God Help Me To Become a Clearer More Loving Person

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God help me to become a clearer more loving person.

To think of others more; myself less.
To listen more carefully; respond in deeper gentleness.

To have a quiet centering of appreciation in
morning and in night.
To convince myself of joy in darkened dawn’s flittering might
To protect my thought as well as spiritual sight.

To see the good, seek the good, see the good again.
To cherish all identity in my family brother friend.

To enrich my self’s experience in understanding God’s word.
Constantly grateful, amaze, at His beautifully crooned world.

From Pamela’s journal, 1994.

Two Kinds of Questions: Which Do You Ask?

 

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There are two types of questions that people tend to ask.

The “showing off” question aims to demonstrate how much we know about a subject. It might be a “gotcha” aiming to expose the weakness or mistake in a presenter’s argument.

The second type of question aims to learn, not to show off. This question comes from a willingness to be a bit vulnerable, to acknowledge ignorance or a lack of a complete understanding about a subject.

This “learning” question aims not to demonstrate our existing knowledge to others, but instead to deepen our understanding about a particular topic.

We often fail to ask these “learning” questions because we don’t want to look stupid. We are afraid to acknowledge in front of our peers, subordinates, or superiors that we do not understand a topic completely.

Unfortunately, we limit ourselves when we hold back in such a fashion.

What type of questions do you ask as a leader? Moreover, what type of questions do you encourage your team members to ask?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we can learn from the Samurai

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I find it fascinating. It’s amazing how much we can learn from the Samurai. This ancient philosophy is important for us to learn in the 21st century. 

Samurai were dedicated warriors, which lived a very DISCIPLINED life style. Being a Samurai was a way of life. They were complete PERFECTIONISTS. They raised the bar and expected themselves to jump over it. They had very HIGH STANDARDS in every aspect of life. SELF DISCIPLINE was the key to this philosophy. 

Death is a central aspect of the Samurai philosophy. When a Samurai is faced with a situation in which he must choose between life and death, his immediate, unhesitating choice is always DEATH. While the desire to live is natural, and we temper our actions according to this desire, there is no doubt that opting for life without realizing our ambitions is cowardly.

A Samurai valued EDUCATION and were expected to carry a book when they were not training. 

Irresponsible behaviour of every type was considered DISHONOURABLE. They were HONEST, SINCERE and LAW ABIDING people. They didn’t need any laws or rules of conduct because they always did what was right and avoided doing what was wrong. They would always tell the TRUTH. LYING was considered a disgrace that will never leave you. 

HUMILITY was highly important. A Samurai didn’t want to stand out or draw attention to him self. They just wanted to quietly go about their business. They were NOT EGOTISTICAL or ARROGANT people. They carefully watched what they would say. Words can harm everyone. They were men of few words. You couldn’t get them to talk very much, however they would ask questions and LISTEN attentively. 

Samurai believed in HARD WORK. They had an outstanding WORK ETHIC. They believed MANUAL LABOUR was a good thing. It was a good thing to dig ditches, move rocks, build roads and rock walls. They loved to work in bad weather because it made them mentally TOUGH and strong. After all war is not fought in good weather. They didn’t like any comforts of any kind because it makes one SOFT. In order to progress in life, one had to improve every day in every aspect. 

What can we learn form this group of people? How to we instill some of these characteristics in people today? Many people today are as far from this philosophy as you can get. The Samurai would be appalled by our culture.

Haters are my motivators.

Haters are my motivators.

You know why?

The more they taunt, bully, and try to do anything to get in my way! 

I work harder, and get smarter.

I’m not going to let these people get in my way and block me of what I have to do in order to become successful.

Nights swerve.

I will defeat my battles and pass and Obstacles NOBODY CAN GET IN MY WAY.

IF U THINK YOU CAN, WELL THINK AGAIN. I AM STRONG NOBODY CAN STOP ME.

Princess Diana Speech – Responding To Landmines

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Responding To Landmines Famous Speech by Princess Diana

June 12, 1997

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I must begin by saying how warmly I welcome this conference on landmines convened by the Mines Advisory Group and the Landmines Survivors’ Network. It is so welcome because the world is too little aware of the waste of life, limb and land which anti-personnel landmines are causing among some of the poorest people on earth. Indeed, until my journey to Angola early this year – on which I am going to speak this morning – I was largely unaware of it too.

For the mine is a stealthy killer. Long after conflict is ended, its innocent victims die or are wounded singly, in countries of which we hear little. Their lonely fate is never reported. The world, with its many other preoccupations, remains largely unmoved by a death roll of something like 800 people every month – many of them women and children. Those who are not killed outright – and they number another 1,200 a month – suffer terrible injuries and are handicapped for life. I was in Angola in January with the British Red Cross – a country where there are 15 million landmines in a population, Ladies and Gentlemen, of 10 million – with the desire of drawing world attention to this vital, but hitherto largely neglected issue.

Some people chose to interpret my visit as a political statement. But it was not. I am not a political figure. As I said at the time, and I’d like to re-iterate now, my interests are humanitarian. That is why I felt drawn to this human tragedy. This is why I wanted to play down my part in working towards a world-wide ban on these weapons. During my days in Angola, I saw at first hand three aspects of this scourge. In the hospitals of Luanda, the capital, and Huambo, scene of bitter fighting not long ago, I visited some of the mine victims who had survived, and saw their injuries. I am not going to describe them, because in my experience it turns too many people away from the subject. Suffice to say, that when you look at the mangled bodies, some of them children, caught by these mines, you marvel at their survival. What is so cruel about these injuries is that they are almost invariably suffered, where medical resources are scarce.

I observed for myself some of the obstacles to improving medical care in most of these hospitals. Often there is a chronic shortage of medicine, of pain killers, even of anesthetics. Surgeons constantly engaged in amputating shattered limbs, never have all the facilities we would expect to see here. So the human pain that has to be borne is often beyond imagining. This emergency medical care, moreover, is only the first step back to a sort of life. For those whose living is the land, loss of an arm or leg, is an overwhelming handicap which lasts for life. I saw the fine work being done by the Red Cross and other agencies to replace lost limbs. But making prostheses is a costly as well as a complicated business. For example; a young child will need several different fittings as it grows older. Sometimes, the severity of the injury makes the fitting of an artificial limb impossible. There are never enough resources to replace all the limbs that are lost.

As the Red Cross have expressed it: “Each victim who survives will incur lifetime expenses for surgery and prosthetic care totaling between 2,000 and 3,000.”

That is an intolerable load for a handicapped person in a poor country. That is something to which the world should urgently turn its conscience.

In Angola, one in every 334 members of the population is an amputee! Angola has the highest rate of amputees in the world. How can countries which manufacture and trade in these weapons square their conscience with such human devastation?

My third main experience was to see what has been done, slowly and perilously, to get these mines out of the earth. In the Kuito and Huambo region I spent a morning with small team from Halo Trust, which is training Angolans to work on the pervasive minefields and supervising their work. I speak of “our team” because men of the Mines Advisory group – or, in this instance, the Halo Trust – who volunteer for this hazardous work are usually former members of our own Services. I take this opportunity to pay my tribute to the work these men do on our behalf – the perils they encounter are not just confined to mines. Two members of the Mines Advisory Group team in Cambodia, Chris Howes and Houn Horth, were kidnapped by the Khmer Rouge a year ago and their fate is uncertain. We can only pray for their safe return.

Much ingenuity has gone into making some of these mines. Many are designed to trap an unwary de-miner. Whenever such tricky mines appear, the de-miner will call in one of the supervising team, who will then take over. That is what keeps their lives perpetually at risk. It might be less hazardous, I reflected, after my visit to Angola, if some of the technical skills used in making mines had been applied to better methods of removing them. Many of these mines are relatively cheap – they can be bought for 5 apiece, or less. Tracing them, lifting them, and disposing of them, costs far more – sometimes as much as a hundred times more.

Angola, is full of refugees returning after a long war. They present another aspect of this tragedy. The refugee turns towards home, often ignorant of conditions in his homeland. He knows of mines, but homeward bound, eagerness to complete the journey gets the better of him. Or he finds mines on what was once his land, and attempts to clear them. There were many examples of that in Angola. These mines inflict most of their casualties on people who are trying to meet the elementary needs of life. They strike the wife, or the grandmother, gathering firewood for cooking – They ambush the child sent to collect water for the family

I was impressed to see the work being done by many of the world’s agencies on “Mine Awareness”.” If children can be taught at school, if adults can be helped to learn what to do, and what not to do in regions that have been mined, then lives can be saved and injuries reduced.

There are said to be around 110 million mines lurking somewhere in the world – and over a third of them are to be found in Africa! Angola is probably more heavily mined than anywhere else, because the war went on for such a long time, and it invaded so much of the country. So that country is going to be infested with mines, and will suffer many more victims. And this brings me to one of the main conclusions I reached after this experience.

Even if the world decided tomorrow to ban these weapons, this terrible legacy of mines already in the earth would continue to plague the poor nations of the Globe. “The evil that men do, lives after them”

And so, it seems to me, there rests a certain obligation upon the rest of us

One of my objectives in visiting Angola was to forward the cause of those, like the Red Cross, striving in the name of humanity to secure an international ban on these weapons. Since them, we are glad to see, some real progress has been made. There are signs of a change of heart – at least in some parts of the world. For that we should be cautiously grateful. If an international ban on mines can be secured it means, looking far ahead, that the world may be a safer place for this generation’s grandchildren.

But for this generation in much of the developing world, there will be no relief, no relaxation the toll of deaths and injuries caused by mines already there, will continue.

This tracing and lifting of mines, as I saw in Angola, is a desperately slow business. So in my mind a central question remains. Should we not do more to quicken the de-miners’ work, to help the injured back to some sort of life, to further our own contribution to aid and development?

The country is enriched by the work done by its overseas agencies and non-governmental organizations who work to help people in Africa and Asia to improve the quality of their lives. Yet mines cast a constant shadow over so much of this work. Resettlement of refugees is made more hazardous. Good land is put out of bounds. Recovery from war is delayed. Aid workers themselves are put at risk. I would like to see more done for those living in this “no man’s land” which lies between the wrongs of yesterday and the urgent needs of today.

I think we owe it. I also think it would be of benefit to us, as well as to them. The more expeditiously we can end this plague on earth caused by the landmine, the more readily can we set about the constructive tasks to which so many give their hand in the cause of humanity?

 

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The People’s Princess – Princess Diana is the epitome of a servant leader

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In an age where the royal family of Great Britain ruled their kingdom from the luxuries of their throne, a princess emerged that would change the face of the royal family. Princess Diana was one of the most famous people in the world, named one of Times Magazine 100 Most Important People of the 20th century. She was known as the “people’s princess,” until tragically, she was killed in a car accident in 1997 that would lead to questions of: What made Princess Diana such an influential person? Why did 2.5 billion people view her funeral? How did she change the way her country viewed social issues that for centuries were seen as undesirable?

Princess Diana is the epitome of a servant leader. A “great leader is seen as a servant first, and the simple fact is the key to her greatness. What she is deep down inside”. In her effort to serve others, Princess Diana brought awareness of AIDS research and hunger awareness in impoverished countries, showed empathy towards people with leprosy when it was still seen as an untouchable disease, and fought against the use of land mines.

She exhibited the core traits of a servant leader, such as

  • Listening
  • Empathy
  • Healing
  • Awareness
  • Persuasion
  • Conceptualization
  • Foresight
  • Stewardship
  • Commitment to the growth of people and
  • Building community.

Former President Bill Clinton recapitulated her servant leader traits in a 1987 quote:

In 1987, when so many still believed that AIDS could be contracted through casual contact, Princess Diana sat on the sickbed of a man with AIDS and held his hand. She showed the world that people with AIDS deserve no isolation, but compassion and kindness. It helped change world opinion, and gave hope to people with AIDS with an outcome of saved lives of people at risk.”

Princess Diana had one of the largest followings in the world. She was known as the “people’s princess,” and by helping others was able to bridge the gap between the royal family and its constituents. Her followers’ development in social issues was a result of “the strength of the servant leadership movement and its many links to encouraging follower learning, growth and autonomy”.

During her reign, she was able to mobilize millions of people to change their views on AIDS and worked with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines that received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Princess Diana believed “everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back if only they had the chance”. She spread knowledge about social issues that led to the growth and strength of people groups that were otherwise overlooked by society.

There is a strong biblical relationship between charisma and servant leadership. Princess Diana was able to “empower her followers by enhancing their perceptions of self-efficacy and their confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles, by using verbal persuasion and verbal recognition, and by functioning as a role model” . The charismatic quality of Princess Diana’s “individual personality by virtue of which she is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at the least specifically exceptional qualities” . When Princess Diana visited the sick or oppressed, she was seen as extraordinary by her followers.

In defining Princess Diana as a servant leader, it is important to differentiate a servant leader from a transformational leader.

Servant leadership exceeds transformational leadership in two ways

  1. Its recognition of the leader’s social responsibilities to serve those people who are marginalized by a system
  2. Its dedication to followers needs and interests as opposed to those of their own or their organization” Princess Diana advocated for people who otherwise would not have a voice because of the social system that existed in the United Kingdom and dedicated herself to the mission of her followers and the people she served as opposed to her position as Princess of Wales.

Princess Diana was first a servant, than a leader. Her works as a servant compelled her to lead. “The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead”. Princess Diana’s legacy is left up to her followers to fulfill. As a servant leader, she provided the education and example to her followers, now it is up to them to live out her mission.

 

 

 

3 Differences between Managers and Leaders

Although at times it may appear that managers and leaders are similar in terms of how they implement ideas, key differences exist between these two forms of leadership that separate them. The three question test below will help you decide if you have made the shift from managing people to leading them.

Are You Counting Value or Creating Value?

Managers count value – they take count of the work their team has done, report upon their progress and are responsible for keeping them on schedule with the workflow required.

In contrast, leaders create value. They generate value over and above what the team alone is creating, designating tasks saying “I would like you to handle A, while I take care of B”. The leader is as much a value creator as his or her followers are. Leading by example and enabling people are the keystones of action-based leadership.

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Princess Diana pays her tributes to Nelson Mandela a few months before her death in 1997. Both Mandela and the Princess are visionary leaders remembered for their global influence.

Do You Have Circles of Influence or Circles of Power?

Managers have subordinates, leaders have followers. Managers create circles of power while leaders create circles of influence.

The quickest way to figure out which one you are doing is to count the number of people outside your reporting hierarchy who come to you for advice. The more that do, the more likely it is that you are perceived to be a leader.

Do You Leading People or Managing Work?

Management consists of controlling a group of people to reach a pre-determined goal. Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward an organization’s success. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control.

For a moment, consider great leaders in history. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela. All of these men walked shoulder to shoulder with their countrymen and inspired them to believe in their vision and dream. True leaders inspire people to convert their challenges into opportunities, and think beyond their problems to reach a shared goal. Take this article for what it’s worth, but hopefully you can use it to inspire your future actions with your team. You have to decide- do you want to be a leader or a manager? Choose and act accordingly.

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Mahatma Gandhi is remembered for his closeness to his people and followers. He spent hours among the people of India, talking to them and sharing his vision.