Dear Son, be very careful when you listen to or read what the gurus say and write. Look closely at their personal lives. Determine for yourself if they practice what they preach or if they are simply entertainers with exceptional salesmanship.
The great ones, full of integrity, are extraordinarily rare, because most gurus, sadly, are just trying to pay their bills.
My friend claims he has something no one else on his team has. He said it’s so important, and unusual, yet it goes completely unrecognized, and instead, he claims, it actually is misinterpreted as a bad quality, thus causing unwanted tension. Maybe he’s wrong.
While bravery and vision are critical leadership characteristics, patience is perhaps the most under rated. Get results. Fast.
Like diet and exercise. Like focused and disciplined study. Like daily prayer and meditation. Eventually, the tree of your labor blossoms and bears fruit. But not before it’s time. Ever.
Dear Son, the truth hurts and it sets us free. Most people see politics as a negative. It is if you see it that way. It’s also an asset, if you see it that way.
Your challenge is to figure out how to be politically correct without sacrificing or compromising your integrity or reputation. This will often feel like more work than it’s worth.
Dear Son, leadership is a tricky business. You are surrounded by people who, although unspoken, want the next promotion or cool assignment as much (or more) as you.
This creates the paradox of politics. A necessary evil. A necessary good.