Leader Dilemma: Follower Fear and Future Uncertainty

People have needs. Needs are central to life. Unfulfilled needs create motivation and people are willing to do anything if their needs become extreme. What would you be willing to do for food or water if you were trapped in the desert? I bet you can’t imagine what you would truly do because it’s too scary.

We live in times of fear and uncertainty. Do all current situations create uncertainty? Were times uncertain 20 years ago? 50 years ago? 200 years ago? Humans are incapable of predicting the future. Did you know where you would be today – five (5) years ago? Think about it. How different was your prediction and your reality? You’re not alone.

Predicting tomorrow is a blind role of the dice at best, and the variables that are within our control are mostly ignored or treated with negligence. Unfortunately, our humanness directs us to make poor choices that change our future trajectory. We have two choices: either take responsibility for impulsive choices or blame others for the position we find ourselves in. The latter is the broadcasted voice because those voices are louder than ours. We choose to take responsibility because that is the only way forward.

People complain… A lot. “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” In other words, people learn that if they complain, they will get a reward in exchange for their silence. People learn that complaining is a way to get others to provide for their needs. This creates a culture of negativity and entitlement. This slippery slope needs to be identified and handled properly before a point of no return is created. Can we trust the invisible hand concerning these devices? Laissez-faire leadership will not suffice and real changes need to be made to appease the public appeal. The million dollar questions are, what and how?

Why are the rich given all the benefits? Why should they have the finer things in life? We all believe that we should be rich and indulge in finer things. Well, all of us do deserve it. People should have the right to enjoy the utmost satisfaction available. The consequential catch is, we have to earn satisfaction or it has to be earned for us. Either we receive satisfaction as a gift or we have to use our unique human ability to think out solutions that create satisfaction.

Anyone could be within the 15% tax bracket if they really wanted it – All though it is easier for some than for others. There are more millionaires today than ever before. Some take action and some don’t. Some choose instant gratification and some delay. Choices have consequences and not everyone makes choices that support the long-term perspective. We should take responsibility, face reality, and take proper action (not everyone does). Those who don’t choose wisely, complain about what they don’t have, and what others have.

I have seen both sides of the financial equation and understand the struggle to escape the rat race… it can be done. People come from other countries, don’t know the language, postpone gratification, work hard, and become wealthy. Others are born wealthy. Regardless, in America, the opportunity exists. Success requires a relentless pursuit of knowledge, personal and professional development, and a positive mental attitude that develops solutions that impact long-term development.

It is human to fear the unknown and tomorrow is a statistical uncertainty. However, there is a solution. We control what happens tomorrow, with the choices we make today. Nevertheless, we do not control other’s actions. The existing culture and reward system dictate mass behavior and we look to our leaders for guidance. We look to our system for protection and security. We want to believe in our leaders and have faith that the greater good is their main objective and focus.

Our leaders are our representatives and need to conduct themselves with honor and dignity. America has a trust issue. Trust promotes development and lack of trust promotes a decline. We need our leaders to end the trail of deceit left by corrupt individuals who chose immediate gratification and damaged all preceding interconnected relationships.

Distancing the dishonorable actions of past leaders is the appropriate step in regaining public trust and overcoming uncertainty. Public leaders take on a greater responsibility and have more weight to bear because they’re a symbol of our self-identification. Unfortunately, public leaders will always be scrutinized regardless of genuine self-less leadership and need to be aware of the repercussions before accepting these incredibly stressful and fulfilling positions.

These valuable few leaders are not concerned with immediate gratification. Rather, their legends live on and their service to humanity is forever enshrined in stories told to future generations.

My writings are intended to raise awareness and enhance the lives we live. Half my life has been spent learning these insights and sharing is an attempt to improve and touch your life, the lives of others you touch, and on.

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35 Greatest Leadership Quotes of All-Time from the World’s Greatest Leaders

Leadership Quotes —                                        Greatest Leadership Quotes of all-time

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change” — Charles Darwin

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”  — Abraham Lincoln

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter F. Drucker
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” — Jack Welch

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” —Vince Lombardi

“It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead — and find no one there.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” — Nelson Mandela

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” — Warren G. Bennis

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” — Warren G. Bennis

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.” — Tom Peters

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  — William James

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.” — Warren Bennis

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don’t act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end.” – Bill Gates

“Kindness is more powerful than compulsion.” – Charles Schwab

“Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste death but once.” — William Shakespeare

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.” – John D. Rockefeller

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

“It takes character and control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

“Leadership is the lifting of a man’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a man’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a man’s personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker

“The best leaders are the best note-takers, best askers and best learners – They are shameless thieves” — Tom Peters

“The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.” — Robert K. Greenleaf

What is the key to success?  – “Never . . . Never . . . Never . . . Never Give Up” — Winston Churchill

 There you have it, the quotes that still inspire, said by some of the greatest leaders of all-time. “There is a leader in all of us. To release your inner leadership strength, there has to be a need and an opportunity. There is always an opportunity to be the leader of your life, and the role of leader is not reserved for legends. These quotes come from individuals like us, who were once babies, received nurture, mentoring, and an opportunity that fulfilled an inner desire that propelled them to leadership lore. These are the leaders that are well-known and have left a legacy through words and stories. Other great leaders are unsung by society and leave an ever-lasting impact through the people they have touched. Our mothers, fathers, and the sacrifices embraced by our unnamed ancestors have blazed the path that we travel today. We lead with our actions and that creates the environment of tomorrow. We all take responsiblity and we all take the blame…we are all leaders.”

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7 Areas of Limitation in Career Development

  1. Limited Self-Belief and Lack of Self-Esteem

As career professionals, we generally underestimate our own abilities and attribute a greater degree of efficiency and aptitude to others. This limiting belief holds career development back from achieving its full potential. Professionals who desire career advancement need to understand that their abilities match up competitively with others in their field. Developing self-belief and self-esteem are the first steps for successful self-representation. Confidence is contagious and easily identified.

  1. Self-Defeating Behaviors

Everyone has habits, some good and some bad. Bad habits interfere with career development. Saying inappropriate things or making improper gestures at the wrong time does not present itself favorably with co-workers, bosses, or gatekeepers. Behaviors develop reputations that precede professional engagements. Judgments are passed based on previous work behaviors and rumors are spread that illuminate this perceived flaw. Stress and fatigue contribute to less than desirable behavior and being aware of other’s reactions is a tell sign that should alert us to keep or replace enacted behaviors.

  1. Uninformed about Steps and Techniques Needed for Progression and Advancement

Most workers find themselves doing repetitive tasks and wonder why they’re not advancing. Some people are satisfied doing the ordinary, but not you (or you wouldn’t be wasting your time reading this). Ask questions – how did she move up so fast? What did she do? How did she do it? Who was her contact? Here are 7 steps that can be implemented right away and possibly the missing element needed for your promotion: 1. Create relationships 2. Be early, leave late 3. Do more than asked 4. Tell everyone how great your boss is 5. Support other departments 6. Ask for more work and do it 7. Ask for a promotion. If you don’t accept just getting by then you will advance. Ultimately, the blame for our failure or success rests on our shoulders and we need to identify the sequential steps to meet our needs regardless of how difficult these steps could be.

  1. Misaligned Goals and Values

Goals and values are not the same thing. However, negative effects are felt when they are not in sync. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is that really where you want to be? What do you value most in life? Does that goal align with your most important value? When goals and values are aligned, there is an aura of synergy that is created, jubilance in work follows, new energy is created, positive momentum is created, and a resounding vigor is experienced. Do you feel a weight on your shoulders? Maybe your goals and values are in misalignment. What quick change could you make to have the two roads meet?

  1. Lack of Self-Awareness concerning Strengths, Knowledge, and Abilities (KSAs)

Never underestimate your education and life experience. Most people do. We all have strengths, but not all of us take the time and put in the effort needed to make innate strengths into abilities. Not knowing your strengths can limit your development for the long-term. What do you enjoy doing? What do you do without any effort? Where do you get the most compliments from others? We all have life experiences that shape our behaviors and attitudes. These life lessons are not learned or experienced by everyone. We learn by doing. It is common to underestimate our knowledge. We assume that others know the same things and others have had similar experiences. This is not the case. We share similar experiences within cultures, but the overall picture for each individual is unique. We are all different in our own ways and have something valuable to add to the conversation. Never underestimate your value.

  1. Inability to Communicate Effectively

Did you ever hear of the game “telephone”? A message is whispered from one player to the next and the message heard by the last player is always completely different from the original message. The biggest problem in today’s fast paced, over-worked, and over-informed environment is the inability to communicate effectively. As an author or writer, one learns to write as if the audience does not know anything. On the other hand, when we speak or write, we generally accept that our audience has a basic understanding of the topic. The error in communication lies in not clearly providing the message as it is intended. Critical points are excluded to maximize time, but those points need to be filled in by the audience receiving the message. This misunderstanding leads to crucial errors and ultimately destroys more time than was initially saved. Take the time to communicate your message clearly and effectively in the first place and save yourself the headache of having to clean up the associated errors.

  1. Lack of Leveraging Networks and Relationships

The general belief is that our closest friends and family are the only ones who would help us in times of need. Studies on social networking suggest that this is completely wrong. Your external network is willing to help and you need to leverage the benefits. Loose connections seem to provide greater benefits and they find greater opportunities that your immediate network could never realize. The power of your external network exists in its positioning which is completely outside your immediate network’s reach. Ask for support and probe your distant network to see how they can support your career development. People are willing to help. It’s our nature. Your external network could provide the needed boost that will take your career to the next level. If your distant network is limited then you need to create an action plan for cultivating connections. In today’s globalized and interconnected economy, competition is high, and relationships are gold. Ultimately, this works because of reciprocity and the genuine character of our kind. When you get the opportunity, pay it forward because what goes around comes around.

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Leadership Rules: Is there an Unfair Advantage in MMA?

Anderson Silva & Chael Sonnen will meet in the center of the octagon to compete in hand-to-hand combat to declare a winner of their highly anticipated rematch.

There are no weapons used in MMA. Each fighter has to meet a specific weight to compete with determined fairness.

But, is the fight really fair?

Do the two competitors have equal advantages?

Any created advantage in the octagon can heavily tip the tides of the fight and put the opponent’s safety in jeopardy. Leadership has for decades seen to the safety of prize fighters, and sports in general, has encountered corruption involving illegal drugs for quite some time.

Are the athletes to blame or are leadership councils allowing unfair advantages to occur in order to boost ratings, attraction, fan base, and revenue?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is used as an aid to increase the decreasing levels of testosterone in older athletes. As we age, our youth declines and our performance is reduced. Addressing this natural decline with testosterone aids such as TRT reestablishes youth in the aging fighter.

Is this an unfair advantage?

The natural advantage of age is experience.

The natural advantage of youth is energy and vigor.

There is no way to provide experience synthetically to a younger fighter. Providing anti-aging benefits to older fighters gives them an unfair advantage over their inexperienced counterpart.

From a competitor’s point of view, addressing the performance gap created by declining testosterone levels will increase performance, boost popularity because of success in the octagon, and increase financial income. Anyone in that position with that much to gain will 99 times out of 100 choose TRT. TRT is allowed in MMA and there is no reason for an aging fighter not to replenish their system in order to compete at a higher level.

Athletes are not to blame for making the allowed choice of addressing their weaknesses.

Leadership needs to acknowledge the disadvantages that are presented to the younger fighter and make a difficult choice concerning which are more important:

The immediate gain in popularity from continuing the legacy of older fighters by way of performance enhancements or allowing MMA to apply Olympic style testing that will allow natural competition and decrease the unfair advantages seen by younger fighters when entering the octagon against synthetically enhanced veterans.

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Incredible Firework Celebration at Great Adventure – 13 minutes of energy – Best Ever!!

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Fireworks #1 (Photo credit: Camera Slayer)

Sharing the incredible firework show I witnessed last night at Six Flags Great Adventure. 13 minutes of the best firework show I have ever seen. It was better than the Macy’s firework show and wanted to share the energy. Enjoy!!
Don’t mind the blank frame – there is 13 minutes of incredible firework celebration.

Identifying Visionary Leadership on the 4th of July

The 4th of July, a day in history that presented the U.S. Declaration of Independence and changed the face of the world forever. The magnanimous courage expressed by the founding fathers was simply extraordinary. Opposed by a superior force and committed to an “all or nothing” strategy that yearned for independence. The 4th of July represents a true uniting vision that stimulated a resounding victory which has led to inspiring billions of people to have faith and courage in the face of fear. The 4th of July is a trademark of freedom and a symbol of visionary leadership that is constantly recognized and praised throughout the world.

The culmination of great minds who seen a healthier future and understood the consequences decided to take a leap of faith. Signing the Declaration of Independence sent a clear message that Americans were going to fight for Independence at all costs. The 4th of July was a day where Americans declared a war on tyranny and provided the foundation for democracy.

The unique system that was crafted beginning back in the late 1700s has stood the test of time and has been a blueprint for successful democracy. The future is unknown as it was back on this day in 1776, but our forefathers provided a design for leadership success that guides us further into the future.

  1. Make a meaningful decision that has a greater meaning than the self in mind and that has a greater call to action than one can imagine.
  2. Never relent on your vision and continue to improve the road to victory as you travel.
  3. Understand that tomorrow has to be improved upon by acting today.
  4. Lead with courage and integrity against all adversity.
  5. Hold with confidence in the face of fear and uncertainty.
  6. Craft a message that is beyond our years and reverberates with people in the future.
  7. Form partnerships with others who have an ability to contribute to the mission.

Leadership is about inspiring action and enabling others to draw their own design that aligns with the overall vision. Leadership is about creating vision that clearly identifies a better future and allows others to view the grand reconstructed beauty. The value of great leadership is priceless and the accomplishments forecasted by our forefather’s vision still echoes of intense commitment heard around the world.

We live today to nurture the visualization of freedom, independence, and democracy. The words crafted into the U.S. Constitution are the foundation of democracy and govern the laws that protect our freedoms. The incredible advances over the past 100+ years hold homage to the vision declared on the 4th of July in 1776. Let us celebrate what so many willingly gave their lives to develop and protect. Freedom.

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We NEED Ethical Leadership

GlaxoSmithKline to pay 3 billion in fines for bribing MDs to prescribe and illegally promote Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia where it was not regulated by the FDA and withheld research showing adverse effects (i.e. stroke).
MDs need to be held responsible for prescribing and endangering patients lives when they knew of the consequences.
Medical licenses should be stripped.
MDs take the Hippocratic oath and it doesn’t state that they should endanger people for their own financial gain.
**We all knew this was happening and now here is the proof.
Here is the Link to the full story in the Chicago Tribune: http://alturl.com/a87so
These are the problems at the top that are trickling down.
When leadership is corrupt, companies and followers crash and burn.
We need ethical leadership.
Collateral damage in the name of individual wealth is unacceptable.
We need accountability and transparency.
Checks and balances, oaths and laws, trust and integrity, are foundational and need to be leveraged for the greater good.
This is a prime example of why leadership is extremely valuable and important.
Crash and burn or survive and thrive? I know what Leadership I want to follow.

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