The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Peter Drucker

“Seize tomorrow” is the simple definition. However, the message and meaning are much more important than that. The fact is that each of us has only one future. It is ours to define and design.

In lieu of just spending time – invest wisely. Create your future as you want it to be. Carpe Mañana!

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Leadership Ideas

LEADERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION

"The first role of the Leader is to define reality."

Max Depree

"An organization is a human group, composed of
specialists working together on a common task"

"The function of organizations is to make knowledge productive"

"Organizations are special-purpose institutions.
They are effective because they concentrate on one task."

"...The organization is a destabilizer...
it must be organized for constant change."

"One implication: every organization of today has to build into its very structure the management of change."

Smart or Wise - An MBA or a Kindergarten Diploma

Preface: The article that follows is more of a process than an event. It started early this morning with a story sent to me by my Aunt Mazie. The story will be used as a close and a case study on the theories presented in this article. The proofing (not in terms of grammar and spelling corrections but rather in terms of proving my premise) was completed as my wife and I watched the movie Seabiscuit this afternoon.

Unsafe at any Speed!

Early in the day, I was speaking with a friend about the future of the distribution system in a certain industry. “Is the system dead”, I asked? No Jack explained, “the problem is a generational (chronological or attitudinal) issue not a systemic one”.

Some organizations are flourishing, others are dinosaurs, and still others are sitting on the banks of the Tar Pits, trying to decide their future. Our discussion continued for some time but I’ll save you from the detail.

My Last Class

For 10 years (1988 - 1998)I taught Risk and Insurance Classes to junior and senior students at LSU in Baton Rouge. During that time I spoke hundreds of thousands (if not millions)of words. For the last class I chose to be brief and limit the substance of my comments to 25 words. The premise below - A Quiz - introduces the process.

I could easily prepare for a 3 hour class in 20 minutes. Selecting these 25 words took me weeks. I challenge you to choose your 25 words. Try it - the exercise is good for the soul.

Peace!

A Quiz

You're talking to a person you really like.

First you Dream / Souls Don't grow in the Sunshine

Preface:

For the past 8 years I've been blessed to speak to the HOBY Leadership program and other groups for teenagers and young adults. The basis of the presentation is the importance of "dreaming" and the fact that our greatest growth occurs not in good times but in times of challenge. Below is a handout provided to each attendee of these programs.

Remember - FIRST YOU DREAM and SOULS DON'T GROW IN THE SUNSHINE!

First You Dream!

“I have a dream!” Martin Luther King

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