Mission Accomplished

There can be unintended consequences to any action. But a well thought out strategy that takes into account the possible reactions to every action taken to achieve a clear mission, is likely to succeed.

And then there is action for the sake of doing something…

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton

Inhale Action, Exhale Distraction…
Inhale Reaction, Exhale Distraction…
Inhale Strategy, Exhale Distraction…
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Loyalty

To the extent that you can learn from leaders unfit for leadership, the current administration is a potential goldmine of lessons in how NOT to lead.

I’ve been struck lately by the theme of loyalty; loyalty demanded by #45 to him from those responsible for leading our country’s institution. Their loyalty, of course, should be to the institutions they lead and to the American people.

That not withstanding, loyalty is a lot like respect and trust; it has to be given by the leader to be received by the leader.

Inhale Lessons, Exhale Indifference…
Inhale Loyalty, Exhale Corruption…
Inhale Leadership, Exhale Incompetence…
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Checks and Balances

I believe the confusing, even contradictory behavior of soon to be former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has been a contributing factor to the historically low numbers of Americans who trust our government (18 percent). Maybe it was too much to expect someone who publically criticized candidate Trump to continue that criticism after the 2016 election.

But like the record number of Republicans who won’t seek re-election, he seemed to have abandoned his values to support #45’s agenda, leaving many Americans to wonder who is willing to hold this president accountable.

“Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 ASV

Inhale Values, Exhale Expediency…
Inhale Consistent, Exhale Erratic…
Inhale Moral, Exhale Evil…
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Delayed Gratification

I would love to listen to an Alabama Football coach recruiting new players. Year after year, they manage to convince elite 5 and 4 star athletes to commit to a “process” which requires them to compete for the positions for which they were recruited. Sometimes it takes a couple of years for a highly recruited player to break through to starter status. And when they do, they’re possibly even more engaged and hungry.

“We create a standard for how we want to do things, and everybody’s got to buy into that standard or you really can’t have any team chemistry.” ~ Nick Saban

Inhale Culture, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Commitment, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Consistency, Exhale Complacency…
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Yes…I Think I’ll Have it All

I love seeing so many women run for office this year. I know a lot of it is in response to the regression of our politics to a time of second-class citizenship for women and terrorism toward people of color.

Senate members at a baby shower for Sen. Tammy Duckworth in March.

I believe the ability to make that sacrifice is the result of willingness by men and women, husbands and wives to seek out roles that conform to their individual and collective needs versus along strict “shoulds” and “should nots” according to gender.

And isn’t the freedom to choose who you are and how you authentically navigate your world, the only freedom worth having?

Inhale Want to, Exhale Should…
Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Gender Roles…
Inhale Momentum, Exhale Regression…
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Wife, Mother, Leader… Choose Two!

The United States continues to perceive leadership as the almost exclusive purview of men, insisting that for women biology is our primary, even ONLY destiny.

Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth and her husband Maj. Brian Bowlsbey of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

What I experienced and what I saw in my military career was that women with children could be wives OR they could be leaders, but it was rare to see a woman fulfilling all three roles successfully for any length of time.

But one leader at a time, that reality is changing. And I am here for that change!

Inhale Purpose, Exhale Presumption…
Inhale Destiny, Exhale Dogma…
Inhale Fluidity, Exhale Rigidity…
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Stealth Grind

There’s been agitating, protests and boycotts in front of the camera and then there’s been Byron Allen, stealthily and steadily creating the platform to become the largest independent producer of first-run syndicated programming. He just bought The Weather Channel and has laid out a strategic plan that has reinvigorated employees.

And whether or not black people feel empowered by this transaction, he has represented what is possible.

“The move by Allen goes to show the power and importance of learning how to invest and run our own businesses.” ~ Dr. Boyce Watkins

Inhale Buy-In, Exhale Sell-Out…
Inhale Stealth Mode, Exhale Social Media Famous…
Inhale Strategic, Exhale Superficial…
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My Reality vs. Your Reality

I discovered the conflict during a contentious conversation with my colleague, stemmed from our real but different realities. When I realized we were using the same expression for experiences that were NOT the same, I was able to explain the differences, which allowed us to pursue our vision.

It was a lot of extra effort on a relatively small issue. But it kept us moving forward.

“What each of us believes to be true simply reflects our views about reality… when we ignore competing realities … we may fail.” ~ Susan Scott, Fierce Conversations

Inhale Converse, Exhale Close Up…
Inhale Conflict, Exhale Fear of Confrontation…
Inhale Competing Realities, Exhale Fake Compliance…
Just Breathe…

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Where Will We Live?

I sometimes wonder if the wealthy elites intent on destroying the planet, have a plan to escape to another planet or maybe like the movie, Elysium, some kind of space habitat, leaving the rest of us to deal with the consequences of their greed and neglect.

We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.” ~ Stephen Hawking

Inhale Abundance, Exhale Greed…
Inhale Investment, Exhale Neglect…
Inhale Consequences, Exhale Destruction…
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Revolution

Whether you advocate a revolution or incremental repair to a broken model of leadership really depends on how much you are suffering. Those suffering the least are less likely to relate to those enduring the most…and less likely to want a radical change.

“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out …” Revolution, The Beatles

Inhale Empathy, Exhale Apathy…
Inhale Relatability, Exhale Exclusivity…
Inhale Connection, Exhale Separation…
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