Archive for November, 2011
Posted on29. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
The trouble with hurrying is it trains us to pay less attention to the nuances and subtleties in our interactions with others. We master the art of brevity in our interactions when what is needed are deeper connections. We miss insightful observations in the already-ran scenario of rushing to the next meeting. We miss the [...]
Posted on28. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies – Robert Louis Stevenson Honoring the calling of leadership is to experience the joys and agony in work and in life. Wrapped in that honor guiding [...]
Posted on23. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
New Era Leaders today symbolically represent a tipping point of a leadership style positively influenced, in part, by contrarian acts exhibited by the endless examples of selfish, unethical choices by executives, politicians, even athletes. Such examples bleed into our life and leave us needing something deeper from the leaders in our own world. A New [...]
Posted on22. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
“We’re always behind this metal and glass. Nobody touches you.” If you saw the move Crash you’ll recognize this line. The symbolism is piercing: We’re either tough like metal or ready to break with any pressure like glass. This is the fragility in life. People collide. The kicker, though, is in the second sentence in [...]
Posted on21. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Clearly people are pissed off: from Arab Spring showing how an organized, purposeful group of people can overthrow inhumane dictators to unorganized, yet persistent Occupy America to dissatisfied, disengaged employees. These events and others are punctuated by people’s anger over the misbehavior of politicians, figure heads, leaders, even manager. Humanity seems to be in great [...]
Posted on20. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
Convenience doesn’t characterize leadership. It’s marked by the constant calling of stepping up and outside of what we feel like doing. In either way we are called, excited or sullen, the call of leadership demands of us the honor of doing what is right. The internal struggle we have with what we want to do [...]
Posted on16. Nov, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
The complete decimation of leadership surrounding the Penn State child molestation case shines light into dark corners of human nature. I don’t want to comment on the morality of the issue. I want to look at the leadership collapse and a lesson it teaches all of us. The moment we place higher importance on institutions, [...]