Failure

The Real Reason for our Failures

The Late (and very Great) Dallas Willard had this perceptive insight.

Now let us try a subversive thought.
Supose our failures occur,
not in spite of what we are doing,
but precisely because of it.
 
(The Divine conspiracy, pp. 40)

There are times when we fail because we have a great vision, great strategy, great tactics and we simply fall short in implementing them. They would really work well, if we just did them. This is where "turning the flywhell" (Jim Collins) is helpful. We know what to do and how to do it. We must simply KEEP DOING IT until it begins to generate the desired results.

If only it were always that easy.

Willard reminds us that it is not always that easy.

Who Needs a Fresh Start?

and you are positioned to make it possible...

I was out for lunch yesterday. From time to time I go out to do some work. Every now and then I need a different atmosphere to think and write. So I drove over to my "go-to" Chinese buffet. I usually go late in the lunch hour so the crowd is small. I walked in and as the hostess led me to a table, there was an acquaintance I had not seen for several months. He lit up when he saw me, waved me over and asked me to sit down and join him.

I recognize divine redirects when they happen, so I did. No sooner do I sit down and he says, "I can't believe you walk in. God brought you here." It turns out he almost never goes to that restaurant. He was on his way to work... went out of his normal routine and there we were.

Thomas Carlyle on Making Mistakes

It is a fact of life. There is nothing you can do about it.
You are going to fail. You will fall short. You will make mistakes. You will stumble in your work. You will err. You will take wrong turns. I have had some doozies. I have fallen and fallen hard. Wham - flat on the face. And that is not just ancient history many years old. I am thinking about this past week! 

Failure is not the failure...unless you fail to learn from the failure. Failing is part of the learning process. That is not the problem.

The Reluctant Leader

I was working on one of the articles in the new Invitation to Leadership volume that is the first volume in our series of book to develop leaders. The theme was: 

The Reluctant Leader.  

Here is a little bit of that article:

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