Category Archives: Off Topic

Off Topic – Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

THIS is a blog on leadership, but now and then, like today, it also serves as a soapbox.

Men, watch this video.          Now.          17 minutes.          You have the time.          Watch.

The initiation of force against another human is the fundamental evil.  Violence against those unable to defend themselves is still more reprehensible.

And now, make a commitment to taking a leadership role, for in the fine words of Martin Luther King:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

Note to Readers – I need your help.

I’VE just completed the draft manuscript for the first two chapters of my first book.  Now I’m looking for feedback.

The piece, whose working title is “It’s All About You” tackles a fairly broad subject… the meaning of life.  It’ll be self-published as eBook and print-on-demand, and will be available free of charge as a PDF.

If you are interested to review the work thus far (about 3,500 words), I’d love your help.

Reply below with your preferred contact or send me a PM to @MethodLead.

I’ll supply you with a link to download a copy of the draft and another for a feedback form.

I expect you’ll need an hour or so all up.

In appreciation, you’ll receive a credit as Draft Editor, of course a link back from my blog to yours, a free copy of the eBook when it’s ready, and, for what it is worth to you, my heartfelt gratitude.

We Shall Remember Them

Lest We Forget

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
For non-Antipodeans, today is ANZAC Day; set aside to remember and thank the fallen.  The poem is from the “Ode of Remembrance“, by Lawrence Binyon.

About the Method Leadership Masthead

THOSE of you who’ve been following this blog from its inception 6 weeks ago, (I think there’s two of you…), will have noticed how often the logo and the site have changed.  It’s been evolving towards something I’m getting happier with, (always the plan), though not quite there yet.

Perhaps I shouldn’t need to, but I’d like to explain the brand design as it stands thus far.

“Method”, is because I believe that there’s a specific way to enhance leadership skills.  Leadership is not some ethereal art that you’re born of “gifted” with.  Mostly it comes with experience, but you can target your experience by learning what you need to know, and where you need to develop.  Hence, you need a method.

“Leadership” is in parenthesis because the method applies to more than just becoming a better leader.  The things you need to be good at in leadership are (not coincidentally) the same attributes that lead to a happy and successful life.

“Lead Yourself.”  Because the only way you’ll ever lead anyone else is if you lead yourself first.  And, importantly, no one should be just a follower.

“Inspire Others.”  Because the focus should not be on leading, on having “followers”, it should be on inspiring those around you to engage with their life, their values, their goals.

The four essential attributes of good leadership are Independence, People Skills, Expertise, and Passion (see here).  I’ve distilled these concepts down to their essence, as:

THINK.  ENGAGE.  LEARN.  VALUE.

If you really Think for yourself, remaining focused on reality, not other people’s opinions, you are independent; in charge of your own destiny and ready for anything.

People Skills encompass knowing what makes people tick; being able to relate to and deal with all types of people, whether individually or in teams.  In short, good people skills mean you know how to communicate in all situations, which in turn means, you can successfully Engage with others.

Value.  To be passionate means highly valuing the material and spiritual goals you set yourself to achieve.  It means having the will to start and the determination to persist.  To be passionate means to highly value your values.

So, that’s it.  What do you think?

 

End It Movement

Off Topic – Slavery Still Exists

Watch the video.  Sign the petition.

Best,

Michael