Saturday, January 29, 2011

Questions on leadership

Questions that occurred to me in the course of 2 weeks in camp. Questions to ponder answers to.

1) What makes officers assume positions of leadership and authority? How do you ensure they carry themselves with dignity and responsibility? By the weight of the authority and powers vested in them? Then what motivates exemplary, selfless behaviour? What about personal pride and concern for others, do they come from within? Is it high EQ and good character that make excellent officers?

2) What do you do with people who don't work well with other people? If they don't take instructions well, how do you still bring them along and not leave them out? How do you bring them from "I" to "We" towards a common objective? Self-awareness is well, self-developed right, what about other-awareness and other-orientation? I guess it takes some other to come alongside to inspire this self to change.

3) Are you afraid of hard work, dirty work, dangerous work? Might we have a mantra where work and challenges are readily embraced? Rewards and recognition help to shape a culture that loves to work. Oh, not forgetting a revelation of the right perspective regarding self, others and the possibilities.

4) Do you lead by example and active involvement? When you do--or fail to do so--people remember it for years. A leader's presence--and absence--is tangibly felt, even on the ground. He sets the direction, the tempo and success markers. He engages positively and defines roles and expectations. A good leader is one who pulls and brings others up together with him. Realise this: one's solo efforts can bring success but with a leader's help, progress can certainly be spurred and hastened.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


"New triggers momentum," says Andy Stanley in his leadership podcast.

Instinctively we resist change. Change is risky. Change is costly. Change is uncomfortable.

We know this yet we squirm when change comes to us.

Through the years, we learn methods, ways and mechanisms to cope and make things work. We learn from experiences to spot problems and then solve and pre-empt them. We adapt, improve and gun for mission completion.

Then a fundamental shift happens. The bigger the shift, the deeper we got to adapt. At the depress of a finger, off we go, ricocheting into a spiral of buzz and activity.

What do we want to change into? Deja vu, we've asked this before. How do we get there? How do we get others to come along? Are you given the authority to initiate change? Have you an action plan and a set of clear objectives?

So...what makes one, person or agency, embrace change while another fight against it?


There is a time for change. Epochs mark human history. Separated by pivotal moments, borne by persistent individuals, directed by the Divine, are you ready when change comes?

It's easy to point out the failings of others, of your organisation, of your government. Question is, what are you gonna do about it? Do you have the unction of conviction and boldness and the Solution to "do something about it"?

Forty-nine weeks of the year remain. Still unclear what you should pursue? Whatever you have, write it down, tell someone about it, imagine it--your greatest wish--coming to pass. Then kickstart something to kick yourself in the direction of your dreams.

You need it. More than you might know.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


By Ji Lee

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Of Men and Leadership

If you had men to command, how would you lead them? 3 men? 10 men? 20 men? 100? 3000?

Structure, roles, expectations, planning, preparations, regulations, shared understanding, familiar faces, art of communication---ingredients for not just achieving objectives but building an enduring organisation of men to fulfil its mission.

Lessons along the way:

1) Separate planning from admin and define clear roles for each. Planning the direction forward and paving the way of advancement, while admin ensures the people are prepared and keeping in line. Different strengths and personalities serve the demands of each role. Can we expect one to be rotated to perform another?

2) Being decisive and involved is a function of risk-taking, focus and ownership. What makes someone step up to take the lead? What makes someone notice a need and resolve it? Is it independence of thought, innate sense of responsibility and the willingness to bite the bullet?

Be the change you want to see, it's said. Can a ripple of intent change effect progress in an established eco-system? Define your mental model first before you answer that. Transformation is kindled during pivotal moments, yet it takes persistence and progressive work to make it great.

Seek insight, wisdom and discernment of the season. Strength comes from clarity of purpose and commitment of hearts and minds. So build strength where it's needed.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Exalt Thee

Composed by Pete Sanchez Jr.

For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods

I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, O Lord
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, O Lord

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Getting Ready To Grow Up

What is growth?

Our physical bodies were programmed to grow into a shape, a structure, a system. What determines its growth pattern? Nourishment? The image set before it? The inner desire to grow? Sufficient space to grow in? Others who spur it to grow through their own growth?

What do we grow into? What do we want to grow into? What do you see yourself as? What do others see in you that you seem to underestimate? What triggers your growth?

What resonates with you? Bold, raw ideas? Comprehensive considerations? Words of piercing conviction? Encouragements and concern?

Having grown, we often forget how we used to be. Well the person we are is absolutely not the same as the person we were years ago.

That said, growth should be deliberate, focused and well...consistent. Don't be a two-headed monster or change for change's sake.

Keep looking forward. Keep growing.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

雨の味 (2008)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Does he love me?

Do you wonder if God truly loves you?

If you do--that God wants only the best for you--then why do we struggle everyday?

Do you know His heart? What He feels towards you, what He thinks about you, what He's trying to tell you?

If someone wished you "God be with you", do you wonder, isn't He already with me, or do you think, sure, that's up to God?

Is God passive? Does He wait for us to fulfil certain conditions before moving us along? Or is He actively working in our lives? Then what part do we play?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

The heart longs ever so faithful

A deep hunger within stirs, lulls, moans for satisfaction. Neglected and unsated, the same wounds and issues go unhealed and remain unresolved. In circles you go till breakthrough is wrought.

Now the heart is a funny thing. It cries, it laughs, it weeps, it calls for attention, it gets bored, it gets tangled in woes and worries. Draw on Life and let dreams fill you. Draw on pain and it will prick you.

Fire breeds passion. Iron sharpens iron. Faith inspires purpose. Surely one heart can gel and connect many others! Loose your vision, be specific and call others to might! Winsome wins hands down!

Inspiration. Desperation. In transition. Transformation.

Let your dream be revived and revved to fruition.