Garland's commentaries

My commentaries reflect my personal thoughts about leadership, building INPowering workplaces and communities, and developing the personal qualities that can help you become the INPowered individual who can make a difference.

It is my hope that these commentaries will INCourate your spirit, INLiven your heart, INLighten your mind, and INLarge your expectations of living.

Disruptions provoke renewal

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

056: A nation of laws—is it enough?

056: A nation of laws—is it enough?

  We pride ourselves in the United States as being a nation of laws. We are not an authoritarian state run by a strong man or a dictator. We do not settle our differences at the end of our fists or by shooting it out in the streets between waring...

051: We the People

051: We the People

  In this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I comment on what I believe are the three most important words of the U.S. Constitution. They form the premise of why we have the constitution.Our elected leaders, uniformed military, and...

050: I’m a Progressicon

050: I’m a Progressicon

  I am among the majority of Americans who are becoming increasingly more unsettled over the negative tone of political discourse. According to a Pew Research Center report (link below), 61% of Americans say respectful discourse is very important,...

015: My favorite heretic

015: My favorite heretic

  Heretics are non-conformists. They are outside-the-box thinkers who rub authorities and protectors of the status quo the wrong way. And we need them. In this episode of The Spirit of Leading I talk about some of the world's better known heretics...

014: Are leaders born or made?

014: Are leaders born or made?

  What exactly is . . . a born leader? In this episode of The Spirit of Leading podcast, I  explore the question, "Are leaders born or made?" Is leadership something learned, something innate with which you are born, or some combination of both? How...

012: Why motivation is not what  you think

012: Why motivation is not what you think

  Many people talk about what motivates them, but no one explains what motivation actually is. In this episode of the Spirit of Leading, I delve into the dynamics of motivation to understand how it works, and why. Some of the issues I discuss...

011: The power of your brand

011: The power of your brand

  A picture is worth a thousand words.  What’s the picture, or image, that others have of you? What do people say about you when you are not in their presence? In this episode of The Spirit of Leading I discuss the power of images, and why symbols...

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