068: Do you have itching ears?

068: Do you have itching ears?

068: Do you have itching ears?

Everyone is susceptible to being scammed. Even the smartest people can be fooled. President Lincoln is attributed with saying, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” However, there is no evidence that he said those words as much as we would like to believe he did. It just sounds like something we think he might say.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss the reason we might be inclined to believe falsehoods and fabrications. It has to do with the fact that we want to hear what validates us or promises us what we want. In either case, it’s because we have itching ears.

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067: Disruptions provoke renewal

067: Disruptions provoke renewal

067: Disruptions provoke renewal

The history of the world is a history of disruptions. We human beings like predictability that gives us a sense of safety. We like to know what’s going to happen next so we can prepare for it. Disruptions throw us into a state of panic as chaos swirls around us.

But disruptions provoke a necessary renewal of the status quo by throwing it into chaos to shake us out of our ruts. It’s in the middle of this disruptive chaos that things get interesting and we adapt in ways we might not have thought possible.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss why disruption is necessary and healthy for our continued survival. I share some examples and offer a perspective that disruption provides renewal. And that’s a good thing.

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065: Disruption, chaos, and creativity

065: Disruption, chaos, and creativity

065: Disruption, chaos, and creativity

Chaos theory holds that systems tend to entropy toward an eventual state of unpredictability and chaos from which new patterns emerge. However, there is no way to predict what those new patterns will be. The possibilities are endless.

The status quo is an illusion because everything changes. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I discuss this phenomenon and how our current experience with the COVID-19 outbreak is an example of disruption and the potential new systems that might emerge on the other side of dealing with it.

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064: Joy to your world

064: Joy to your world

064: Joy to your world

The news has always been filled with stories of conflict and doom. We get a false impression that danger lurks around every corner, that bad things are common, and that we don’t have much hope for the future. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I speak to the joy that surrounds us and why it is important that we open our eyes to see it as it happens.

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062: Ethics, Morality, and Law

062: Ethics, Morality, and Law

062: Ethics, Morality, and Law

Who’s to say what’s right or wrong? Is that the role of religion, the legal justice system, theologians, philosophers? Who? Culture is just the sum total of the behaviors we will allow. What will we allow, and who decides?

With lawyers arguing on behalf of the President of the United States that the President is absolutely above the law and cannot be held accountable for anything, one wonders how far that precedent goes. Maybe our society is getting approval and permission from the top to delve into one big ethical free for all.

What is the relationship between laws, ethics, and morals? Which holds us to the appropriate standard? In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast, I consider those relationships and offer some thoughts on how we might think about each of those elements of the larger question of what will govern our actions and what culture we will become.

060: The truth of horizons and heavens

060: The truth of horizons and heavens

060: The truth of horizons and heavens

Relative truth is what we experience as truth as we observe it. Each of us has a vantage point (perspective). Imagine standing still near a railroad track. A speeding train approaches and starts to sound its horn. At first, the pitch of the horn is low, and it gets higher, and louder, as the train approaches then lower as it passes. Is there something in the horn that causes it to change pitch? No. The horn blows at a consistent frequency, say 100 Hz. The only time you hear the most exact pitch is when the train passes you. The farther the train horn is from you the lower it sounds because the distance between the sounds waves gets closer together as the horn approaches and farther apart as the train moves past. You might know this as the Doppler effect.

In this episode of the Spirit of Leading, I discuss truth in relation to the vantage point of the individual observer in relation to the larger truth, its context. It reminds us that any truth we experience must be considered in its large context, and they must support each other. Think of applications of this principle as you listen.

059: Practical idealism: not a pie in the sky

059: Practical idealism: not a pie in the sky

059: Practical idealism: not a pie in the sky

Are idealists merely dreamers, hoping for pie in the sky? Do hardnosed pragmatists always have to win out with their winner-take-all attitude?

In this installment of The Spirit of Leading podcast I take the position that idealism has a very practical application. Idealism applies to all aspects of our life in which we have a vision of the perfect state. I also believe our idealism is an important element of our moral and ethical fabric.

Idealists populate every generation. Dreamers are never alone, but sometimes their dreams are scoffed at by those who have something to lose if those dreams come true. 

058: The language of leadership

058: The language of leadership

058: The language of leadership

Given the current political climate in the United States, political discourse, and the way politicians speak and act, has risen to the front of public consciousness. We seem to be at a loss of how to respond to this language of belittlement, alternate facts, and political visciousness. Are we to accept it as a new normal?

In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast I offer my take on the language of leadership—a way of speaking that addresses our better angels and invites us to elevate our discourse and reward those who do.

Watch the YouTube presentations of two past Presidents as they inspired and challenged us during their inaugral speeches.