Why + How = What

At one point in my previous life, I was a logistics planner for the US European Command in Stuttgart Germany. Sometimes plans had to be scrapped because the operator types (pilots…) had left the logisticians out of the initial discussions for a contingency operation only to discover there was no clarity around the objective, or the action chosen was not executable.

Involving all the expertise on a team can help bring clarity to why you’re doing what you’re doing and ensure you find the most executable way to do it. At the intersection of why and how is what.

Inhale Why, Exhale Unclear…
Inhale How, Exhale Un-executable…
Inhale What, Exhale Undone…
Just Breathe…

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The ROE of COAs

ROE and COA are two of the acronyms from my previous life I use frequently in my current life. At the beginning of any workshop I lead, I spend time establishing the Rules of Engagement (ROE) that will govern our conduct. Course(s) of Action (COA) are the alternate ways to get to a desired result; it’s a phrase I use when coaching clients trying to reach their goals.

I think about these concepts when I see the disparate, disjointed efforts of activists, especially in the Chicago area. I wonder…”Is it possible to engage for the purpose of coming up with objectives everyone can support?”

If you can’t even RECONCILE with your BROTHERS AND SISTERS, in the same line of work, HOW will you RECONCILE A CITY and a NATION?” ~ Apostle David A. Rodgers

Inhale Collaboration, Exhale Competition…
Inhale Engagement, Exhale Estrangement…
Inhale Reconciliation, Exhale Revolution …
Just Breathe

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Running on Empty

There are a lot of leaders leading from a place of lack…using the fact that people follow them on social media as a way to fill up…using their charisma to deceive…using their talents to attract attention.

If you are leading from a place of lack, the only thing you can offer is emptiness.

If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all His commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1-2, MSG

Inhale Obedience, Exhale Lack…
Inhale Surrender, Exhale Lack…
Inhale Abundance, Exhale lack…
Just Breathe…

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Fair and Balanced

I read an article last week that included an interesting poll that compared the negative press of #45 with three of his predecessors. The article suggested that the overwhelmingly negative reporting (from even Faux News) was a result of some bias, that there should have been more balance.

That comparison reminds me of the comments made by #45 that there were “very fine people on both sides,” of the violence that erupted after hate groups, ostensibly protesting the removal of a statue, but chanting “You will not replace us/Jews will not replace us” clashed with anti-hate groups.

It’s a way to normalize the hate by suggest that it’s the reporting not the behavior that is negative.

Inhale Truth, Exhale False Equivalence…
Inhale Truth, Exhale Alternative Facts…
Inhale Truth, Exhale Bold Faced Lies…
Just Breathe

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Failure to Lead

One of my favorite books about Vietnam is “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.” As you might surmise from the title, the book is a scathing, unflinching indictment of the leaders who prosecuted the Vietnam War. The author was particularly hard on the president who he described as having a “real propensity for lying,” an obsession with loyalty and leaks and being so narrowly focused on his political fortunes that he ignored what was best for the nation.

The author is H.R. McMaster…that’s right, the current national security adviser to #45.

And every time I see him on TV defending the indefensible, I wonder…why?

There are opportunities you should never take advantage of because they’re going to pull you away from what God has called you to. There are places you should not go just because they’re bigger and better. You’re going to get there and realize you never should have gone because they’re bigger and messier, not better.” ~ Andy Stanley

Inhale Calling, Exhale Distraction…
Inhale Legacy, Exhale Expediency…
Inhale Clarity, Exhale Chaos…
Just Breathe

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Ethical Leadership

Over the last few weeks, military leaders have emphatically voiced their objections to #45’s endorsement of hate and discrimination. Some have questioned the right of these leaders to respectfully disagree so publically with the Commander-In-Chief (CIC). I would argue that while military members are expected to adhere to high standards of professionalism, respect for the Chain of Command and the CIC has never meant to follow orders without regard to military ethics, American tradition or moral law…

A moral leader assesses his own beliefs, how those beliefs are manifest in his actions and the actions of his unit, and how closely aligned those actions are with the expectations of his nation, service, and mission.” Col Paul E. Roush, Retired, USMC

Inhale Disagreement, Exhale Disrespect…
Inhale Disagreement. Exhale Denial…
Inhale Disagreement, Exhale Discord…
Just Breathe

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To Lead…

History is full of examples of gifted leaders who used their innate leadership skills for selfish, even evil outcomes. #45 has used his skills to unleash and condone the virulent racism which has undergirded America since its’ founding.

It really doesn’t matter whether he agrees with their bigotry; for selfish or evil reasons, he has given them permission to act on their hate.

We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.” ~ James Baldwin

Inhale Lead, Exhale Goad…
Inhale Leading, Exhale Instigating…
Inhale Leader, Exhale Ringleader…
Just Breathe

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Crucial Crucible

Every leader has experiences, often traumatic, that test who they are and sometimes transform who they are. Leadership guru Warren Bennis calls these moments “crucibles” and they require leaders to “examine their values, question their assumptions, hone their judgment.”

As much as the descendants of the sons and daughters of the confederacy would like to view Robert E. Lee as a hero, in his crucible moment, he choose …despite some misgivings… to lead the effort to secede from the United States for the purpose of keeping a people enslaved.

That does not make him a hero….

Some crucible experiences illuminate a hidden and suppressed area of the soul.” ~ Warren Bennis

Inhale Vision, Exhale Oppression…
Inhale Test, Exhale Treason…
Inhale History, Exhale Revisionary…
Just Breathe

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Core Self

I have a tendency to see the good in people and I’m somewhat surprised when people behave in ways that are contrary to my experience of them. I’ve learned that often, bad behavior is in response to fear… something we believe about ourselves, or something we believe we can’t have or something we have but don’t want.

What we believe about who we are at our core will eventually surface.

Most bad behavior is about that person’s core fears about themselves; it is rarely about you.” ~ Kimberly Giles

Inhale Truth, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Realness, Exhale Fakeness…
Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Duplicity…
Just Breathe

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True Self

I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” ~ Michelle Obama, FLOTUS.

It’s so interesting to me that people continue to be surprised by #45’s actions. I mean … it’s not like he appeared out of nowhere or just started demonstrating the behavior we see now. He’s been living in the public eye since the early 1980s, being his authentically racist, sexist, elitist, boorish, etc. self. He’s just being who he has always been…

When people show you who they are, believe them.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

Inhale Knowing, Exhale Unconsciousness…
Inhale Reception, Exhale Rejection…
Inhale Insight, Exhale Ignoring…
Just Breathe

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