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Faulty Systems and More Resources

I’ve worked within organizations that believed that more resources would solve problems or move important initiatives forward.

They were wrong because they igonored the fact that their systems were faulty or incomplete.

When the HOW of what people are doing doesn’t work well, or work at all, it doesn’t matter how many people – hard-working, smart and well-intentioned as they may be – you throw at a problem or project.

What’s needed is leadership.

Someone to look at results and ask hard questions about process.

Is what we doing the best we can do now, given the reality of our objectives?

Until, and unless, process errors, road-blocks and inefficiencies are remedied, more people won’t help.

Fix the system and then staff accordingly

Want What You Have and Get What You Want

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus

I would tweak the above and say: instead of craving what you don’t have, set goals based on your best guess of what else you might want and do two things simultaneously:

1) Practice Gratitude

Actively, consistently practice giving thanks.

For me this means taking a few minutes each day to write down five things I’m grateful for. Some days it’s a bit of a struggle, and sometimes I repeat myself – even “resorting” to “silly” things (like “I am grateful for this practice;” not that I’m not, but there are times when I wish I could be more creative or elegant in my gratitudes).

2) Regularly Design Your Future

Ask yourself what you really want to create in life. Who you really want to be – the ways you want to serve others. Know where you want to go and who you want to be.

Then, take that Vision and chunk it down to projects you can complete in 30-90 days. (I call these Micro-Goals and never have more than three at a time.)

Each week name the tasks you will complete that week to accomplish your projects (/Micro-Goals) and take action.

At the end of each week, assess how you did. See what was completed and what wasn’t. Ask yourself what felt great to do and/or accomplish and what didn’t. Tweak your approach and tasks as necessary.

Do those two things with authenticity, vigor and love and those things you once did not have will be yours.*

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* And you will have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for having been present and grateful and authentic and productive.

How Are You Great?

I recently challenged myself to be willing to ask myself and clients: how are you great?

Not in a bragging or self-aggrandizing way, or a narcissistic way, but in a genuine, human way.

A way that acknowledges – and embraces – the perfection and limitlessness of our pure spiritual self, and knows that how we manifest as humans in the world owes both our perfect spirit origins and our behavior.

The best of what we are comes from the perfection that we truly are. How can we access that source, more regularly and have it inform our behavior?

How can we act more like the perfection of our true spiritual selves?

How are we great?

How are you great?

Everyone Has A Ceiling

The level to which your career or business develops will never be higher than the level of your personal development.

If you want more success: more money, more time, more energy, you must develop yourself.

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Believe it or not the title of this blog post was difficult for me to write. I am someone who believes that we have amazing, perhaps unlimited, potential.

But we often hold ourselves back. (I know I do . . . .)

We settle. We dither. We procrastinate. We go for what we know we can get. We tell ourselves “this is good enough.”

Such thinking, and believing, is at best unfortunate, often tragic and certainly mis-guided.

We must strive for excellence – as we define it.

We must take action and learn and fail and grow.

We must be willing to act, even if we’re unprepared, or tired, or cranky, or . . . the time is always Now to move.

We must face ourselves and admit that this isn’t good enough. That we, and our family, and our co-workers and our community and our nation and our World deserve better – they deserve our best.

If you want to make more money and have more time and energy you must get better.

You must put in the time and effort and work.

You must be willing to re-make and re-create yourself over the course of your life.

And you must do it now. And now. And now. And . . . .

Towards A New Leadership Paradigm

Whenever I think about the challenges of the World, and what the solutions might be, I sometimes get frustrated, or at least dismayed.

I see the validity of parts of the claims of so many of the “reasonable” parties in the discussion, but give up in trying to reconcile the disparate positions.

The answer is not “which one is right?”

The answer is us.

The answer is going beyond out-dated dichotomies and ideologies and being people leaders who create consensus and workable solutions.

We must be a new sort of leader, not of title or position, but of ethics and service to humanity.

We need to create a critical mass of individuals who see that we are confronted with issues 1) that demand solutions  and 2) that we cannot get wrong – the stakes are too high.*

Economic Inequality. Water Scarcity. Environmental Degradation.

These are issues we cannot afford to “get wrong.”

These are issues that require international consensus and cooperation. They also require local action and leadership. Neither is sufficient, both are necessary.

I dream of a World with more and more people embracing the concept of leadership from within. An ethos of developing one’s self and making a difference locally – first developing personal capacity and clarity and then within one’s family structure and then branching out to work and community. A belief that leadership isn’t a title or position but a mindset, a practice, a way of communicating.

Then, once capacity and clarity has been solidified and leadership becomes a mindset, practice and way of communicating, one can think bigger and more broadly.

This is our best hope in meeting the Great Challenges of the 21st Century.

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* For example: I’ve heard that about 2% of scientists dispute the dire forecasts associated with climate change and wonder: if 2 out every 100 jet flights crashed would anyone fly? I doubt it. The question is not are those 2% of scientists right, but can we afford to risk them being wrong? It will be small comfort, in 40 or 50 years, to point to clear evidence of accelerating climate change and certain irreversible damage to say to those doubters “Told you so!”