big things, small packages

Sometimes big things come in small packages. Inspiration comes from those younger than us, smaller than us but that makes it no less potent–in fact I often find it to be more exciting when the student becomes the teacher or you learn something from someplace (or someface) that you least expected it.

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Leadership

I got this from the Blog of Tony Kim [http://leadcreatively.wordpress.com/]:

Managers VS Leaders

The line between managing and leading can be a delicate one. Here is a list I put together from various sources with a few I added of my own. We need managers to survive, but leaders are the ones that inspire real change in our world. Which are you?

* The manager’s goal is peace; the leader inspires chaos
* The manager avoids conflict; the leader has the hard conversations
* The manager administers; the leader innovates.
* The manager maintains; the leader develops.
* The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
* The manager waits to be asked; the leader takes responsibility.
* The manager relies on control; the leader builds trust.
* The manager asks how and what; the leader asks why.
* The manager has his eye always on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.
* The manager avoids falures; the leader embraces risk.
* The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
* The manager fits in a mold; the leader is his own person.
* The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

//I will definitely be spending some more time reflecting on this one. “Manager” is in my job title on the one hand but on the other hand what I really want to be is a leader. God help me to do that.

A Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen

May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen

May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen

May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen

And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen