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Let Your Light Shine

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others. (Matt. 5: 14–16)

The first section of this book has focused on lessons from Jesus that are primarily concerned with how we live our lives—how we lead ourselves. It is appropriate to close by addressing the lessons that others can learn from observing our example. In fact, the heart of leadership, in many cases, is the model that is provided by the leader. People pay a great deal of attention to what leaders do, how they live, and how they treat others.

This is a tremendous responsibility. Acting in shortsighted, self-serving, unethical ways will surely sabotage any attempt at positive leadership. Conversely, the visibility of leadership is a tremendous opportunity. We can project and amplify our positive leadership through our lives. We must walk our talk.

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Assisting the Handicapped 2

Saddleback Educational Publishing Saddleback Educational Publishing PDF



date ____________________________


A. These are symbols that everyone should recognize. They could be

especially important to someone with a handicap. Write a letter by each number to match each symbol with its meaning.

1. _____

2. _____

3. _____

4. _____

5. _____

a. elevator

b. handicapped

c. women’s, men’s restrooms

d. hospital

e. information

f. entrance / exit

g. ambulance

h. first aid

6. _____

7. _____

8. _____


B. Use your own observations, experience, and good judgment to answer the questions.

1. What is the job of a seeing-eye, or guide, dog? ________________________


2. What does it mean when a law guarantees disabled people “equal opportunity”? _____________________________________________________


3. What does it mean when a law guarantees “equal education” for the handicapped? _____________________________________________________

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1. Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?

Wheatley, Margaret J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?

Paulo Freire was a Brazilian and world educator who believed in people.

Many times he stated that we have “a vocation to be fully human.”

He demonstrated that when poor and illiterate people learned to think, they could understand what was causing their poverty. Once they understood this, they then acted powerfully to change their world.

His approach to education has been called a “pedagogy of love.”

But what does he mean that we have a vocation to be fully human?

The notion of vocation comes from spiritual and philosophical traditions.

It describes a “call,” work that is given to us, that we are meant to do.

We don’t decide what our vocation is, we receive it. It always originates from outside us. Therefore, we can’t talk about vocation or a calling without acknowledging that there is something going on beyond our narrow sense of self. It helps remind us that there’s more than just me, that we’re part of a larger and purpose-filled place.

Even if we don’t use the word vocation, most of us want to experience a sense of purpose to our lives. From a young age, and especially as we mature, people often express the feeling of life working through them, of believing there’s a reason for their existence. I always love to hear a young person say that they know there’s a reason why they’re here. I know that if they can hold onto that sense of purpose, they’ll be able to deal with whatever life experiences await them. If we don’t feel there’s a meaning to our lives, life’s difficulties can easily overwhelm and discourage us.

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Lead Without Blindness

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

They are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit. (Matt. 15: 14)

Jesus presents a simple commonsense idea in this passage. It contains a lesson that is well worth considering deeply by anyone who aspires to lead others. It raises important questions such as the following: Are you about to lead others blindly into a pit? Are your followers better equipped to lead themselves than to follow you? Do people who live with their problems day in and day out see their situation more clearly than anyone else? How blind are you to the real issues that need to be addressed in this leadership situation? Can you lead others to see their own situations more clearly so they can practice more effective self-leadership? Is the ultimate act of leadership to facilitate others so they can lead themselves? Is it presumptuous, maybe even preposterous, to assume that an external leader can exercise leadership that is more effective than that person’s own self-leadership?

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1 Get Started: Unlock Your Potential

Tracy, Brian Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.


This is a wonderful time to be alive. There are almost unlimited opportunities today for creative and determined people to achieve more of their goals than ever before. Regardless of short-term ups and downs in the economy and in your life, we are entering into an age of peace and prosperity superior to any previous era in human history.

When I was eighteen, I left high school without graduating. My first job was as a dishwasher in the back of a small hotel. From there, I moved on to washing cars and then washing floors with a janitorial service. For the next few years, I drifted and worked at various laboring jobs, earning my living by the sweat of my brow. I worked in sawmills and factories. I worked on farms and ranches. I worked in the tall timber with a chain saw and dug wells when the logging season ended.

I worked as a construction laborer on tall buildings and as a seaman on a Norwegian freighter in the North Atlantic. Often I slept in my car or in cheap rooming houses. When I was twenty-three, I worked as an itinerant farm laborer during the harvest, sleeping on the hay in the farmer’s barn and eating with the farmer’s family. I was uneducated and unskilled, and at the end of the harvest, I was unemployed once more.

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I. The View from the Brink: What I Can See from Here

Palmer, Parker J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Check the Cambridge Dictionary online, and you’ll find the phrase on the brink defined as “the edge of a cliff or other high area, or the point at which something good or bad will happen,” followed by this example: “The company was on the brink of collapse.”1

I’m not sure why most uses of the phrase are negative—as in on the brink of giving up, or losing my mind, or going to war—even though it can be used positively. Perhaps it’s because, deep in the reptilian brain, we’re afraid of falling from heights or crossing boundaries into the unknown. But isn’t it possible that we’re on the brink of flying free, or discovering something of beauty, or finding peace and joy?

As I said in the Prelude, I like being “on the brink of everything” because it gives me new perspectives on my past, present, and future, and new insights into the inner dynamics that shape and drive my life. The essays in this chapter explore a few inner-life findings that have taken me by surprise in recent years. Some of them have been humbling; all of them have been life-giving.

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chapter four the second secret: leave no regrets

Izzo, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

—Bertrand Russell

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe

What is the one thing we will NOT regret at the end of our lives? I am not sure how I would have answered this question before having these conversations, but I am certain that now I would answer differently.

Regret is possibly the one thing we all fear the most; that we might look back on our lives and wish we had done things differently. In my experience from the last 30 years, validated in these interviews, death is not what we fear the most. When we have lived life fully and done what we hoped to do, we can accept death with grace. What we fear most is not having lived to the fullest extent possible, to come to the end of our life with our final words being “I wish I had.”

So, if we want to find true happiness and purpose in life we must embrace the second secret: leave no regrets. To leave no regrets we must live with courage, moving toward what we want rather than away from what we fear. To leave no regrets we must overcome the inevitable disappointments that life hands us.

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15. Mixing Fun and Business

Crenshaw, Dave Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Are you unhappy with your job? Do you feel like your manager doesn’t respect you? Do you feel like the CEO has no clue about what’s going on at your level in the company? If so, you’re not alone.

So many workers imagine the “perfect” work environment and strictly affix their notion of happiness to that ideal. They make the pinnacle of happiness and well-being contingent upon how well their current job lines up with the model that they’ve created in their mind.

A recent Gallup survey found that only about one-third of US employees consider themselves engaged at work. This means that about two-thirds could care less — or are even hostile — about the work they’re doing and the company they’re working for. It’s even worse outside the United States, with over 80 percent of employees in the disengaged category. Yet companies with highly engaged workforces outperform competitors by 147 percent.

Each year, Fortune magazine enlists the aid of the Great Place to Work Institute to compile the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Companies covet and seek membership in this rare group. Talk about a recruiting boost! For all employees who work for the companies on the list, the phrase “this is a fun place to work” most highly correlated among all survey statements with this phrase: “Taking everything into account, I consider this a great place to work.”

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Chapter 6: The First Key: Pay Attention

White, Kimberly Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


In this book, we have been talking about the shift, the tremendous change in perception and relationships that occurs when we stop seeing people as objects and start seeing them as people. We finally have enough background to talk more about how the shift happens.

The bad news is, the shift isn’t something we can do automatically. It’s not like flipping a switch; we can’t do it just by wanting to or recognizing that we should. And often we find ourselves highly resistant to switching (I sure was) when our troubled relationships are complicated or strongly entrenched. The good news is, that doesn’t mean we can’t make it more likely.

If we see people as objects when we are self-absorbed, then the key to seeing them as people is to stop being self-absorbed. To some extent this is easier said than done (there’s a self-perpetuating enjoyment to focusing on myself) but we can take steps to facilitate the shift, and the next six chapters will explore them. The simplest is just this: be around people and pay attention to them.

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Choice 17: Body Work 101: Massage and Beyond

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Body work is an umbrella term for the many techniques, both ancient and modern, that promote relaxation and treat ailments through lessons in proper movement, postural reeducation, exercise, massage, and various forms of bodily manipulation.

The Medical Advisor, Time-Life Books73

There are many healthy and enjoyable body-centered choices that you can make every day to practice emotional discipline. In this chapter I will share some body work possibilities that involve receiving therapeutic “manipulative” treatments, such as massage, from trained professionals. In the next chapter I will address body work via healthful forms of physical movement such as Tai Chi.142

It had been a long day and Alicia felt tight and tense as she drove out of the parking lot. She was not going directly home today; instead she had scheduled one of her favorite self-renewing activities. Soon she found herself relaxing face down on a padded table as her masseuse began to work on her neck and shoulders with a firm kneading technique. This was Alicia’s favorite part. She focused on every relaxing and pleasurable sensation, vividly logging the experience into her memory for future use when stress would strike again. And as she drifted into deeper and deeper levels of relaxation, she could feel her muscles completely let go as the stress seemed to drain out of her entire body.

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Principle 8: Be Perfectly Imperfect

Treasurer, Bill Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


Nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t seem to stop people from trying. And why not? There are lots of good reasons for wanting to be perfect. Some professions, for example, greatly benefit from their inherent perfectionism. This is especially true of professions where the consequences of mistakes would be catastrophic, where the human or the financial costs of errors are simply too great to bear. Indeed, the higher the potential for catastrophe, the more necessary and warranted is the perfectionistic behavior. Consequently, among the most perfectionistic people you’ll ever meet are bridge-building engineers, skyscraper architects, nuclear physicists, software engineers, and brain surgeons. I, for one, thank God for that. If you ever had the misfortune of requiring brain surgery and had to choose between a pursed-lipped, anal-retentive surgical tactician or a giddy, free-wheeling improvisationalist, who would you choose?

The trouble with perfectionism is that it impedes our ability to take risks. Perfectionists are better suited for mitigating risks than for taking them. This mostly stems from their almost obsessive preoccupation with anticipating what can go wrong. Perfectionists are prone to “catastrophizing,” focusing on worst-case scenarios in order to account for, and control, every possible negative outcome. This, in turn, lends itself toward a doom-n-gloom outlook when facing a risk. Thus, risks themselves are seen through a prism of negativity that not only makes the risk-taking experience unenjoyable, but through the power of expectancy often sets it up for failure as well. Which brings us to Right Risk Principle 8: Be perfectly imperfect. Here you will look at some of the ways that perfectionism interferes with risk-taking, and why making a commitment to being perfectly imperfect is one of the best things you can do while pursuing, and taking, your risk.

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CHAPTER 11 Cultivating Gratitude

Senn, Larry Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.


I recently watched a YouTube video called “The Power of Words”—one that more than 25 million other people had also watched.19 It shows a man sitting on a city sidewalk with a tin can for donations and a sign reading, I’M BLIND PLEASE HELP. Passersby come and go, but very few make a donation.

Then a woman comes along. She looks at the man’s sign, thinks for a minute, then flips it over and writes a new message on it.

Almost immediately, the donations dramatically increase. The blind man is both confused and amazed to hear the shower of coins landing at his feet and in his can. When the woman returns later in the day, the man asks her, “What did you do to my sign?”

She replies, “I wrote the same—but in different words.”

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Chapter 8: Love Anyway

Morsch, Gary Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


Love your enemies.

Jesus of Nazareth1

Watching the news about the U.S. war in Iraq, I became resigned to the fact that I would get the inevitable phone call, as happened during the war in Kosovo. It came in January 2004: “Sir, we’ve received orders on you, and you’re being sent to Iraq.”

Because I had expected to get called up, I’d been meeting with the folks at Heart to Heart and also with Docs Who Care, a medical group that provides emergency room doctors to small, under-served communities. Even though I knew the order was coming, the two weeks’ notice certainly helped get my priorities in order!

Pre-mobilization occurred at Fort Bliss, Texas, and included anthrax and smallpox vaccinations, weapons practice, briefings, equipment procurement (including a gas mask and chemical protective suit), a new ID card containing DNA samples for identification, and tons of paperwork.

With mixed emotions, I headed for Iraq. When I was deployed as an Army Reserve doctor to Kosovo, NATO bombings had brought the hostilities between the Albanians and the Serbs to a standstill. Things remained tense, but the war was not raging as it was in Iraq. I shed many tears as I said goodbye to my wife and children, my family and friends, my church and the terrific people with whom I work. But, while my heart was heavy, it was also full of love and life and peace and purpose. To be honest, I felt excited and enthusiastic.

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3 A Melted Heart

Smith, Seth Adam Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The notion that our lives are like the eternal cycle
of the seasons does not deny the struggle or the joy,
the loss or the gain, the darkness or the light,
but encourages us to embrace it all—and to find
in all of it opportunities for growth.


One morning, the Selfish Giant woke up to music so sweet that “he thought it must be the King’s musicians passing by.” In reality, it was the singing of a little bird in his garden—a sound that signified the coming of spring, and one he had not heard for many years. He ran to his window and “saw a most wonderful sight.”

The children had discovered a hole in the wall and had crawled back into the garden. And, as if by magic, anything that the children touched burst into life. “The birds were flying about and twittering with delight, and the flowers were looking up through the green grass and laughing.”

Seeing this, the Giant’s heart melted and he cried out, “How selfish I have been!” Although the Giant had built what he had imagined to be an impenetrable wall, the children had found a way to come back. The stony wall around his heart was eventually penetrated by the love and humanity of others.

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Chapter Seven: Make Continual Course Corrections

Tracy, Brian Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs,
and how we meet it determines our
future happiness and success. Since the
beginning of time, every form of life has
been called upon to meet such a crisis.


Problems, difficulties, and setbacks are a normal, natural, and unavoidable part of life and business. When you set a new goal or launch toward a new destination, you will experience challenges and difficulties that you never expected or anticipated. But the true test of character is the inevitable and unavoidable crisis. Your ability to solve problems is important, but your ability to deal with crises largely determines your success or failure in life.

It is estimated that the average person today experiences a crisis every two to three months. This can be a business crises, financial crisis, family crisis, physical crisis, or personal crisis of some kind. This means that each person you know, including yourself, is either in a crisis today, has just gotten out of a crisis, or is just about to have a crisis.80

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