Friday, January 27, 2012

Learn To Lead

I recently put out a quotation to my subscriber list indicating: “Unless you learn to lead, you will always be at the mercy of someone else to guide you.” While on the surface this looks like a totally plausible quotation, a very wise and learned friend quipped back: 'Hi. I've been thinking about this. While true, I was reflecting on the fact that I'd probably prefer to be led by a person such as, say, Gandhi, than led by myself :-). There are a few people I would be willing to follow w/o feeling that I was at her or his mercy.'

This got me thinking and exploring if my friend's insights were true?  While I see her position, I had to warmly reply that while she made a good point, I believe Gandhi wanted people to lead themselves… and that is what great leaders do. He (Gandhi) could NEVER had successfully extracted the British from India if he was leading everyone by himself…because the British would have just had to lock him up and the revolution was over. Instead, he taught others how to go about making the change they wanted themselves…the same is true for the Arab Springs that happened well…almost everywhere…if people do not learn how to lead themselves…they could end up in a place like Jonestown.

Now, if you happen to be lucky enough to have a great leader, then being sheep is OK.. Oh, and by lead…it may be you lead just an army of ONE…you… Every great master knows there comes a time that his pupil will need to leave his tutelage….and lead himself… just my two cents…oh, BTW…I am NOT saying it is unwise to follow someone, but if you never learned how to lead, you may never know if it is a worthwhile person to follow.

The same can be said for you as a business person. No, you may never be in front of a company as a leader, but not learning this valuable skill, you will never know if the company you are with is worth staying with or not... "for every endeavor, large or small, rises and falls on leadership."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

To Being Old: An Old Person

I never really liked the terminology "Old Person" but this makes me feel better about it. And if you ain't one, I bet ya you know one! I got this from an "Old Personal friend of mine"!

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• Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.
• Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal ,Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.
• If you bump into an Old People on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courtly to women.
• Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
• Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.
• Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.
• It's the Old People who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old People with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.
• We need them now more than ever. (Makes me feel good about being Almost Old) :-)

Thank God for Old People

I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them