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Two sides of the same coin

Posted: April 24, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

What constitutes to be a superior leader? F. Marcos said: Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone (brainyquote). So, is it a head or is it a tail?

My lessons from “the other side of a coin” started when, together with my sons, we decided to go to the Mount Kilimanjaro. My decision had nothing to do with Kilimajaro being the biggest free standing mountain in the world or because it is the tallest mountain of the African continent and not even because it bares my name in it. I joined the idea because it was my long lived dream since the times I lived in Africa.

To climb the summit of 5.895 m in eight days via Lemosho route had to be planned well in advance as…

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Problem solving and Leadership

Posted: April 21, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

Broadly perceived “western” trap says: “Problem solving is the essence of why leaders exist to do.”
falling dominoesWhy is that false?

Like falling dominoes also the problems tend to accumulate fast? Most managers take short-cuts just to temporarily alleviate the most important tension points – just to be able to move onto the next problem. So, being unable to solve the core of each problem, the managers continuously get caught in the trap of a never-ending cycle thusly making it even more difficult to find any real resolutions. And these actions are draining all their energy and time resources.

Basically, we are trapped in the mentality that with all those problems we are facing  in our work and a private life it seems as if there is never enough time to solve them. On top of it along the way we face also some adversity by different people or activities. People…

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Leadership and succession

Posted: April 17, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

“A person who does not worry about the future will shortly start to worry about the present” is an ancient Chinese proverb.
leadership successionUnfortunately, still rare occurrence is leadership succession which is and should be too important to ignore.
A company CEO is irrevocably gone. Who will take his position? Or, the top executive is attracted by your competition. Is there anyone new ready to fill the role? What would you do: you may end up with an empty C-suite or, even worse, get an under qualified person to fill the job because simply there is no one better to take it over.
Transition period in the top management position may present quite hazardous times for companies. If the previous CEO has had significant and sound results a worry about his successor’s ability to maintain the same momentum will inevitably arise. To avoid a future crisis in leadership…

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Break Your Social Media Addiction, Without Completely Cutting Ties

Posted: April 14, 2014 by howdowefeedtheworldsstarving in Uncategorized

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Social media is a fantastic way to communicate and stay in touch with people from around the world, but it can also cause an individual to become too dependent, to the point that they are actually battling an addiction that adversely impacts their…

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Leadership and stability

Posted: April 13, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

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Old Chinese philosopherZhuangzi quoted Confucius: ‘Men do not use running water as a mirror; they only use the still water.’ Only things that are still in themselves can still other things.”
StabilityWhy the power of stability is so important? The ground on which we stand can hold up tall buildings, high trees, and us as well. Gravity pulls us to the center of our planet. The ground pushes back with precisely the same force, effortlessly in the opposite direction of gravity, and is therefore called the ground reaction force. No wonder grounding is considered so important in martial arts. It resists power and accepts energies. A stability lies within what one knows and how one lives his live each day.
Stability is not equal to rigidity. It is fundamental to all fighting techniques. The ability to control your movements, to develop, and to receive power…

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Leaders and Self confidence

Posted: April 11, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

Why, if self-confidence is so important in nearly all aspects of our lives, do so many people struggle with it?

child playing with the fatherA child playing with the father who throws him in the air: does a child laugh and ask for more? Then, when a child is high above your head you ask him “Would you be a star fighter pilot?”  Child won’t hesitate to say yes! However, why then most adults are so fearful of choosing a career that could provide them a professional satisfaction and leave those they are not satisfied with? Is it because of a vicious circle in which people who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to become successful and consequently self-confident?

self-confidenceIn martial arts, when you face the opponent your level of self-confidence is shown in many ways: by your posture, your movements, your reactions, your behavior during the combat, your body language and…

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Leadership By Virtue

There are two types of people—those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.”(Frederick L. Collins)
Communications are verbal but, equally, if not more important, are those that are non-verbal. This accounts to between 50 to 70 percent of all communication – facial expression, eye gaze, gestures, and tone of voice. The way you listen, look, move and react lets other people know whether or not you pay attention, if you are being truthful, and how well you are listening.
non-verbal communication

Martial arts are based predominately on non-verbal communications. Once I asked my teacher: “Shifu, when two great martial arts masters meet how do they recognize who is better?”

The answer was somehow astounding. He demonstrated first and then explained: “The difference between senses that Shifus have developed and senses other people possess are…

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Are Leaders Born or Made?

Posted: April 4, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

Leadership By Virtue

the chicken and the eggA timeless debate like the age-old controversy about “a chicken and an egg” is more or less applicable also to the question whether leaders are born or made. In the most texts I’ve so far read the prevalent answer is: a leader is born.
Personally, I’m more for a kind of the in-between position: early genetics shown in childhood is an imprint that is hard to undo. Later, learning and practice bring new qualities and dimensions to leadership. Statistically, leadership capability will definitively fall along the Gaussian distribution.  Some people are, indeed, born leaders but they still need a lot of work and learning to become true leaders and to get even better as they go along. At the bottom of the curve there are others who, no matter how hard they try, simply aren’t ever going to be leaders.  They just don’t have the innate wiring. All…

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What If Everyone Had YOUR Attitude?

Posted: April 2, 2014 by Jaro in Uncategorized

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Water ripple effect On March 16, 2013, I followed a twitter chat using #IAedchat. I really enjoy those because the moderator facilitates some provocative education conversations. That evening, one of the questions posed was–and I’m paraphrasing–“What is one of the best questions a school administrator could ask a potential teacher for his/her school?” Participants shared some great questions, but this one has stayed with me: “What would the schoolhouse be like if everyone had YOUR attitude?”

I don’t profess to be Susie Sunshine or Mary Poppins every day, but I try to remain positive 99.9% of the time. Even if I’m having a bad day or disagree with something or someone, I aim to keep any negative thoughts temporary. Venting stays within a close radius purposely! Additionally, I try to come up with a solution to address an issue…or accept the things that cannot be changed. When students or colleagues ask me how…

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