Continue Reading →
We always hide our weakness. Because of this we always berate others for theirs. It's the history of humanity. Until we can face ourselves, we will continue to mistreat others and lose out on connections that are beneficial among each other and value added to your team.
There is a tangible power in defying expectations. Knowing what your adversary expects or has become used to, will allow you, when the moment is right, to create or exploit the circumstances to surprise them. Knock them off balance or set them back on their heels. When possible, calculate this approach in a way that... Continue Reading →