2013 Vector Correctors 2018-01-28T19:25:10+00:00

2013 Vector Correctors

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As the New Year begins one word comes to mind, PATIENCE. The headlines, TV reports and chatter indicate we may be wise to have an extra measure of patience daily. It is the calm and uncomplaining endurance with courage when misfortune, annoyance or delay invades our lives. Patience is a quality of a leader that can draw others to you because of the steady, courageous spirit in your life.

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Author Albert Mohler said that when most people think about leaders, they go to those defined as being leaders of conviction — men like Ronald Reagan, women like Margaret Thatcher. In our world today we all need to exhibit convictions that are recognized like integrity, compassion, ethics and love. Then we will earn the respect of those we lead.

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A wise statement regarding leadership: “You may give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Loving is a major key to inspired influence. This should start at home but will impact everyone we meet.

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Humility makes us gentle to others and generates respect far beyond our understanding. A humble servant is hard to find, but when they surface they generate teamwork and accomplishments beyond their greatest expectations.

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Many times leaders are prone to have a critical spirit. We may be quick to condemn and slow to commend. Our team can be just as quick to lose respect for their leader thus affecting the quality of effort and output. Rather than a critical attitude, it is better to have a sensitive, encouraging spirit to all.

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A New Year and more promotions of fitness, diets, workouts, etc. All may give each of us a guilt trip. I read a comment concerning fitness that fits our role as an inspired influencer: “REACH DOWN AND LIFT OTHERS UP. IT’S THE BEST EXERCISE YOU [AND I] CAN GET.” I’m going to try to do some heavy lifting. How about you?

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When we never care to refer to ourselves in conversation or to record our own good works, or to itch after commendations, when we can truly love to be unknown — that is truly a Victory! Our influence is not about us, but those we serve.

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The electronic age has taken over. The impact of social media and all the devices carrying or transmitting messages has grown exponentially in the last three years. USA Today included an interesting survey report. The question was, “Is it easier to make friends — IN PERSON [64%]” or through social-network sites [36%]?” Face to face still works.

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An attribute of leadership is being a good example which includes endurance. Some would believe endurance only applies to the workers and not to the senior staff. In fact, endurance applies to everyone in an organization because in this social media environment, 24/7 operation seems common today. If the leader is projecting the right example they will be most effective leading with a positive attitude, enthusiasm, endurance and a balanced life.

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Leaders need to be accountable to each other. Chuck Swindoll writes that people who are accountable usually have four qualities: Vulnerability, Teachability, Availability and Honesty. If we are open to the eyes of our team, we’ll have a better chance to stay on the right course.

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Horace Greeley wrote: “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.” Our country truly needs leaders who have sound integrity, compassion, a servant’s heart and an ethical, moral foundation. Our challenge is to use these words as a measuring stick in our own lives.

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It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.Napoleon Hill said that and he was right. Nothing ensures success like ensuring another’s success. And there is someone who is looking for your help and your support today. This meaningful statement was shared with me by Eddie Luisi, a special friend.

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Author Anne Lamott quoted in The Boston Globe said, “We must have standards, no matter how low.” Those words reminded me of a bumper sticker, “If you can’t meet the standard, lower it.” That is the real challenge for leaders. Set a standard of excellence, communicate it to the team, then hold them to it.

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Communication is probably the greatest challenge in marriages and in the workplace. George Orwell wrote in The Washington Post, “The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.” I would add the reminder, “The message received is the one that counts.” It is the sender who has the responsibility to ensure the receiver gets the message that is sent.

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The reported incidences of suicide continue to grow in the US military as well as society in general. The root cause is difficult to determine. However, a common thread is the loss of HOPE. When we hear or observe a loss of HOPE in another person, let’s take it seriously and find professional guidance/help.

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We should be looking into our own lives as leaders to be sure we are providing the necessary inspired influence to accomplish the mission. This type of introspective analysis will help us focus on what qualifies us to lead. Two basic fundamental foundational qualities are a servant’s heart and strong integrity in word and action. We will limit our effectiveness without these qualities.

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Our character should shine 24/7. That means our heart of service, compassion, conviction and consistency is shining at home and in our marketplace. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in a moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” It is in the hard times when our character should shine the brightest.

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A visionary leader may be hard to find but one who knows planning is a key part in fulfilling the vision is on the right course. The US Marine Corps teaches that knowing the goal creates alignment and knowing the plan creates obedience.

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Two are better than one. And your team is better than any one individual. Leaders lead and need to train with this in mind: mutual effort brings a good return for their labor, mutual support lifts up others, mutual encouragement raises the level of success and mutual strength helps to overcome the opponent.

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Dennis DeHaan wrote a thought-provoking message on leadership. He penned:

The paths of leadership are trod

By those who humbly walk with God

Their gracious spirit holds a sway

That makes you want to go their way.

A qualified leader is one who has learned to serve.

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Suicide… a challenging dilemma infecting America. HOPE is the first of our emergency passions according to Guiding Light. HOPE is a passion that keeps us going through difficulties. Some say HOPE is like a life raft we cling to instead of giving up. For many, it’s a HOPE that God will see us through our difficulty. Leaders at all levels should be sensitive to any indications of a person losing HOPE and becoming depressed.

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Kindness is an outgrowth of compassion. It reflects on the sensitive spirit of the leader who recognizes the need to respect others and not have a critical spirit of judging others’ action by our ideals. A kind person recognizes everyone’s humanity.

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Loyalty is a never-ending devotion to a person, institution, company, team or country. To be loyal means to care deeply. Loyalty is a hallmark of character which is foundational for any leader.

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Duty, honor, country: three words that have been the keel for many great leaders and yet disregarded by too many today. We refer to judges as “Your Honor” or members of Congress as “The Honorable”, but for some these are hollow words. In truth, the honor of a society or country is only as good as that of its citizens. For each of us in leadership positions, our example of honor in word and action will speak loudly and be a light to those we influence.

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Courage is an essential attribute of leaders. Without it you will find your effectiveness minimized. With it you will be an encourager of people. We all need backbone, courage and conviction to do our best and be the ultimate example of living victoriously even in crisis or conflict.

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People who are accountable usually possess four qualities that set them apart:

1. Vulnerability — living as an open book

2. Teachability — willingness to learn

3. Availability — accessible to others

4. Honesty — committed to living with integrity

The buck stops here for the leader but with accountability it stops at everyone’s desk.

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Enough is enough. A leader must strive to have unity in their organization. This concept is the heart of the United States since our independence in 1776. President Lincoln said, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Where are our leaders who champion unity over divisiveness? There is a pressing need for strong leaders who understand the value of strength in unity.

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Good leadership starts at home. Character should not show up when we leave the confines of the place we live and the people who live with us. If we fail to be a person of character, integrity, values and love in our residence we will be lacking in our marketplace or venue where we work. We all need to have a consistency of character to be authentic leaders.

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Transformational is today’s buzzword in many leadership courses. To be transferable, transformation must first come to the heart of the leader … changing us into a person with a heart of character, integrity, service, excellence and love. Then the leader will, by example, influence others, just as a potter transforms a lump of clay into a useful item.

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Howard Schultz’s musts for innovators:

1. Find something that you deeply love and are willing to personally sacrifice what it takes to achieve your goals.

2. Surround yourself with co-workers who have specific skill sets beyond your own, but who share like-minded values.

3. Don’t underestimate the capital you must amass — and the time commitment needed to be successful.

4. Often “things” don’t go as planned. So, remember to keep an attitude of “rigid flexibility”!

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Morgan Wooten, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches said, “They never forget their coach. They may forget some of the teachers they had, they may even forget some of the players they played with, but they never forget their coach. You get to do things for people who will never pay you back, and they say you never have had a perfect day until you’ve done something for someone who will never pay you back.” That is LEGACY. What’s yours?

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I heard an interesting statement that is right on target, “There is no right way to do the wrong thing.” Better? “Do the right thing, the right way for the right reason.” This is a choice and remember; choices always have consequences.

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Delegation or the current keyword, empowerment, is an attribute successful leaders should have in their playbook. In WWII, General George Patton said, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Young followers and emerging leaders are unencumbered by tradition and bring fresh ideas and concepts to the table. Use them or you might lose them.

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As a former coach, I’m always interested in the strength of the team. A friend shared a very useable thought, iIf we are on the same team: “TEAM—-Together Each Accomplishes More”. Remember, the leader/coach is responsible for not only the success of each member but the collective efforts of everyone.

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Communication is a challenge for all of us, at home and in our marketplace. We seem to be more impressed with one’s vocabulary than the dictionary meaning of words spoken. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Remember the key: good communicators are great listeners.

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Our local paper carried the following headline “IN TRUST WE TRUST”. Most agree trust is important in a healthy workplace. So why isn’t there integrity and trust in the work environment? Maybe the leader is a weak example of trust, integrity and truthfulness. How about you?

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Never think you can do the right thing the wrong way. There are consequences for all our actions and decisions. Our example affects people and can cause others to fall. Ultimately, the ripple effect can be disastrous. Do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason and you will stay on track.

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Corrie ten Boom’s family were heroes of WWII. She said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Worry has never solved a problem. Strength of character and courage in tough times will provide the confidence and conviction to press on.

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in a moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Accurate words from Dr. Martin Luther King. He was speaking from personal experience and we all can learn from him rather than having to experience the lesson personally.

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There are several aspects of being the right example to those around us: one is attitude. Enthusiasm and encouragement rank high on the impact scale of affecting. Charles Schwab, notable in the world of finance, accurately stated, “I have never seen a man who could do real work except under the stimulus of encouragement and enthusiasm, and the approval of the people for whom he is working.”

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Race, diversity and inclusiveness are buzz words that seem to consume the media and our society. I believe we should make RESPECT, the word to live by in all our actions, thoughts, and interactions. Be a person of conviction. Understand everyone may not share your convictions. Respect everyone you meet, whether employees, bosses, family members or the person on the street. Humbly we are to serve the lowest to the highest in our community.

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Example is one of the key attributes of a leader. The Commandant of the Marine Corps questioned, “Does your audio match your video?” Are you walking the walk or just talking the talk? This is true at home or in the marketplace.

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A recent obituary on Walter Segaloff, a distinguished civic leader, visionary, and “people person” who desired to make a difference contained his guiding principles:

• Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God

• It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, neither are you at liberty not to begin

• Doing the right thing for the right reason will invariably produce good things

• Right makes might-truth to power

• Never, never, never give up

• Make your life count

• One person can make a difference

Walter’s life is an example of a real Legacy. How will ours read?

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Two quotes from Olympians:

Al Orter, six medals, “I didn’t set out to beat the world. I just set out to do my absolute best.”

Kieren Perkins, four medals, “Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves.”

What are we overcoming today?

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“Freedom has a taste to those who fight and almost die that the protected will never know.” — from the wall of the Hanoi Hilton, March 29, 1973. This quote was shared by the senior officer on the final flight of returning POWS. It is shared with you to reinforce a key principle of our way of life that is slowly slipping away — FREEDOM!!!

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Authentic leadership is seriously needed in every area of today’s society. Ask the 20s or 30s age group and they will tell you they desire leaders who have a servant’s heart, are sensitive to their team, have strong integrity, know who they are and are known for their conviction, respect for others and are good listeners. This is a good measure for all of us as we influence others.

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Confidence, not cockiness is a hallmark of a leader. It is said that to read one’s clippings is okay, just don’t believe them.

There is a great man

Who makes everyman feel small.

But the really great man

Is the man who makes every man feel great.

— Chinese Proverb

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A police chief, retiring after 40 years of service said, “Your legacy doesn’t happen at the end of your career, it begins at the beginning of your career.” Wisdom from one who made a difference serving his community. Remember, our legacy is the influence we have on each life we touch, every day. Our influence is what will be remembered, good or bad, long after we are gone.

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“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” These words from former US President John Quincy Adams remind us to press on. Learn from the past, be sure you are right and move forward.

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Harvey Firestone, the renowned American tire industry leader, said, “It’s only when we develop others that we permanently succeed.” Leadership is All about people and our challenge is to move people into areas where they can accomplish, with excellence, their jobs. Leadership is translating vision into reality for our team.

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In this Christmas season it seems commercialization and materialism have taken the place of faith, hope and love. Yet, from a leadership standpoint, our spirit and character should imbue these attributes so that others may see and want to copy our example. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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This is the last Vector Corrector for 2013. Through the website, www.liaap.com, you can review the library of past VCs and maybe grab some gems to refresh your leadership for the New Year. These reminders on aspects of leadership will help us live one day at a time providing inspired influence and leaving a positive legacy. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!