Acknowledgement: The Third Responsibility of a Leader

“Leaders don’t inflict pain; they bear pain.” Max De Pree People in this world need someone to acknowledge that they exist. Rene’ Descartes is noted for his saying, “I think therefore I am.” As true as that statement is, it is worthless without acknowledgement of another human being. We should note that Descartes used hisContinue reading “Acknowledgement: The Third Responsibility of a Leader”

Reach Past the Past and Achieve Your Potential

 19The Lord said to Moses in Midian, Go back to Egypt; for all the men who were seeking your life [for killing the Egyptian] are dead.  [Exodus 4:19]             Moses began his adulthood at odds with the law.  Presently he’s living as a fugitive.  He had run from Egypt after committing a capital crime –Continue reading “Reach Past the Past and Achieve Your Potential”

God Demands a Response to Jesus

Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37 KJV) In the Movie, Deliver Us From Eva, LL Cool J is hired by three menContinue reading “God Demands a Response to Jesus”

The Power of Hope

Hope is not a strategy” ~ John Maxwell But don’t you just love it anyway.  Hope is an outstretched neck poised with anticipation of what will happen.  You know something wonderful, something adventurous, something new is coming.  It is not frivolous; it’s based on a plan that you’ve implemented and you’re working diligently to see comeContinue reading “The Power of Hope”

A Family that Stands Together

Duck Dynasty won because Phil Robertson’s family refused to continue without him. A & E said its core company values were “inclusion & mutual respect. ”  What Robertson said didn’t conflict with those values but they offended some people and rightly so.  How can we have a genuine conversation about issues of race and sexualityContinue reading “A Family that Stands Together”

Consistency: The Second Responsibility of a Leader

 “A double-minded person is unstable in all his ways.” ~  James 1:8 “Consistency is the key to your breakthrough,” Creflo Dollar, Pastor, World Changers Church International, Atlanta, GA, exclaimed with a robust, determined tone.  I remember it like  he said it at coffee this morning.  I was seated in the second row of the Minister’sContinue reading “Consistency: The Second Responsibility of a Leader”

Sagging and Twerking: Cultural Expressions of an Angry Generation

Sagging According to Judge Greg Mathis, Retired African-American Judge of the 36th District Court of the State of Michigan, sagging was adopted from the United States prison system.  Belts were sometimes prohibited to prevent prisoners from using them as weapons or committing suicide by hanging themselves. Due to the rampant incarceration of black men, childrenContinue reading “Sagging and Twerking: Cultural Expressions of an Angry Generation”

Defining Reality: The First Responsibility of a Leader

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality” ~ Max De Pree There I was.  I had just walked into my new role as Senior Personnel Sergeant charged with leading a group of soldiers tasked with performing all the human resource management tasks for our unit as well as being excellent in theContinue reading “Defining Reality: The First Responsibility of a Leader”

Closing the Inspirational Dissatisfaction Gap

A monument reportedly raised in the Alps in honor of a faithful guide who perished while ascending a peak to rescue a stranded tourist.  It read “He died climbing!”  Believe it or not, that is what we all want to be said of us when our time on this earth is over.  None of usContinue reading “Closing the Inspirational Dissatisfaction Gap”

A Leader’s Response to Adversity

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost   What is the difference between those who lead and those who don’t – the ability to make and sustain quality decisions in times of adversity.  Crossroads normally result from adversity. Continue reading “A Leader’s Response to Adversity”