positive thinking

Vital Optimism and Communication

I have a running joke with a good friend of mine. He calls me a preacher. I say - I am not a preacher! That is not a positive word in our culture today. I am a Communicator. I communicate on Sunday mornings, in mid-size communities, in small groups, through writing books, blogs and tweets... in large and small ways - I am a communicator. Okay, okay! I am also a preacher. It is a good word and it is a great calling. It is just that the connotations of that word are so bad in our post-Christendom culture. So when I can, I communicate...

But that is not my point for this post. 

Here's my point. I have been listening to quite a few "communicators" in recent weeks. Typically I only listen to communicators when I am driving and have the radio turned on to catch part of the radio preachers. I generally don't watch videos of preaching... but I have been. 

This is still not my point, but I am getting closer to it.

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Great Leadership Lessons, Note 28

Pop Leadership!
When simplistic tag lines become wisdom, then those who teach them play the fool. Shame on them and on those who buy in to the jargon.

There is a lot of pop leadership trite thrown around. What makes it a challenge is that in most cases, it has some basis in truth, but it takes the PIECE of reality and turns it into the WHOLE of reality. A useful principle becomes an unchallengeable dogma. Here are two of those SLOGANS you hear all the time.

When you are a part of an organization that is in decline, being positive when things are falling apart - that is not leadership - that is naive, ruinous foolishness. Don't let a cute poster saying tell you otherwise. 

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