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Leaders – Let a Child Be Your Leader

Posted by on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

As a leader, have you ever wondered if you are really doing the right thing in certain situations? When in doubt, ask yourself “Which of my potential decision choices in this situation would set the best example for children? When elected officials are in office to perform certain important functions and neglect those functions, or fail to perform those functions at a world-class leadership level, and with total integrity, especially when they decide to focus on issues other than for which they were elected – what kind of example does this set for children? Do they want children to learn

This past month, I attended a funeral, which had a profound effect on me.  It was for a former childhood friend whose life was cut short by a sudden illness.  I arrived early and watched a diverse group of people arrive to pay their final respects – young, old, mom, dad, extended family, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, teammates and college friends.  I had no idea that he had touched so many people in a mere 40 years.

When the service began, I could not help by reflect on the many positive experiences he and I shared together as kids.  I actually

Leadership is something that can be learned. It’s not easy but possible, especially when the energy and desire is strong. Some people in leadership positions, especially when they are relatively fresh in the role, wonder how they can become better leaders. Where do you go, what do you read, who do you ask for help? The other circumstance for those who are at it a while longer is the frustration or lack of satisfaction you get when things don't work the way they should or you expect them to. There is a fundamental tendency to look for outside causes or

Give Them What They Want

Posted by Les Lent on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

There are five critical factors your sales professionals are looking for in their career. Ideally, the company provides them. As a Sales Manager you can certainly provide the first four!


Top sales professionals want to be respected by their managers, their company and their peers. They make all the right moves to earn it. They lead the way in production, professionalism and drive. As their manager, how do you show respect?


To sales professionals recognition is like oxygen. They need to be recognized for their contributions, both for the the tangible contributions to the organizations’ profit and growth—the

Gary Klein ad Sidney W. A. Dekker are two very fascinating persons.  Gary Klein (Klein Associates, runs a research group that specializes in decision-centered solutions.  That is, his company researches human factors as causal constituents for decisions.  His approach to cognitive science is distinctively anthropological.

Klein’s book, “Sources of Power:  How People Make Decisions” is based on an approach called recognition-primed decision (RPD) making.  From this approach the thesis is generated that it is cumulative experience that allows experts to perform similarity analysis without prolonged deliberation.  His book is filled with interviews with persons from different situations and his own personal

Research data suggests that the role of a father in the life of the child is highly important.  The research data suggests that an optimal developmental environment for the child mandates the father.  One of the main reasons why the role of the father has become a subject science research is the rise of youth violence.

The social engineers and proponents who once touted the minimal value of the role of the father have been forced to reexamine the societal contribution of the father.  Kyle Pruett, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, reports on the

Spiritual Strip Mining

Posted by Dr. Josiah Rich on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

Strip mining was/is the obscenely monstrous practice of gouging into the bowels of the Earth for certain resources for which there are market demands.  There are huge demands for such resources because markets were credited for their innsatiable consumption.  Hence, the beastial term ‘consumer’ is applied to these economic ciphers.

The grand Inquisitor by Dostoevski is a brilliant and dark prophetic work of foreboding insight into the schemes of a few men to manipulate and control the lives of others.  Their manipulative designs are completely self-serving and they employ the most ‘compassionate’ and deflective rhetoric in order to hide their real

It was within the pages of an old book by today’s standards entitled, “Where the Wasteland Ends:  Politics and Transcendence in Postindustrial Society,” by Theodore Roszak, that I read about William Blake’s ‘Urizen.’  Urizen is a Zoa or a creative power.  Urizen is from the Greek word horizein which means “to limit, bound, restrict; also Your Reason.”   Urizen is single vision: functional logicality, that which divides up, limits, draws lines-the dominant Zoa of scientized culture, the Zoa that rules modern society.  His sign is in “the Starry Wheels’: law, logic, inexorable order:  the world-machine.”

Roszak writes that, ” Urizen

Character Crisis

Posted by Dr. Josiah Rich on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

Character is a very interesting word.  There is a Latin form of the word [L. character], and a Greek form of the word [charakter, from charassein, engrave].  Character is a description of the traits or qualities of a person.

I seem to remember a bellicose voice in recent political history stating that ‘character’ doesn’t matter.   That was indeed a fascinating attempt to deflect and disarm the warrant of a tenacious situation.  Moreover it was a specious attempt to introduce a dialectic of moral relativism into a vacuous moral dualism.

We live in a time when the national character is

Spark Plug Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog

When I was sixteen years old, I bought my first car.  It was a 1966 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.  The interior was blood red and the exterior paint was white.  It had a huge gas tank and a huge engine.  It burned so much gas that when riding around town with my buddies, we would just ride from gas station to gas station.  Of course, gasoline was only twenty-eight cents per gallon and I was earning $1.74 per hour working at the local grocery store.  So, ride in the big, comfortable “Caddy” I did. 

Now this car