Sunday, September 30, 2007

Isaiah 35:4

say to those with fearful hearts,
"Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you."

I read this a few days ago and was immediately hearing the words of the song from Bob Fitts;
Say to those who are fearful hearted, "do not be afraid,
the Lord your God is strong, with His mighty arm,
when you call on His name." He will come and save

He will come and save you, He will come and save you
Say to the weary one, "your God will surely come"
He will come and save you

I really appreciate that there are people who can take Scripture and put it to music for me. I hadn't thought of my time reading Scripture as a time of praise before.

The Puck

Notes from Enlightened Leadership.

"We must anticipate where the market is going and will be, not where it is or has been - we need to ask the right questions"

Powerful stuff - reminds me of a couple of Gretzky quotes;
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

So, where is the market going? If you're in mid-career and you have 20 years left until age-based retirement, which basket are you going to keep your eggs in for that time? What is the "safe, secure" marketplace for the next 20 years?

I'm not going to pretend that I know the answers to those questions.

I know the internet is going to be involved. I know that success is going to take excellence. I know that the marketplace will need leadership.

Beyond that, I know that there are people who know.

Decide who you're going to take advice from, then - follow their advice (now there's good advice that I should really take myself).

That first quote really has two parts - the second being - ask the right questions.

I've learned that our subconscious brain will go to work to answer any question we ask of it. Why don't my wife and I get along? - ask myself that and my brain will go to work and give me answers. Answers that won't necessarily help me to improve the situation. How can I demonstrate to my wife that I love her? - when my brain goes to work on that question, I can expect the improvements I am hoping for.

Ask the right questions!

Saturday, September 29, 2007


I've already started looking for feedback. I've realized I shouldn't need it. If you know what you're doing is right - that's all the feedback you need.

I'd love to know that others think highly of me and appreciate what I have to say, but my self worth comes from a much better source than that.

He has already provided all the feedback I need.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Have You Ever?

Have you ever borrowed something, a book for instance, from someone for so long that they forgot you had it? they even forgot it was theirs? and if it was a book, you had it so long that you thought "oh, I'm going to see AEP, and I still haven't read that book she lent me!"

So, I pulled the book off the shelf to scan through it, and found a few pages of notes. My handwriting! Notes for the whole book! So, I had read the book! When did I do that?

Have you ever had that kind of thing happen?

It was this book (posting of notes to follow);

Enlightened Leadership


I was having a "soapbox" kind of day yesterday. I even got an early start on it.

We had an old friend over for dinner, and I even got "called out" on it. She suggested that maybe I even like expressing my dissatisfaction with things.

It seems that people who have known you for a long time can see the habits and patterns that you don't see in yourself.

I think I need to put the action behind my words.

AEP, thanks for the "adjustment" (and the perspective).

Remember; leadership involves planned conflict against the status quo.