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Beautiful Leadership

I am reading “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco and ran across a passage where one character is explaining to another the concept of “beauty.” He says for something to be beautiful three things must be in place: integrity, proportion, and clarity. It got me to thinking about Beautiful Leadership. Let’s apply these three criteria to leaders. Integrity I don’t know about you but I am disgusted with the lack of integrity we…

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Qualities of an Effective Agent of Change

In my studies of leadership, the phrase I have come across more often than any other is, “We are living in times of unprecedented change,” or something like that. The phrase has been used so often it has become a cliché. So, I will not say it in this post. One thing I will say, though, is that leadership is always about change. Leaders are always trying to move either organizations or individuals or perhaps…

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Greenleaf’s Legacy

With his essay, “Essentials of Servant Leadership,” written in 1958, Robert K. Greenleaf launched what was to become one of the most important leadership models of the 20th century. Prior to this time — and sadly too often even today — leadership was seen strictly as a power over people, to dominate and coerce into submission to the leader’s goals. His call for change, was not based on any sense of the superior ethics of…

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Negotiation: What If They Don’t Play Fair?

One of the signs of a healthy society is that people are able to negotiate their differences in a civil manner. One of the ways to do this is to focus on principles rather that positions. Once you take a position, then it becomes a kind of war because you have to defend your position. Focusing on principles frees you up to consider alternatives solutions, the idea being that, in a successful negotiation, both parties…

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Initial Reflections on My Reading of Atlas Shrugged

I finished reading Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged and thought I’d write a post on my initial response. This was my introduction to Rand so I had no preconceptions about her going into the book. When I shared a quote from the book on my Facebook page, I learned that there are some who don’t like her. I was told that I should not quote her because she’s a horrible person who hates humanity. This…

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  • Joel 2:23 September 20, 2020
    “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”
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