Posts Tagged: visionary leadership

Idea Starters

“I’m undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair.”

Hillary Clinton

Wouldn’t it be nice if changing a mind was as easy and changing hair color. CSW

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“A vegetarian is a person who won’t eat anything that can have children.”

David Brenner

I’m a vegetarian once remove. Many of the animals I eat were vegetarians. CSW

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“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.”

Milton Berle

Committees are often appointed by people who can’t find a solution; and they appoint people who didn’t know there was a problem. CSW

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“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”

L. Mencken

It’s sad that advertising can take the worthless and make it a necessity. CSW

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“I’m thankful for the three ounce Ziploc bag, so that I have somewhere to put my savings.”

Paula Poundstone

The Ziploc makes it easily accessible in case of emergencies. CSW

 

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The Origin of a Legacy

DSN9158-2-LLast week I spent some time with cousins discussing our family tree. We’ve got quite a bit of material and it was fun to compare notes and talk of distant relatives and family history. After our discussion I began making a chart.

I placed a box at the top for my great-great-great-great-great grandparents. I placed some boxes below and put the names of their children and spouses in the boxes. Then on to another row of boxes. My paper was laid out landscape style and I was already out of room.

You may think this has to do with heritage or genealogies; perhaps some magnificent revelation or discovery. None of that happened. Truth is I already know too much about my family history. If you know my family you know what I mean.

But as I looked at the boxes that were all descending from the top one, I realized something I hadn’t planned on.

Bible verses are like that; they have offspring. Sometimes a verse leads me to another verse. Other times a verse leads me to a thought. Sometimes a verse leads me to paradoxical understandings within itself. A verse leads to a verse that leads to another and so on. A verse leads to a thought to another thought to another verse, and so on. A verse brings an understanding and then another look at the same verse brings a differing understanding, and so on.

I guess that is the power of inspiration. I wish I could trace the lineage of verses I know well, of the ones becoming familiar; and those yet to be discovered.

I also pray those verses will produce a legacy in me. May the Word of God be at the top of my lifestyle genealogy.

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A Little Foolishness

DSN9158-2-LPlease bear with me in a little foolishness, I just came across a phrase, and one similar to it, that made me think. Sorry. You’re familiar with the phrases and although they seem to mean the same thing, I’m not sure they do. Maybe you’ve noticed it before and, after reading, will really wonder about me.

The first is the phase, “nothing is impossible.” It’s biblical. I have usually understood it to mean that there is no thing that is impossible. But my new understanding is that nothing is impossible. In other words, and more exact, it is impossible for nothing to happen. Nothing is not a choice, something is going to happen.

Matthew and Luke both state that with God nothing will be impossible. I really like my new understanding. When God looks at an individual he believes that it is impossible for that person to do, or be, nothing. God has a plan.

The other phrase is, “All things are possible.” Matthew and Mark both use that phrase; indicating that all things are possible with God. That adds another dimension. It is impossible for nothing to happen, but add to that – God makes anything possible to happen.

Nothing is impossible, and all things are possible with God. A new reason for hope.

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Idea Starters

“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.”

George Burns

True, you rarely hear of people dying after the age of 100. CSW

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“If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?”

Robin Williams

When a psychic reads their own mind is it déjà vu? CSW

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“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

L. Mencken

Apes would never humiliate themselves to think they’re our relatives. CSW

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“I went window shopping today! I bought four windows.”

Tommy Cooper

How much money could be saved if we stopped buying things just because they’re on sale? CSW

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“The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.”

Phyllis Diller

Be creative, there is always a better way. CSW

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Responsible Vulnerability

DSN9118-2-M“I was wrong. That’s it, plain and simple. There’s no reason to look for further explanations, or try to find reasons. I make no excuses. I was wrong, others have suffered. I am deeply sorry. I apologize. I will accept my punishment without hesitation or argument. But as a team, let’s move on, correct what we can and overcome the rest; learn and grow and become better. My promise to you is I will.”

What a drastic and mind-blowing confrontation to witness.

I was in a particularly interesting vantage point. I heard the confession but knew more facts than the other observers. This person was not solely responsible, nor was the mistake his more than others. The confession made the situation sound much more grim than it was. In fact, it was not a major problem or mistake. But the potential for its growth into a major concern was there.

This leader saw the potential for deeper problems to arise; for speculation and gossip to take the small ember and fan it into a major fire. By taking responsibility and turning the team toward solution and progress he dowsed the probability of a flame and turned it into a demonstration of leadership, a learning opportunity; and a positive solution to the problem situation.

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