Curious Abner’s “Con”

Curious Abner thought awhile,

(A while is all he had.)

The moment seemed to last forever,

(Forever’s not so bad.)

After all, thought Curio,

It only takes an instant

To contemplate creation,

How far is near or distant?

(To contemplate or “complicate”.)

He wondered with a grin

Content and yes, quite satisfied

With this intellectual spin.

While rolling in the aisle.

Curious Abner thought awhile.

(A while is all he had.) Amen.

From: An Amo and Curio Olio.
A Folio of Prose and Poesy by Lee Broom

Leading Leads to Nothing.

In order to be a Leader, one must decide that Leadership is not The Goal.

Leadership is not something that a Leader does.

Being a Leader.

That is very different.

Being a Leader may be Lonely.

Perhaps not.

It matters not whether the Leader has followers.

A Leader who begins to seek Followers ceases to be a Leader.

A Leader is motivated by two things, Love and Knowledge.

Leaders serve the community around them.

Some leaders know this. Some do not.

The Search for Love:

The Search for Knowledge:

The Search itself reveals the strength of The Searcher.

That Strength is seen by observers but appears to be unimportant to Those Who Possess it.

What does a Leader do if not Lead?

The Leader asks “What is the Answer?”

Love And Knowledge says to the Leader,  “What is the Question?”

The Leader replies, “I’m not exactly sure.”

Love And Knowledge says to the Leader.  “Walk down this path for now. Be observant. Ask more questions.”

The Leader replies, “Okie-doakie.”

From:  Leadership
by Lee Broom

LEADERSHIP on a personal level.

It has been said that a True Leader is unaware of possessing Leadership quality or for that matter, a dsire to Lead.

If this is true, how does one become a leader?

Wrong question, I think.

Leaders are attractive to others.

Leaders tend to rely on dependable processes for gathering information.

Leaders are curious.

Leaders ask questions.

Leaders possess power but are unaware of this power. They are not needy. Leaders are willing to assist those who are (needy).

The needy cling to each other.

They are not really needy but the Illusion of Strength from Unity is often misleading.

Leaders enjoy sharing their ideas though they rarely talk about what they have learned. Instead they will talk endlessly about How they learned this and that.

Leaders enjoy helping needy people to become Independent People.

The Independent Nature of Leaders is often misinterpreted as being antisocial when in fact their need for Socialization may not be great.

Leadership then, is the ability to live one’s life in a natural, loving way.

Leadership is not complicated.

Or so I am told

From: Leadership
By Lee Broom

Remember: Fear, Love, Heal. Fear, Love, Heal. Fear, Love, Heal.

To love is to Heal.

To accept Love is to Be Healed.

Healing begins when Fear is vanquished.

Perhaps it is the other way around.

Fear returns to the shadows and birds begin to chirp.

Fear becomes itself at first light.

The Light of Love is felt with the decision to Accept.

Acceptance lights the Path.

The Path is Today.

This is the way,

To Heal;

To be Healed.

Love becomes the Lover.

And Fear becomes a fading memory.

 

by Lee Broom

More About Leadership

Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package.
Buddha.

True leaders are barely known to their followers. Next after them are the leaders the people know and admire. After them those that they fear; after the those they despise.
Lao-tzu.

I write often about the fact that Leaders tend to think for themselves while Followers mimic the thoughts and behaviors of others. It is true that some of us are more Leadership prone than others.

Leaders are not motivated by the supposed status of Leadership. That ranking is merely a side effect of the practice of doing one’s own thing. If you Googled  the word “Leader” you would not be surprised at the list of names. But Google the word quotations; very revealing.

Okay, so what’s the point? Look at the Buddha quote above and let’s rephrase it. “Everyone is a leader – sometimes we know it; sometimes we don’t”. We all have some level of expertise that has the potential for benefitting society. It isn’t Important that we know what this specialized bit of knowledge is. All that is necessary for the sharing of this information is to be ourselves in the presence of others. If we are prone to isolate, that’s okay. Our social limitations can be our guide. Being there when we are needed is much more important than how long we can endure the event or how often we allow ourselves to become vulnerable. Being there when we are needed requires only one thing: being there.

Thank you for being here.

 

By Lee Broom

TRUST

Where does trust come from? By Seth Godin. Seth’s Blog 6.23.2012

Hint: it never comes from the good times and from the easy projects.

We trust people because they showed up when it wasn’t convenient, because they told the truth when it was easier to lie and because they kept a promise when they could have gotten away with breaking it.

Every tough time and every pressured project is another opportunity to earn the trust of someone you care about.

Thank you Seth.

I attended a meeting this morning of Fifty-Plus Business Men who exchanged ideas on the idea of trust. I was one of the dozen or so who were left out of the conversations. After the meeting as I sat in the parking lot in the cab of my Chevy Truck, I thought about the remarks I had heard and speedily scribbled wish-I-had-said notes in my shirt-pocket, spiral notebook.

I addressed the notion of trusting systems over people. I knew something was missing but eventually put my gel pen in my pocket, typed my thoughts into a Word document and scooted back to my cave. I made some lunch, called a few friends, got into my email and scanned the emailed blog announcements of my favorite bloggers.  And there you were with a typical, man-of-few-words remark on the subject of my morning meeting of Fifty-Plus Business Men.

Thanks again Seth. And, thank you Reader for stopping by.  Lee Broom