From the monthly archives:

February 2011

Leadership

We live in a threatening world.

A quick scan of recent headlines has world leaders threatening other governments… other governments threatening their own people… and global warming threatening us all.

We have judges threatening out-of-control celebrities… out-of-control celebrities threatening their producers… and advertisers threatening the networks for threatening the out-of-control actors who are threatening to trash the brand.

What goes around, comes around.

We have a President in Washington, D.C. threatening members of his own party who don’t toe the line… we have teachers in Wisconsin threatening chaos in the classroom and the Capital… and a Governor threatening layoffs of public employees if the opposing Senators who left the state make good on their own threats to stay away indefinitely.

The House of Representatives is threatening a government shutdown… OPEC is threatening higher oil prices… and banks are threatening foreclosure on millions of American homes.

We hear of threats to our children’s education… threats to Grandma’s health care… and threats to our society’s moral conscience.

Quick question… can we stop with the threats, please?

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Soon, but first…

In the business world, inept managers are threatening employees… vision-less employees are threatening the management or each other… and a toxic corporate culture is threatening the very survival of tens of thousands of companies today.

And in far too many families, husbands and wives threaten each other… parents threaten children… and the Weather Channel threatens to ruin our weekend!

“Oh my, did you hear about the terrible storm that’s on the horizon?”

No I didn’t… now please go away.

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I’m not much of a fan of threats, whether heavy or hollow… real or imagined.

I don’t think they accomplish much, with the possible exception of using them to provide cover and deflect blame, as in, “It’s your own fault, I warned you…”

Yeah, whatever.

Most often, I see threats as tools used to manipulate… period. And the truth is that most people don’t like to be manipulated very much.

When I was a kid, there was a familiar saying that asked, “Is that a threat or a promise?”

Today there is a saying I like much better, “Just do it.”

If the right thing do is X… then do X.
If you must do Y… then do Y.

But if the truth is that it is B and S, then just stop.

Yes, I like that too… “Just stop it.”

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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VisualPanic

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The Problem With Luck…

by Steve Buelow

Leadership

A successful friend of mine likes to say that the harder she works… the luckier she gets.

Another friend says that he’s always been lucky… lucky that he’s not lazy, that is.

As for me, well… you know I just don’t put much stock in luck.

In fact, I guess I sorta feel the same way about luck as I do about coincidence, and we’ve talked about that many times before.

Simply put, I believe that most things happen for reasons… some of which we understand… and others which we don’t.

Most of the time, luck can easily be traced to factors such as cause and effect, healthy thought and work habits, or respecting either natural or spiritual laws of success.

You know, like…

What goes around comes around.
You get what you give.
As you sow, you will reap.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.

All that.

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Oh… and then there’s this.

You see, I believe another problem exists for those who trust in luck… and that is that luck leaves no room for Providence.

“Providence…” you say. “My mother was from Providence!”

Yeah, so was mine… Providence, Rhode Island… but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the kind of Providence that has our Creator working (often tirelessly) in the lives of the created… in other words, for the benefit of you.

And (thankfully) me.

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Okay, so now I can just hear the questions…

So do you really believe God is involved?
Are you from the Middle Ages?
What if you won the lottery?
Why would God care if you won the lottery?

My answer…

There are some things we just don’t know, like why did God care who won the Superbowl this year… but obviously He did, didn’t He!!!

Go Pack! :)

Sorry, I digress… what was the question again?

Oh, yes… wouldn’t I agree that winning the lottery would be considered a matter of luck, and alas… I would not.

Crazy worldview though you may think it… I actually believe that, no matter the odds, if God wants me to win the lottery my chances hover at right around… oh, I’d say… 100%.

And if He doesn’t, well… I guess it’s about 0%.

Hmmm… come to think of it, the odds on the Wisconsin lottery are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1:186 Bazillion… or, right about 0%, I’d say.

So, I suppose I’ll buy a ticket and leave it up to Him.

And in the meantime… I’ll work my tail off for my Causes and my Purposes, my Vision and my Mission… and we’ll see how lucky we get there.

 

I appreciate your prayers… no need to wish me luck.

 

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idovermani

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