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Monday, October 23, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Follow The Leader)



 
Dear Hannah,

There's this school of thought that measures our leaders' effectiveness by factors like their number of followers, or our unflinching alignment with their opinions.

Both are misleading.

I measure a leader's effectiveness by that leader's service.

Not "what they do" for us or "the least of these", per se.

In these times, that service includes thought leadership more than ever.

Follow a leader's train of thought.


Love,


Daddy


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"LEarning (Follow The Leader)"
By Derrick Brown
8-19-2017

There's this school of thought that measures our leaders' effectiveness by factors like their number of followers, or our unflinching alignment with their opinions.

Both are misleading.

I measure a leader's effectiveness by that leader's service.

Not "what they do" for us or "the least of these", per se.

In these times, that service includes thought leadership more than ever.

Not telling us what to think, but establishing a standard of thoughtfulness that produces coherent, comprehensive positions AND guidance ... positions and guidance crafted with wisdom, discernment, love, and empathy - not opinions, emotions, myopia and agendas - then challenging us to meet that standard, too ... and possibly reach different conclusions!

So it's not about this mindless, sheep-to-shepherd "I will follow thee" mess.

It's more like "I hear where you are coming from ... I follow you and will rightly divide which way I go".

Follow this leadership train of thought ...

out in front of who?
better fall thru
who u lead's
all about
*how* they follow you

realizing vision
needs some revision
lots of relationship
a l'il less religion

a lot of decision
a little precision
couple of setbacks
head-on collision

peace takes time
heal that incision
be reconciled
don't multiply division

get that new addition
via subtraction
of all distraction
and inaction

put together fractions
put down factions
overreactions
infractions

make transactions
satisfactions
healthy attractions
wealthy extractions

don't be scared to fail
respect detail
every moment matters
so keep a paper trail

not to cover tail
but to tell the tale
posterity
keep it on the rail

we don't know the hour
that our manpower
reduces horsepower
taxes our brainpower

time for change is near
traditions we hold dear
begin each time that we're
bold enough to hear

sounds of falling reign
not that umbrella rain
the "term-in-office" reign
that's when it's time to rein

have 'em cop a squat
prepare to lead in thought
know how you think you ought
know when it's all for naught

that idea you brought?
man, I think nobody bought
please don't get caught
in fights already fought

that situation's wrought
webs tangled, taut
better shoot your shot
they yellin' "boycott"

looks like it can't be done?
look again, son
when compromise is done
everybody's won

check your desires, too
this ain't about u, boo
but something big and true
sittin' in the queue

know lessons learned
validate gettin' burned
just call it wisdom earned
class adjourned

I study leadership, and create mnemonic devices to help me remember my lessons in key stressful moments.

I used two in writing this rhyme - and also use them now more than ever to discern the strength and wisdom of our leaders ...

1. "Leaders "WISHDD" for courage and vision" - that is, leaders use the tools of courage, vision, wisdom, integrity, sincerity, humility, discipline, and decision to learn, grow, and function.

2. "Don't be jealous of a leader's FICA score - it was earned through testing". That reminds me that leaders are tested by jealousy, failure, impossible situations, compromise, and ambition.


About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

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