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A Brief Musing



An old Chinese proverb says, “Talk doesn’t cook rice.” I suspect it is equally true quoting old Chinese proverbs doesn’t cook much rice either. As I consider strategies for initiating this effort, along with noting activities that do not cook rice, I’m thinking also noting those that do not lead to a successful blog would be helpful. Once I know all of the don’ts, what’s left are on the to do list. Here we go with the don’t list for blogging.

1.Don’t sit and stare. Doing most anything else is an improvement over just gazing into empty space. Of course, I claim to be intensely thinking and it may be true, at least a little. Even so, writing is key and although I can think without seriously thinking, think without writing and write without thinking, to write without writing is pretty much impossible or at least beyond my scope for sure.

2.I don’t need another cup of coffee. I know it would feel good to stretch and stroll out to the coffee pot and back. A nice cup of hot coffee might even perk me up. I could use the time to consider more fully what I want to say and the jolt of caffeine might stimulate a new insight or something. No, no coffee, no stroll into the other room, no more avoiding getting down to the business at hand.

3.I don’t have any more excuses. I’m far enough into it to get down to it if I am up to it. Ok, I’m getting around to it and know it’s time to either do it or screw it. The deal goes like this.

I’ll never make a post if all I do is boast about the blog I’m planning to write.

It’s indeed a little crazy but either I’m lazy or afraid of being absolutely trite.

That’s a pretty pathetic verse and sure it can get worse but I don’t feel even a little contrite.

My blog is underway and I have a post for today so I can get that coffee and stare with no further fear of being impolite.

Here’s a Bonus Musing



In the leadership and management literature, much is made of commitment and persistence. Those in charge should be obsessively committed to the agreed upon mission and should then persist in its pursuit. Success is a zero sum (win/lose) game, with the prize going only to those who succeed. This idea is captured in, “After you’ve done everything you can do, do what you can’t do.”

Do what you can’t do? Yes, for if you don’t, success is in jeopardy and may in fact be foreclosed. The key here is in not equating “can’t” and “never will be able to.” Not being able to do something right now (can’t) simply defines the challenge: getting from “can’t do” to “can do.” Those who engage this challenge represent the pool from which leaders are appropriately selected. They are the folks who may legitimately be in charge.

The “will be able to” principle certainly applies in a business or organization context but equally applies to other environments, e.g., families, clubs and social groups, boards and committees, and so on. The person in the leader role may be designated in many ways – leader, parent, chair person, manager, president, or may not have a specific designation. Nonetheless, he or she is “Boss.”

Henry Ford asked and answered the most pertinent question, “The question, ‘Who ought to be boss?’ is like as, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”

It’s definitely good to be able to sing tenor, to know the words to the song. The question is, “What song does the tenor sing?” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said the song is, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you will help them to become what they are capable of being.” Confucius’ arrangement of that tune was, “If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not to be correct?” Even John Steinbeck had a version of that song for would be tenors, “It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”

How do you sing tenor? How does that song go? The special gift of the tenor is in knowing what people ought to be and how to lead correctly. If you qualify as “boss,” knowing what people aught to be and what it means to lead correctly are second nature for you. If they aren’t, if you don’t have a clue, singing tenor is definitely not in your future. Unfortunately, a lot of people are “boss,” who couldn’t sing tenor on their best day and quite a few of them can’t even carry a tune. The most pertinent issue here is, “Are you a real tenor or just trying to pass yourself off as something you aren’t? If you are the real deal, you;

• Treat people as if they are what they ought to be.

• Lead with correctness.

• Expect greatness.

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