Handling the Inevitable in Leadership

When choosing a president or any person in leadership capacity, watch how they act under pressure. How a person acts in the fire is who they really are. Good leadership has a quality that is indispensable. It must be able to handle criticism without immature responses and knee-jerk emotional outbursts. Leadership carries an expectancy – the person is mature, stable, and calm in troubled waters. National leadership should never be synonymous with political punditry or ideologue. When at the helm a person must be able to gather from multiple voices and educated opinions of trusted sources and then make a quality decision based on principle and truth.

Never make decisions established on political pressures, financial accruement, or vengeance as a payback for wounded ego.

Sometimes we have to walk away from the pressures of decision making instead of caving and making rash premature decisions. Temporal satisfaction that we made a Johnny-on-the-spot executive move does not compare to the long-term failure and loss of legacy. It’s better to weather the criticism of not moving fast enough and later enjoying the quality of a decision well-made than the other way around.

When it comes to criticism here is some pointers to keep ourselves stabilized in an unstable environment. If the criticism is false, disregard it. If it is unfair, keep yourself from being irritated. But, if it is true, learn from it.

When we sneeze, all of the germs in us spread and infects everyone around us. The same is true about our reactions and character and especially when one is in a leadership position. How we respond spreads infectiously to everyone around us which sets the tone and atmosphere of the company and nation depending upon which position we are in.

Remember, as a leader, you are no longer standing idle on the shore making no waves. Every action you make, is like tossing a stone in the middle of a pond causing a ripple effect throughout the entire body of water. Whether it is positive or negative is up to the leadership.

Never act without thinking. Never continue to think without acting.

Just a little musing today concerning the search for quality leadership in the world today.

Reuben Egolf

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A Balanced Leader

A voice of balance needs to arise. One that can build a bridge over the chasm of tension, division, and discontentment in order to lead without polarizing the issues. An individual operating in the lofty heights of a statesman where convictions supersede the whimsical winds of fickle mindedness. A voice that refuses to lower its rhetoric into the cesspools of ideological quagmires of pettiness where solutions are not the goal and benefits are derived from upheaval more than from real answers.

Where is the statesman that does not perceive the democrat views as ALL wrong and the republican side as ALL right and vice versa? There is a person needed who is baptized in moral uprightness and not in party affiliation.

One who can weigh arguments of both sides without predetermining the answer based on the party name, but instead on the substance of the issue.

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Leadership of this capacity is needed like never before. A person of balance who is the opposite of a swinging pendulum that oscillates between personal interests and the loudest opinion of the day.

A steady hand on the wheel of a nation, a voice of reason, and a calm persistence that roots itself in the belief that whatever benefits the citizens, is worth fighting for. The leader whose words are congruent to their actions, and the inward pillars of principle remain intact regardless of the turbulent politics assailing them.

My hope is that honesty, integrity, and vision be found in you as a leader. The world is looking for you.

Reuben Egolf

 

Say What You Mean… Mean What You Say

I can say I’m sorry a hundred times… I love you over and over… but if I do not demonstrate what I am saying, my words mean nothing. Don’t lie to satisfy the person for the MOMENT, because the pain you cause them in their future can last them a LIFETIME.

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Speaking truth consistently becomes a soil that produces trust. Once trust is constructed then success is experienced. Words that correspond to action creates a reputation which is a technical term for a good name. A name that is honored is not the result of a magical appearance or a voila moment but the diligence invested by good character.

It’s rewards is a favor that precedes one’s arrival swinging the door of opportunity open wide for access. Consistency is key and worth every sacrifice and effort. It can take a year to build such a powerful influence but seconds to destroy it. Always weigh the immediate gratification to the long-term repercussions of such actions. You will be glad you did.

Reuben Egolf

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Education and Morals

Are there any answers to the violence that is becoming prevalent today regardless if it is being perpetrated on people by a rogue government or violent protests? What about mass killings by lone operatives or genocide carried out by a regime? What leads to such unthinkable tragedies? 

Are their cultural environments conducive to bad behavior?

Of course there is. Racial, religious, and ethnic intolerance is found in every culture and nation of the world to some degree. Things grow because there is soil to sustain it. If you change the soil then what is produced changes. Changing the soil through proper education and the instilling of morals will create a culture of valuing each other which in turn produces a bedrock for societal cohesiveness. A fish thrives in water because it is an environment that contains everything it needs to survive. Take the fish out of its environment and it dies. Will racism and all forms of bigotry be totally eradicated? No, but we can have an environment that creates little to no possibility for growth, thus isolating their perspectives and ideologies beyond the moat of reasoning. This will translate into loss of influence and opportunity for these who propagate such intolerable thinking leading to despicable behavior.

The importance of education is indisputable in its value to constructing a generation. Information becomes the hinge that swings the door of opportunity to a land of progress. However, as with all things in life, this demands balance, because when educating people and yet forgetting the instruction of morals is inadvertently creating a danger to national and international stability. Think about Nazi Germany as an example. It was the land of some of the most educated minds and technology such as Einstein and Mercedes-Benz, yet it produced a Hitler. Educators today must realize the importance of serving students information and increasing their knowledge, but also assisting them in developing their character, which is necessary in being a positive contributor to society.

Reuben Egolf

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Mini-Series on Human Rights Part Two

Mini-series on the 30 Articles of Human Rights contained in the charter of the United Nations.

Article 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Is there a cause for human rights?

In a nation like America the subject of human rights seem to be distant from their everyday experience. They don’t feel like it is something that directly impacts the quality of their lives. We as citizens in the United States do not fear our government to imprison, persecute, and terminate our lives due to our expressing an opinion, or for our religious faith. Therefore, the subject of human rights appear abstract, foreign, and separated by great distance, and not much attention is given to it. The truth of the matter is that the violation of human rights affects us all and much more directly that we think.

How does it affect everyone?

Where human rights are violated it becomes the greatest abortion mill for human potential that there is. For example, sex trafficking enslaves a woman and aborts her potential and contribution to society and we all suffer as a consequence of her unreleased potential. How many vaccines, cures, and how many other medical and scientific breakthroughs to help human suffering have been terminated by violating human rights? A man who merely expresses his opinion concerning a government or about his faith is then imprisoned, beaten, and in many cases killed.  According to Amnesty International more than 1/3 of governments, 62 out of 160, locked up prisoners of conscience – people who were simply exercising their rights and freedoms. Another staggering statistic is that there are twenty even million people currently enslaved around the world. Can you imagine what is locked up inside a community of multiplied millions? There are many nations of the world who do not have twenty seven million people as a population, so in essence this an entire nation of people who’s potential is being withheld from the world.

If I am living with a terminal disease in Canada, and the knowledge for the cure was inside of a person who was killed twenty years ago in a country where his or her religious beliefs were not tolerated, then my future has been affected by it. That violation of their human rights has now directly affected and impacted my life.

What can be done?

Exposing things by media and social outlets are impactful in this day and hour. Persistently staying on topic and keeping human rights as a headline issue is imperative. By doing so through articles for newspapers, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and a host of others, it will create a reaction in the human heart of the readers. This creates an accountability for governments who have citizens becoming proactive and holding their leaders responsible to uphold the constitutions of their respective countries and human rights charter of the United Nations.

Become a part of an organization like the Human Rights Global Congress. They have goals of becoming a voice for every human regardless of race, ethnicity, financial status, or any circumstance they are in. HRGC is not an advocacy or lobbyist group being secretly funded for an organization’s agenda but objectively carrying the human rights of the United Nations as a right for ALL global citizens without partiality or favoritism. If you are a human-being then you deserve to live and be protected.

Incorporate teaching into our schools globally on human rights. Make it a required curriculum of study and engage the students in discussion. Help them understand the perils of the past, open their eyes to the present situation, and motivate them to become active for a different future. Make sure the curriculum is devoid of activist agendas, religious slants, and personal bias, but permit it to be conveyed objectively letting it stand on the human rights charter alone. By doing so, it dissolves the confusion between civil rights and human rights. Understanding the difference promotes comprehension of the value of human life.

A daunting task? Yes, but every goal being reached begins by taking the first step. We can’t afford another twenty years of aborted potential – let’s help it be released so all can experience the benefit!!!

Reuben Egolf

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Mini-Series on Human Rights Part One

Mini-series on the 30 Articles of Human Rights contained in the charter of the United Nations.

Article 1. 

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Have you ever tried to eat un-popped popcorn? Why does it pop? The kernels actually have moisture inside them. When the temperature rises, steam is created and eventually the shell can no longer imprison what’s inside anymore. Now it is able to contribute to your appetite and body.  When the atmosphere is right, then its potential is released. When you watch popcorn pop, you realize all of that was being held hostage inside. When honor becomes the national atmosphere, then freedom of expression can flourish and innovation emerges to improve society.

Freedom rides on the back of a culture that values all human life as equal regardless of color, race, religion, and ethnicity. A culture is the product of an environment where things grow or die. When citizens cease living under the threat of persecution for their skin color, religion, or social status, then the prison of fear is broken and exploration into a better future begins.

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Fish seem to be the dumbest creatures – they can’t walk, talk, use their hands, or fly…. But when I put it in water it swims better than any other creature on earth. Their genius emerges. When you put someone in the right environment there is no end to the possibilities. Innovation and development do not emerge where there is no equal value of human life.

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There is no room for tiered systems of human value in a civilized world. If a person is of a certain color they become expendable, or if they are of a different religious faith they deserve persecution. Leadership and governments of the world that promote such an ideology is divorcing their constitutions from the reality lived within their borders. 193 nations of the world have adopted the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. If truly adhered to… cultures and environments of the world will begin to see human potential unleashed to heights beyond the surly bounds of the status quo.

Reuben Egolf

A Little Advice from an Unknown Place

Is it irony or hypocrisy?

On Inauguration Day, the protestors are claiming President Trump is a threat to our lives comparable to the Nazis. Yet, they burned, destroyed, and vandalized businesses and put people in harms way in Washington DC.

The protestors claim that President Trump is filled with hate and yet they burn down the campus of Berkley and refuse to allow a person they disagree with to operate the American  right of free speech.

One Hollywood elite screamed through a microphone that Trump and his circle were the resurrection of devils, and Nazism was filling the atmosphere of DC. Meanwhile, her iconic music  friend expressed her thoughts of blowing up the White House.

This amazes me beyond comprehension. The message I receive as a bystander is… that the protestors are no different than the supposed enemy they claim to hate. It’s okay to blow up, murder, and destroy human lives and property, while simultaneously advertising myself and party as the example of tolerance?

I have found that the greatest hindrance to any message is hypocrisy which decimates integrity and removes the possibility of influence. Once I lose authenticity, my voice loses penetration in other people, resulting in no effect, motivation, or heart-gravitational-pull to the cause I am preaching. 

Many of us believe that wrongs aren’t wrong if it’s done by nice people like ourselves. ~Jason Rainbow

Advice to protestors.

Practice what you preach. Your actions need to be congruent with the message.

Speak coherently and minus the wild unsubstantiated claims that immediately turns people off to the authenticity of a message.

Come across (present yourselves) as professional with dignity and character instead of uncouth and extremely immature.

Engage at the right levels. Busting windows and burning limousines is engaging the wrong people with a method that is repugnant. Take the proper channels and dialogue with those who have the power to change things. Complaining generally is made to people who can’t help you. Take the initiative to operate lawfully and go up the food-chain and commit to the long-haul.

Have a voice of reason. Look at both sides of an issue and attempt to be fair. There are reasons why people believe what they believe. Checking it out and doing a little research never hurts. Because, aren’t we really trying to get to the bottom of the truth and having each others interests at heart.

AND, remember that screaming is a sign of insecurity. Confidence has a calm resolve that is convinced of truth and is not soon shaken by opposition or conflict.  

In closing, there is an old friend I don’t see much of anymore. He at onetime made up the difference when education was lacking, finances were waning, and the social ladder had yet to be climbed. He seemed to get people through tough times and was even known to diffuse a conflict or two. His name was none other than COMMON SENSE. I hope he stops by again.

Reuben Egolf

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Partnership – the Acceleration of Success

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9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
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12  And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 

If the enemy can isolate you he can terminate you. There is no plant, animal, or human being that can be fruitful by himself. Partnering with others is not an option it is a must if I expect to reproduce, multiply, and be effective. Think for a minute, through cross pollination fruit is born, through relationship babies are born. If I am going to be fruitful then I must have relationships. When we enter into relationship creating a partnership then I expand the opportunity to reach and impact more than if I remain isolated. For example, in our television ministry we have partners who financially support the program monthly. Without this partnership we would remain isolated to the community we are presently ministering in. However, with the partners we extend our reach and impact four states because we amassed partnerships. 

What God has given you as a vision cannot be birthed by yourself. 
Joseph had a vision produced by a dream and was gifted for the achievement but he lacked one other thing to make it a reality – partnership. He needed Potiphar and the chief butler in relationship to make it to the destination that God chartered for him. 

Too often we insist on being in competition than being in collaboration. 
Many people fail in fulfilling what God has mandated for their lives to accomplish, because they insist on doing it by themselves. The power of partnership is found in the ability to accelerate crossing the distance between inception and completion. One man rowing a boat will move at a snail’s pace while four men rowing in unison and rhythm will cover the distance and accomplish more and faster. 

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The person who doesn’t care who carries the ball just as long as the team gets the touchdown is a person who understands the mission. When one succeeds the entire team benefits. If I am a glory hound and my contribution is predicated on me getting the accolades, then I will sabotage others in my partnership and ruin relationship thus leaving me eventually on the sidelines with potential, but no way to express it. The purpose of the church must be the focal point for my desires and energy to be tethered to. I cannot be distracted by pride redirecting my focus to my neighbor, fearing their success could shield me from receiving praise. The church is not a competition but a collaboration of souls who have the mission set by Christ as their driving purpose of life. 

We must be wise in discerning the criteria of partnership. The five thousand who ate the fish and loaves were not the partnership but the twelve who ate around the table of intimacy were. Notice the difference. People can be in your presence but not your partners. The five thousand were takers but did not carry the benefit to others. A real relationship is a collaborative effort meaning it receives and gives. There are people who live under the auspices of marriage but are not in partnership. They share the same roof but not each other’s lives. There is a stark difference. A true partnership is not me coming to your table and consuming what you have prepared and nothing contributed from me. I may not be able to cook fish and bake bread but I own an advertising company that can help you expand your business. You nourish me and in turn I nourish you through making available the opportunity to profit.  

Unity is the condition reached when people recognize their own contribution is not the whole but a part. They understand the value of another’s gifting is necessary for completion and will do everything they can to enhance others to succeed. This kind of attitude will allow one to rest at night knowing the mission is being accomplished and the purpose is fulfilled. 

Let’s work together and see God’s purposes fulfilled!

Dr. Reuben Egolf 

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It’s About What You Do

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It is interesting that some of the greatest leaders of all time did not become influential after they were given a position. They were leaders who changed their world and left legacies of impact that are being felt even today.

 

Some of these would be people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus Christ, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and many others. The majority of these leaders did not have any formal position or authority. The lives of these leaders were not defined by their position. Yet, these leaders changed the course of history. Their leadership was defined by the impact they had on the lives of others. Leadership then is about what you do, not where you’re seated. Because, many sit in the place of position but do nothing. Leadership means a person is leading or functioning out in front, leaving a wake of influence in those behind them.

Depositing the vision, and winning the hearts of people, along with structuring a system of reproduction to carry the legacy becomes a lasting indomitable force in any movement.

Titles are simply the sign that define the function and responsibility of the individual occupying that position. However, we do not need a title or wait on a formal position to get something done. Start where you are! People are leading long before they possess a sacred chair of leadership. Leading doesn’t start in the position, it is a lifestyle of the individual.

 

Many wait a lifetime for a onetime experience to kick off their lives and miss the process of each day. A journey of thousand steps begins with one. Start where you are.

 

Dr. Reuben Egolf

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Restore our Dignity

”A guy looked at the Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the cost of that car. I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. That’s the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills”

It reminds me of my favorite saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” There is a mindset that ignores the blessing of reward. The satisfaction of receiving something in return for your investment of time and labor. Rewarding an individual who is idle is not helping but perpetuating the problem of no self-dignity and self-worth. It literally is below a man’s dignity to receive something for nothing as seen in the following.

2 Samuel 24:21-24
21  And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
22  And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
23  All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
24  And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Free tuition, free phones, etc.… feeds something dangerous called an entitlement mindset. Once something is given without being earned it is taken for granted and expected as something owed. The valuing of the thing received evaporates and the person’s respect for those who provided it dwindles as well.  This kind of system plays on the surface sympathies of the people while plundering the coffers of the wage earners, thus draining the well dry to maintain the swamp.

I believe a majority of Americans said this loud and clear at the polls on Nov. 8 2016. They said they were tired of having to pay for other people’s irresponsibility. They were tired of being penalized for being hard-working while others were provided incentives to remain on perpetual assistance. They were tired of the Hollywood elites and political ruling classes ramming values down their throats they don’t believe in. Make no mistake about it, the blue collar worker rose up and said we are tired of you making us work harder and longer to pay for your agendas that do not benefit us at all. Our politicians had started down a path of economic enslavement and the working class of America said we are not taking it anymore. Benefits without work… enjoying benefits without being a legal taxpayer… unethical medical burdening… political correctness running amok… separate laws for the privileged… loss of freedoms… government expansion… and this list is endless as the causes of the middle class symptoms of political sickness.

Politicians who never had a job or ran a business have little to know appreciation for the hard earned money of another. Their wasteful spending on the frivolous, rewarding of the indolent, and doing the bidding of the special interests was too much for the blue collar worker. This unfair treatment created an angst which motivated the silent majority to the polls to repeal the damaging onslaught and declare a mandate for a better future.   

It’s time for respect and dignity to find its way back into the American fabric of ideals and exceptionalism. It’s time for the snowflakes of college campuses to have parents who teach their children the values of a work ethic and reward upon investment.

Dr. Reuben Egolf