General Powell’s Perennial Rules

According to me, no leadership library is complete unless crowned with the classic book by General Colin Powell, It Worked for Me (Enhanced Edition): In Life and Leadership. I will go so far as to say that your library is deficient unless this book is present (and, of course, read and absorbed). I was originally gifted this book by a former leader who exemplified the … Continue reading General Powell’s Perennial Rules

Leadership must be based on Goodwill

“Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear… What we need for leaders are men of heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are … Continue reading Leadership must be based on Goodwill

Be on the Lookout for Ways to Help Others

Go here for a nice post on LinkedIn. The folks over at Leadership First always put out great posts in reference to leadership. Seek them out. Now let me add another side to this particular image. Certainly, when someone is being inappropriate, mean, rude, or belittling, you need not listen, unless it is your duty to do so. If it is your duty, then, as … Continue reading Be on the Lookout for Ways to Help Others

There are no innocent bystanders

There are no innocent bystanders. When wrong-doing occurs in this world, your silence is tacit approval. If you witness inappropriate behavior, wrong behavior, unjust behavior, Assist others Fix things Stop something that is wrong Mobilize yourself to intervene It’s not just so-called Protection Professionals who should be adopting a protector mindset. It is equally important for us all, as World Citizens, to walk about planet … Continue reading There are no innocent bystanders

The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments

Kindness is strength. This is so very true! One would find it difficult to source a better summary of strength of character (for anyone and especially leaders) than that of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I said difficult, but not impossible, as a book fit to sit directly next to The Meditations is It Worked for me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell. One … Continue reading The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments

A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched

Americans are traumatized by the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. As we should be. Take a look at Tess Mata. She is one of the victims of this tragedy. Take a good look at her. Note the innocence shining through her sweet smile. Sit with her in your imagination. Now ask yourself, “What can I do to help?” I propose for your consideration that … Continue reading A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched

When things change inside you, things change around you

Read and digest the concise message in the picture here. Many thanks to Connecticut Center for Mind-Body Enrichment, Inc for sharing this picture on LinkedIn. Click here to see their post that contained a brief and valuable narrative. The message in this picture above has relevance to America’s seeming inability to curtail its gun violence and active assailants/shooters. Stuck in our guns a ‘blazin intoxication, … Continue reading When things change inside you, things change around you

Create the Conditions Conducive to Better (less violent) Human Beings

Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) recognized early what Frederick Douglass (February 1817 or 1818 – February 20, 1895) later told us: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” We have yet, at least in the fields of Emergency Management and Law Enforcement, to realize that, until we greatly expand our vision of how to CHANGE (not simply manage) events such … Continue reading Create the Conditions Conducive to Better (less violent) Human Beings

Mobilize Yourself for Others

There are no innocent bystanders. When wrong-doing occurs in your presence, your silence is tacit approval. If you witness inappropriate actions, you must: Assist others. Fix something when it is going wrong. Stop something that is wrong. No matter what, tell the truth. LIFE needs people who adopt a protector mindset. One does NOT need to be a Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Security Officer, … Continue reading Mobilize Yourself for Others