Pointers in Proverbs

Wisdom Pointers

Empowerment In Leadership – A Pointer

2014-03-24T14:58:33+00:00

Harnessed or Unleashed! Empowerment is the goal of many leadership initiatives today. We are encouraged to find potential leaders, equip them to lead, give them authority, and then turn them loose to achieve. "The best executive,” Theodore Roosevelt noted, “is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Henry Ford’s Model T changed the face of twentieth-century American life. By 1914, Ford was producing nearly 50% of all cars in the U.S. But by the early 1930s Ford's share of [...]

Empowerment In Leadership – A Pointer2014-03-24T14:58:33+00:00

Good Leaders Are Encouragers

2014-03-24T15:03:28+00:00

Without advantages like a solid education, adequate financial assets and good health, life can be a real challenge, but without hope, life soon becomes unsustainable. Proverbs 18:14 in the Bible says, “A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?” I think most of us would agree that to cultivate a healthy spirit requires encouragement and lots of it. In today’s fast-paced, highly-competitive, oft impersonal world we all experience losses, disappointments and loneliness. This stuff can cause us to begin doubting our value, which can lead to discouragement. That's why it's critical for our emotional [...]

Good Leaders Are Encouragers2014-03-24T15:03:28+00:00

A Life Well Lived!

2013-07-24T10:06:03+00:00

A Life Well Lived  “A Life Well Lived” is the theme of an ad campaign promoting San Miguel, a Spanish beer. Such a life, the unseen narrator tells us in a made for TV ad, is about experiences of beauty, romance, mischief and adventure, including being rescued by an admiral’s daughter and being swallowed whole by a fish. To which I say, not so fast. Celebrated author Ernest Hemingway lived an intrepid life. A foreign correspondent in both World Wars who also traveled extensively in pursuit of hunting and other sports, Hemingway had wide-ranging experiences. However, at age 61, lonely, suffering [...]

A Life Well Lived!2013-07-24T10:06:03+00:00

TRUE WISDOM: IT’S IDENTITY AND SOURCE

2013-05-29T15:57:32+00:00

Conventional wisdom, according to Wikipedia, is “The body of ideas or explanations generally accepted as true by the public or by experts in a field.” Wikipedia goes on to say that “Such ideas or explanations, though widely held, are unexamined.” They’re not necessarily true, in other words. Take for instance conventional wisdom’s contention that money plus possessions equals satisfaction. Now I know we say we don’t believe that, but a lot of times we live as if we do, even though a cursory study of the lives of the world’s wealthiest people quickly belies this notion. Then there’s what recent surveys [...]

TRUE WISDOM: IT’S IDENTITY AND SOURCE2013-05-29T15:57:32+00:00

RAGS OR RICHES OR – CONFIDENCE

2013-05-29T15:57:32+00:00

What percentage of people would you say suffers from “self-esteem deficit”? 85%, says Dr. Joe, and since he was at the top of the heap when I googled the question, he must be right. Right? Well, maybe, but for sure there’s a bunch of folks who conform to fads, compare themselves with others, act superior, procrastinate, are indecisive and consumed by fear of failure, need constant approval, and exaggerate their achievements - all marks of low self-confidence. A lot of people struggle with this sort of thing all their lives. How does somebody improve their self-esteem? What works and what doesn’t? [...]

RAGS OR RICHES OR – CONFIDENCE2013-05-29T15:57:32+00:00

“Life is a Leadership Laboratory”

2013-05-29T15:57:32+00:00

  Jim Moschgat, an Air Force Academy cadet in the late 70s, tells the story of their squadron janitor, William "Bill" Crawford. Although Crawford kept the place spotless, says Moschgat, none of the cadets gave him much notice, "rendering him little more than a passing nod or a curt, 'G'morning!' as we hurried off to our daily duties at the Academy, one of the nation's premier leadership laboratories. Face it, Mr. Crawford was just another fixture around the squadron. What did he, a janitor, have to offer us on a personal level?" One day, however, Moschgat, reading a book about World [...]

“Life is a Leadership Laboratory”2013-05-29T15:57:32+00:00

Identity Vs. Role As A Leader

2013-05-29T15:57:33+00:00

In a scene from the television miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” Major Richard Winters is seated in a parked jeep when he notices Captain Herbert Sobol walking by pretending not to see him so as to avoid saluting. “Captain Sobol!” says Winters, stopping the captain in his tracks. “We salute the rank, not the man.” What’s up with Sobol’s disrespectful behavior? I believe it stems from a failure to separate his identity from his role. Allow me to explain. As you will recall if you’re familiar with the story, Winters and Sobol shared considerable history. Sobol had been Easy Company’s commander through [...]

Identity Vs. Role As A Leader2013-05-29T15:57:33+00:00