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Poem: Arms of Time

Time is a gift. When we share it with others, we are giving them something very precious to us. Sometimes drops of inspiration enter my ears and allow me to tap into the palette of the universe even for just a moment. This poem came to me when I was thinking about history, the repetition of humanity’s mistakes as well as successes, and how our time seems more limited. Now this is not to say we don’t have enough time. Many people who are busy tend to say, “I don’t have time,” but as long as we’re breathing and alive, we still have time. We can always bring more positivity, gratitude, and love with every moment that we live. Let us not take for granted every second that we are given.

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Giver and Receiver: A cyclical relationship

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The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann is a fun and helpful read, especially during times when we think about how we might improve our work and ourselves. Although we have heard it said that we should strive for a ‘win-win’ situation (meaning there is a tangible benefit for all who are involved), we have to wonder if at times this pattern of thinking becomes another manifestation of our own selfishness. On one level, win-win seems closer to being a matcher, someone who “keeps an even balance of give and take.” (see Adam Grant’s description)

A genuine giver, on the other hand, is someone who is not really looking for a win-win situation; rather he/she gives for the sake of giving, adding value to people’s lives, and spreading goodness throughout the world. It does not matter if he/she receives anything in return. As Wharton professor Adam Grant found out, givers tend to be more successful in the long run.

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What Can Leaders Learn from Rashōmon(羅生門)?

Rashōmon (羅生門), one of 黒澤明 /Kurosawa Akira’s exceptional movies, is based on 芥川龍之介 /Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s short story “In the Grove” (藪の中). I first watched it in a film studies course where we analyzed the use of lighting, camera angles, music, and structure of the film to understand how they underscore the themes of equality, truth, and hope in post-war Japan. A few years later, I encountered the film in a leadership course. Seen from a leadership perspective, the movie takes on a new meaning. The dynamics of the film were no longer ideas to be analyzed and entertained for the sake of discussion; they had visible consequences for an individual and an organization. Rashōmon challenges leaders to handle the complex nature of truth and the truth about human nature not within the confines of a film, but in the unpredictable course of life.

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What does it mean to be a Christian and to follow Jesus Christ/Yeshua?

Christ Crowned With Thorns (1621-22) by Dirck van Baburen

The Christian mandate to love your enemies is one of the hardest to follow, especially in our chaotic world that is escalating in more confusion and hate. The global events during these past two decades have prompted me to reflect more deeply about the meaning of being a ‘Christian’ and what makes Christianity unique among other worldviews.

The term ‘Christian’ is loaded with a mixture of misconceptions and has incurred examples of ‘unChristian’ and hypocritical behavior. Despite the different denominations and viewpoints, what is crucial to keep in mind is that the heart of what we call Christianity is the person known as Jesus Christ/Yeshua, who I believe is God incarnate and that He rose from the dead. [Check out some of the resources on this debate at the end of this post.] To truly follow Christ is to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15) and walk in humility and love even (and especially) amidst trials and persecution.

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Leaders, Heightened Consciousness, and Heavy Choices

One of the more recent realizations that I had about leadership was the responsibility of leaders to raise everyone’s level of consciousness. It is another way of saying that leaders will open up competing views of reality and ‘truth’ and ideally equip the team to make the most informed decision about certain issues. With heightened consciousness comes the realization that there are choices and each one carries consequences. To what extent this consciousness is raised depends on the leader’s own level of awareness and capability to ‘wake’ people up. Leaders have to be lifelong learners and continually build their understanding about the DNA of ultimate reality in order to select which lessons to emphasize and pass on to the team. Continue reading “Leaders, Heightened Consciousness, and Heavy Choices”

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Why ‘Design’ Your Future

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“Consequences are bound to the choices you make. You can have your choice, but you cannot choose your consequence.” – Ravi Zacharias

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The power of our choices is one of the most important lessons that I learned from my parents. As I was growing up I was taught to be mindful of my choices since they have consequences. Our choices build our character and influence people in ways that we may not always understand. Through our choices, we affect relationships and how our future unfolds.

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