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The Struggle


It is not an exaggeration to say that on a daily basis, as I interact with people, issues of Self-Awareness (and its ABSENCE) are at work. 

Behind my brief thoughts in this post, are some of my deepest understandings of the nature of our humanity and our experience of life.

 

There is wrongness in the world. There is evil within us and around us. There are dark forces of existence that resist what is Good, Beautiful and True.

 

The Glut of Social Media


. . . Help I am Drowning

Did you ever play the game Trivial Pursuit? You probably already know where I am going with this. The idea of Information Overload is one of the facts of life today.

Social Media is intensifying the Information Overload of Trivial Pursuits 

 

Procrastination


. . . I've been wanting to write this post for some time now!

So instead of procrastinating any longer, I'll dive right in with some suggestions to deal with it.

 

1.  Recognize the condition of modern life is that of OVERLY-BUSY. It's just the way it is. Options proliferate. Responsibilities increase. Workload is on the rise. Information overloads us. Procrastination, for some, is a way of escape and denial.

 

MonoTasking


. . . Needs to Replace MultiTasking

I am still surprised when I hear people talk about how well they Multi-Task.  I am tempted to be blunt and tell them: 

 

"No you don't! You are terrible at multi-tasking. You just think you are good. In fact, there is no such thing as multi-tasking. That is not how the brain works. Instead, you are a Switch-Tasker. And most likely, you are an inefficient Switch-Tasker."

 

What's In Your Email In-Box


. . . and What to Do About It

How many emails do you receive each day? I'm not asking about the spam, which hopefully gets filtered out. But the real ones: 50?  100?  200?  More? I have four different Email Accounts. I have them set up according to specific functions and needs. Between these accounts - 150 emails is a LITE day.

To Be Really Happy, Try Being Counter-Cultural


This is not your typical, standard, "common-sense" piece of advice/wisdom you are going to hear very often.


I am sure you have heard the witty reply about "common-sense."

What passes for common sense is neither common nor does it make much sense. 

I also like the "tongue in cheek" comparison of common sense and DEODORANT. But I digress . . .

The Five Temptations of Senior Leadership


Patrick Lencioni is so good as a teacher of leadership, because he knows how to take complex matters and give simple (but not simplistic) guidance.

He does this by: (1) identifying a small number of CORE THEMES which he connects in an pattern. (2) Then, he illustrates these themes with an extended "fable" or story. (3) At the end of each book, he gives a summary of the themes. It helps quite a bit that (4) he has a nice slogan or tag line to communicate the big picture.

 

Pride and Humility


My son has been doing a lot of summer reading. C. S. Lewis in particular (The Great Divorce, Mere  Christainity, Screwtape Letters) and books on leadership by Jim Collins, Kouzes and Posner and Lencioni. Late last night he said, "In these books, pride and humility is the main thing." I thought about it for a minute and agreed with him. Pride and humility are at the center of life, relationships, work, leadership . . .

Pride is that Original Sin. It is the "mother-lode" of all that has gone wrong in the world. It is the slumbering Smaug, that when awakened, wrecks havoc and ruin. Pride has ended careers, destroyed families, and robbed bright futures. It limits a life and it disrupts an organization. No wonder the best authors write about pride.

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