Let’s Talk

The value of communication cannot be over estimated. It is the bridge over troubled waters of policy, conflict, and international tension. The absence or termination of dialogue leads to speculation, conjecture, and misconceptions of each other’s motives and reasons of behavior.

I know the political posturing of severing ties to rogue regimes by way of ceasing all communication is to bring a delegitimizing to the wayward administration. However, I rarely see the profit and the goal being reached in such a foreign policy.

The current Singapore Summit is proof of this. I know this will sound a bit unprofessional, but please humor for a moment. Someone finally picked up the phone and made a call and said “Let’s talk!”

We all understand this principle applies to marriage and all relationships for that matter. Communication improves the quality of relationship, and if an agreement cannot be reached, at least, dialogue leaves the separation at an amicable place.

Relationships never grow without the fertilization of words and they never get sprayed into the garden of lives without first – communication.

If there is tension, a rift, or a feeling of estrangement with someone, pick up the phone and say “let’s talk.” I believe you will be glad you did.

Have a wonderful day world.

Reuben Egolf

A Motivator Called Habit

The power of habit is a motivator for trust.

Why don’t people question or wonder if the sun will rise in the morning? It has erased all questioning, wonderment, and second guessing by the power of habit. When we as leaders are habitual in our ethical practices, we will erase all suspicion and wonderment concerning our motives. Habit is produced and exercised from our character and is motivated by our core values and principles. Our belief system and code of conduct is what propels our actions in a consistent manner. Habits are repetitions of action that have become knee-jerk responses from the well worn grooves in our minds.

Habits are not a destiny, but they are the means by which a destiny is achieved. The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, becoming more productive, facilitating social change, becoming a better leader, and achieving success will be by habit. Once leadership consistently makes decisions that are ethical, and this pattern is imprinted on the minds of the citizenry, then leading that nation, community, or city will be the result of the force of character. When people trust leadership, the morale and mood of the country improves, and a calmness will ensue.

People like leadership to be predictable. They want to know that every time they can trust them to make the moral decisions with the public’s best interest at heart.

Predictability in leadership is not boring but a consistent pattern of behavior that captures the whole of society and moves them forward. Habitual moral and ethical behavior will silence the critics without wasting time in debate. Integrity will embarrass the irresponsible attacks of the opposition. In other words, character and integrity leaves such giant footprints that it swallows the shallow meaningless attacks of those looking for a little hill to make a mountain out of it.

Leaders should always remember that it is easier to maintain character than to rebuild a reputation.

Fame is a vapor,
Popularity an accident.
Riches take wings.
Only one thing endures,
Character.  – Horace Greely

Reuben Egolf

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Leading Nations Begin with the Heart

We live in a world that boasts of being civilized, and yet the same cyclical perpetuated problems still cause many nations to implode into the same quagmire that has been present for centuries. Corruption, mismanagement, and runaway debts hinging on the back of irresponsibility, infest our economies and standard of living like a pandemic disease.

The temptation is to throw in the towel and say what will be will be. However, something rises up in many of us and declares things can be different. The fight is worth it, and the efforts of preserving human value never goes out of style.

A leader who governs must first have been governed. If he has never been under authority, and learned the beauty of subjection, then he will abuse power to build self instead of using it to build a nation. A coddled soul, a privileged person, and one who has not yielded to a power above itself, are all ingredients of abusive power. Voters must educate themselves in who is running for office. What kind of person are they… their track record… agenda… and never forget that character matters. What they do is who they are, not what they say.

Greed has corrupted more minds than anything else. True hearts of compassion that looks at their nation and says what can I do to serve, protect, and help the people is much better than one saying how do I become popular, what’s in it for me, and personal security.

Leaders who base decisions on facts and not feelings produce a stable and trusted environment. That requires the inner core of the person to be tethered to the pylons of ethics and morality.

What are some ethics to insure stability and produce an equilibrium between justice and fairness.

Honesty – Keeps Promises – Loyal – Law Abiding – Respects Others

Below is a true story of what a real leadership heart should look like. 

Over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of tired and battled weary soldiers. They were digging what appeared to be an important defensive position.

The leader of the group wasn’t making any effort to help. He just shouted orders and threatened to punish the group if the work wasn’t completed within the hour.

“Why aren’t you helping?” the stranger asked on horseback.
“I’m in charge! The men do as I tell them,” said the leader. He added “Help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”
To the mean leader’s surprise the stranger got off his horse and helped the men until the job was finished.

Before he left the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the confused leader.
“You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men – and I will provide a more permanent solution,” the stranger said.

Up close, the now humbled leader recognized General George Washington and was taught a lesson he would never forget!

Reuben Egolf

.A nation becomes beautiful on the outside when there is stability on the inside

Nations Rise and Fall on…

Nations fall apart when leadership  is weak in ethics and values. It weakens the inward moral compass to become an unreliable source of direction, and eventually dashes the national vessel against the rocky shores of destruction.

Don’t mistake the lack of values to lack of intelligence. Many despots have been educated in some of the greatest Universities on the planet. However, they were instructed on how to manage resources and build PR campaigns, but were never instructed how to manage their personal life. They never learned the truth of how important personal ethics and values would be in the effectiveness of their leadership.  Learning the mechanics of governing or managing is one thing, but developing one’s character is quite something else.

To leave a lasting legacy on future generations; it will require a moral code of ethics that are adhered to.

The inward establishment of moral principles and ethics act as a security system. It alerts and sounds the alarm when outward temptations and circumstances assail our lives with the purpose to compromise ethical standards. These outward pressures can threaten our positive influence by significantly reducing our willpower, common sense, and better judgment. These honorable principles safeguard us from personal intruders shaped in the form of our own human frailties, that cause us to rationalize immoral behavior and take ethical shortcuts. Eventually we feel justified and everyone else is the blame for the failure, and the exploitation of people becomes the norm.

How a person treats those who can do nothing for him, will demonstrate the inward character of the individual.

The inner life of a future leader must be developed first before the mechanics and processes of leadership. If we do the latter first, pride and ego will mushroom into a tyrant of using people as pawns to achieve a selfish vision. The legacy ends when the leader dies in such a case. If a future leader develops the inner-self into a concrete foundation of unwavering adherence to the high standard of morals which dictate right and wrong, and valuing others as superior to any material object. Then, ALL people will benefit and a legacy will be solidified for generations to come.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn

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New Leadership Principles

The first day on the job, in a new position, or another department with a company can be exciting, but too often is short-lived. The reception is usually a warm and friendly acceptance along with a degree of enthusiasm. In this temporal experience we can make assumptions that will lead us to a frustrating future leaving us wondering where we went wrong when we appeared to start so well. There are mistakes we make as leaders by basing decisions on a false premise. Here are some observations that may help us avoid pitfalls.

Ron Edmonson listed some pertinent issues a new leader will face.

Assuming people trust you before they really do. New leaders often gain a window of approval. Everyone appears nice to the new person. People will appear excited to have a new leader on board – or at least pretend they are until they learn whether they really are or not. Either way, people in the early days can often make a new leader feel very loved and very popular. While this is indeed a blessing, the leader must understand trust is not the same thing as popularity. Trust is almost never granted simply by arrival or by position. It must be earned over time and experience.

 

Bashing the past while attempting to get to the future. When you make fun or speak badly of days gone by you often alienate people who were there before you arrived. When you talk about the mistakes of the past – even if they are obvious – you are often talking about the people you are now trying to lead. They may not have even made some of the mistakes themselves, but they were there when they were made. They remained through them and when you diminish the past you’re diminishing them or their loyalty. Don’t forget the past – good or bad – is a part of their personal story.

 
Assuming nothing good was done before you got there. In reality there were probably lots of good things done in the past. It’s arrogant to think otherwise. They may not be experiencing their best days now – and, that’s probably part of the reason you are there – but, you’ll be better off to help people rediscover some things which were done well than to ignore any good that ever happened before.

I’ve made these mistakes and can attest to the veracity of this observations. Human tendency is to be excited at something new and fresh. However, once the newness wears off, we begin to see what time and relationship begin to expose. The wedding bliss loses its butterfly feelings when the spouse begins to exhibit things that familiarity no longer overlooks. But, this is when commitment becomes our stabilizer and keeps the overall vision alive and we press on to our goals.

As a leader in a new position, operate with patience. Assess the environment and expect resistance but don’t self-inflict unnecessary obstruction through immature decisions based on the temporal emotions of the present ignoring the inevitable conflicts of changing opinions. Don’t be swayed and played by flattery, but keep focused on the task at hand and adjust your attitude to operate with tact and wisdom. When we lose our pride we nullify the power of offense and retaliation for our feelings being hurt or our insecurity being challenged.

Dr. Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

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Burundi an Emerging Success

The United States Global Leadership Council represented by it’s Chairman Reuben Egolf and Vice-President Everett Hershey had the privilege of visiting Burundi in how they could successfully co-labor in building infrastructures. One of the members of the USGLC, Andrea Sabino, CEO of Vernon Capitol made the trip also to help create opportunities for exports.

We had read the reports and news that Burundi was unstable and violence was a norm. NOTHING could have been further from the truth. Amb. Albert Nasasagare, chief protocol officer and senior advisor to the President took us on a tour of the country, and peace was obvious and the mood of the people were hopeful for their future.

The privilege was ours to be invited to participate in a Community Action Day led by His Excellency, President Pierre Nkurunziza. He led by example by picking up a shovel and scooping cement for an assembly line of people passing it to its destination. The Burundian people are taking responsibility for the nation and determining their own destiny.

Burundi is building and now is the time for investors and corporations to take a serious look at this emerging market of growth.

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Leadership Encouragement and Wisdom

Don’t waste time being drawn into tabloid triviality disguised as pertinent issues. Focus on the issues, goals, and strategy laid out to get there. Speak about what matters. What you address, your words give power to. There are a lot of dead things now alive because someone chose to waste their time and give power to it.

Every challenge doesn’t need debated. A lion doesn’t run around every time a dog barks. Choose your battles wisely and chart your own course not letting the media set your agenda.

Always be humble but don’t mistake that for weakness. Humility is your greatest asset as a leader. The greater the pressure, the greater God’s strength will be demonstrated. God’s power flourishes in the garden of humility producing a fruit of lasting stability.

Be diligent and vigilant. Power-hungry wolves circle the seats of power in a never ending parade. Some people come into your life as a Blessing and others come into your life as a Lesson. Learn to discern the difference.

Give– but don’t allow yourself to be used.
Love– but don’t let your heart be abused.
Trust– but don’t be naïve.
Listen to others– But don’t lose your own voice

Leadership becomes a reality when a mindset shifts from being a victim to creating results and taking ownership of decisions. 

 

Reuben Egolf 

Chairman

United States Global Leadership Council

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Proper Motivation

We all have yielded to the temptation of trying to force someone into compliance to what we think or expect. The harvest of this fateful decision always ends up in feelings of frustration and exasperation. But we have to come to the conclusion that no matter how much you want to, you can’t force everything.

You can’t force people to agree with you.
You can’t force someone to see things from your perspective.
You can’t force people to share your values.
You can’t force your boss to give you a promotion.
You can’t force someone to believe in God.

The question becomes – what do you do?

Sit in silence, believing that you can’t make a difference? Or instead of trying to force people, do you find ways to influence, motivate, encourage and inspire them. Of course, you won’t be able to change everyone’s viewpoint. But you could change one.

If you’re a leader, you’re at your least effective when you try to force people to do things your way. And at your most effective when you are able to efficiently influence, motivate, and inspire your team, staff, and colleagues.

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When we try to change others through force, it indicates our weakness of insecurity and doubt concerning the talents we claim to have. Tools must be trusted to handle the job we employ them to do. If I am a leader then I have to believe the skills of tact, networking, positive attitude, persistence, and patience  are enough to persuade without a dictatorship approach that wields position as a battering ram.

When people are motivated instead of forced, then morale improves and efficiency grows.

Reuben Egolf

Beginning from the Ground Up

In our microwave world that wants instant results, we must know its OK, perhaps even preferable to grow slowly. Let me encourage you today that if you feel you are moving at a snails pace, at least you eventually do laps around the person refusing to move off the couch. I know the temptation to believe EVERYTHING should have the capacity to be microwaved into completion circumventing the baking process, which is the result of our technological age. However, there are some things in life that technology will never be able to accelerate to fruition and get the sustainable results necessary for its function. One of them being – the maturation of the spirit, soul, and heart of a person.

2nd Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2nd Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice they are to be increasing and growing and not a onetime experience. People try a lot of shortcuts. Some look for an emotional experience — “If I just get this `certain experience’, then all my problems will be solved and I will be a mature Christian.” Other people say, “If I just go to this seminar…. If I just read this book… If I just listen to this tape…” A doctor cannot prescribe to me an instant pill to take for seven days and I’m going to be spiritually mature. It takes time. It takes an intentional pursuit. It won’t come automatically, instantaneously, or quickly.

Pointers to help in this process

Read the Word every day and meditate allowing the Holy Spirit to excavate the strata’s of God’s revelation for your life.

Remain patient in all things by permitting God’s Word to rule instead of emotions.
Understand the importance of digging deep and building a strong foundation for the future. The perceived drudgery in the now will turn into a sustainable and viable future.

The hard work put into the foundation gives opportunity for something beautiful to be built upon it.

Stop comparing your progress with those around you. You were not created to be a clone of someone else. You have been uniquely crafted for a specific purpose. If all you do is try to be like someone else, you will risk never being you and no one will ever know you existed.

When you stop trying to impress everyone, the more impressive you will become!
Don’t compromise your character or values in a quest for a quick fix. Good things are worth the wait… don’t settle for less when a little waiting gets the real prize.

Be grateful for the progress you have made so far. Be thankful and enjoy the journey. Don’t be so fixated on a place in the future that you never take notice to the beauty around you in the present.

Reach out and encourage others on their journey. Realize that the world is much bigger than you. When my world becomes bigger than me – my horizons broaden.
Remember that what seems like a long time now, will seem like a fleeting moment in the context of eternity.

Reuben Egolf

Unfortunately, people are remembered for the sum of their accomplishments but defined by their singular failure. Build such a life that is filled with integrity that your past failures are buried by the successes.