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Need a Quotation?

The purpose of time is to keep everything from happening all at once.
It’s not working.

Jim Paradis

quotationsCarl’s got his quotation file working on this web site again: http://www.creatingnewworlds.org.

To work it, access the quotes from the menu bar. Remember the top white  bar is for the static web pages that don’t change often. The bottom dark bar is for the blog categories. To access quotes, use the top menu bar and find your subject, then mouse over  the option and click the quotation option you want from the submenu. For example, to get the leadership quotes, mouse over Leadership on the white bar and click the Leadership Quotes on the submenu. There are over 700 quotations there in the large file. Carl uses this list for his writing and speaking. The quotes are opened in a separate window in your browser. Close that window to return to the website.

If you want the entire quotation list, select the All Quotes option on the Home menu option. The list is printed in keyword order. The selections from the other menu options will only give you a subset of the longer file, which has over 700 quotes. For example, keywords like “humor” and “inspirational” are related to quotes in the extended file.

At the present time, the software to update the file and/or correct typos is not working yet. We are working on that. The quotation file is stored locally as a table using Microsoft Access and uploaded periodically to the website MySQL database. The driver that does this uploading is not working now.

The Goal of the Dance -Julianne Hough and Apolo

Organizations or organizational “leaders” often try an aggressive type of “slash-and-burn” type of leadership to accomplish their goals at any cost, such as aggressive tactics in Congress to raise money to build a little-used airport or road that will bear the congressperson’s name. For long-term and any type of enduring difference, the compassion must be there—both at the personal and larger group level of those being led. A pastor, for example, is constantly trying to balance his or her time between ministering to the sick and broken in the church or mobilizing his people to bold visions and incredible adventures.

One of the most interesting examples of this was a session on Dancing with the Stars when professional dancer Julianne Hough was paired with the celebrity Olympic champion Apolo Anton. Julianne was a prodigy dancer, choreographer, teacher and singer and only 18 at the time. This was her first time as a professional dancer on the show. Apolo was an Olympic champion, having tied with one other person in the last Winter Olympics for the most gold metals. He was already training for the 2010 Olympics.

At their early dances, Apolo was very frustrated at not getting a 10 (the highest score) from each of the three judges. He was there to win and thought he was doing everything right. Both he and Julianne were highly competitive. Neither wanted anything less than the first place.

Eventually, the show gave us a camera view of the watershed rehearsal. Apolo was goofing off, making funny faces. Julianne was frustrated and disappointed in him for not seeing what she was trying to teach him.

“You want to win?” Julianne threw at him.

“Sure. I’m here to win.”

“You are not going to win like that.”

I saw what Julianne was telling him. In the Olympic race, the racer is focused on the goal. Nothing else is ever even seen but that goal. Everything is inward and anything not related to the goal at the end is shut out. The heart’s passion is to reach that goal as quickly as possible. That is all the athlete can dream about, see, taste, or hear. Nothing else matters. No relationships, an invisible audience, no relaxing. The goal is everything. Too often a pastor or Christian leader does the same thing.

Julianne was trying to tell him that to win here everything was exactly the opposite—he had to see that the dance was outward. You are telling a story, and the dance is poetry in motion that communicates and expresses a story that involves the deepest part of the heart—a message that is beyond words.

At the next dance it was obvious that Apolo had learned it. After long hours of practice with her, he had learned something. The crowd went wild with a standing ovation. For the rest of the competition, you saw the two beating with one heart and Apolo taking risk after risk in his dances and he got continued standing ovations. A few weeks later they stood together with his winning trophy. And Apolo was acknowledging that he was not the same person.

Neither was Julianne. She had created a field or place that not only led Apolo; but together they led the judges, audience, and television viewers into a story week after week. There was synergy, chemistry, and passion in their incredible dances.

This is what every leader today must do. He or she is not so much leading to a goal, but rather taking those led into a story that has romance and passion. And to do that, the leader must have a vision expressed as a Place, have a vulnerable heart, and show compassion. There is a profound relationship between the leader and those being led.

For a pastor, for example, this means it is not an academic or even a competitive goal of a larger attendance, bigger church budget, or a beautiful building that you are leading the congregation to embrace. The pastor is rather telling a story in action (and sometimes with words), the most incredible story ever told. The story is rich with romance, adventure, risk, and joy. If it is done right, people will choose to be a part of the journey and follow to join the story. Here is their final dance, choreographed by Jullianne. Can you see what this dance says? Who leads you in the dance? (I have a lady trying to lead me. – Who is your leader?)

(P.S. This is from Carl’s book: Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality. . Order the book (preferably from us!) share the Facebook, or read the Kindle.}

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Bringing Light

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
   and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
   and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
   and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
   and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Isa 60:1-3 NIV