Doubt Your Infallibility: Or What Leaders Tend NOT TO DO!

Benjamin Franklin, the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, humility, self awareness

Here is the full quote, which was too long to put on to the image.

Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. Ben Franklin

That was part of the wisdom Franklin offered to his fellow delegates at the United States constitutional convention in 1787.

The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living

Socrates quote, the unexamined life is not worth living, self-awareness

The unexamined life is not worth living.


This is one of the most quoted lines of ancient philosophy. It may also be one of the most neglected. Our lives are busy, the pace of each day is frantic, distractions and interruptions are constant, silence and solitude rare, and the ways of deep reflection that is both critical-analytical and existential-imaginative have virtually disappeared.

Life is beautiful and vast.
There is mystery and messiness all around... and within.
There are many things that matter most which deserve careful and frequent attention.

Are you Sabotaging Yourself at Work?

How are You Shooting Yourself in the WorkFoot?
While I find so many of these brief articles helpful for a 5-10 minute read and reflection... this one was a notch or two above the typical good article.

It is asking you to assess yourself on 10 Behaviors that are Self-Sabatoging. The problem is when we do these things, and are not aware of their negative impact.

Read over the list of ten... think about yourself... which ones are you doing?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

The Bias Dynamic and What To Do About It

Bias - We All Have Them and They are More Substantial Than We Think

you are biased

I enjoy reading research on how the brain works, as well as the psychological and sociological studies of human behavior. In those fields, our unconscios patterns of motivation are of real interest to me. Closely related to that is the issue of Bias and how it affects us.

Here is an introduction to that theme and how you can be alert to it. You're More Biased Than You Think.

It Might Be You

Recovering Redemption, Matt ChandlerMuch of the time, we use a phrase in my circles that carries a lot of meaning with it.

It's not about you!
We typically use that to communicate that it is not about you, your agenda, your needs, your image, your wants, your, your, your... but rather - it is about God... and the purposes and will of God... It is a great tag line and a great idea.

On the other hand, sometimes we need to reverse this and make it very clear - Yes It is About You!

How Not to Go Wrong

Know Your Motives - Have the Best of Motives
Christianity has always been interested in "motives."
What are the reasons we have for doing what we do?
What is the desired outcome?
What is the driving passion behind what we do?

Augustine's Prayer for Self-Awareness

Augustine quote and prayer for self knowledge, self awareness, know yourselfIn Augustine we find one of the great prayers that understands the deep connection between self-awareness and God-awareness.

John Calvin echoed Augustine in Book One of the Institutes. "The knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves are bound toether by a mutual tie.

Bernard of Clairvaux said, "Know yourself and you will have a wholesome fear of God...Without knowledge of self, we have no knowledge of God."

Nine Pathways to Self Leadership

Long. Slow. Deep. Difficult. Particular.
That is a mantra and mindset I use whenever I talk about personal formation. Whether the focus is leadership development, life coaching, spiritual direction or some combination - growing, maturing, developing - is long, slow, deep, difficult and particular (this last one meaning concrete, specific and highly relevant to the individual). Here are nine pathways that are useful in the First Task of Self-Leadership. Each pathway helps with the three essential elements of Self-Leadership:  (1) awareness, (2) choice and (3) action/praxis.

Self Leadership - A Word From Mandela

Nelson Mandela had what the Bible calls the wilderness experience. For Mandela, his wilderness was a small one. It was Robben Island near Capetown. The island is 2 miles x 1 mile in size (3.3 x 1.9 kilometers). On the island was the prison where Mandela spent 18 years. He had a cell that was 8 x 8 feet (or 2.5 x 2.5 meters). Cold in the winter, hot in the summer, sparse, hard, with little contact from the outside. This was the crucible where Mandela was forged.

With no entertainment, no distractions, few options, but much solitude and silence, a woman or man has time to think. Ruminate. Ponder. Obsess. Look within. When you are your own main company, it is possible (not inevitable) that you will come to know yourself. 


I have been journaling for many (many) years now. I have quite a row of journals lined up on my bookshelf. My journaling practices have evolved and morphed over the years. About two months ago, I realized my journaling practices were a bit "stale" and I needed to make some changes. I won't go into what was stale or the changes I made - but suffice to say - change I did, and journaling feels quite fresh again. I enjoy it. I have insights and discernment every time I journal.

For many MEN - especially, they don't know how to journal... what to journal about... and they need some accountability. So... when I read this post on the blog site (The Art of Manliness) I knew it would be a winner for men who want to learn how to journal.


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