Being Devout

If what you believe in is wrong, then it could be fake and you’re supporting the fake-ness in the world.

But that’s where faith comes in. Things that you believe can be quantified and measured, faith is indivisible, emotional and not based on logic. Faith is the knowing what you believe in is right even in the face of equally compelling viewpoints (God is on my side).

I believe in facts and honesty (to thine own self be honest) and I have faith there is a God and God gives me the strength to believe in facts and honesty because God is God and doesn’t care what anyone thinks, there is only the reality of what is.

 

Being right is about more then believing you’re right. It’s about being right regardless. The truth may not be what you can believe or accept, but it remains the truth regardless of what you believe or accept.

The world is flat, the earth revolves around the sun – people believed this at one time but they were wrong and it was corrected. Nowadays we wonder how they could have been so blind except such still happens on a lesser, non-cosmic scale.

The devout will put belief ahead of fact but that doesn’t excuse it. Facts must build belief, not the other way around lest we go sailing off the edge of the earth.

To be devout does not require or mean religion. It is something you fully believe in to the exclusion of all else.

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Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader?

Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader? 

One of the most popular Dilbert comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the company’s low profits. In response to his boss, Dilbert asks incredulously, “So they’re saying that profits went up because of great leadership and down because of a weak economy?” To which Dilbert’s boss replies, “These meetings will go faster if you stop putting things in context.”

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even great leaders can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds unique skills into an integrated whole.

 

When I was in high school I had a sociology class. The single biggest thing I remember from that was talk of people as leaders. It was demonstrated conclusively that there are people we think of leaders and there are also sub-leaders. Then there are followers. 

Leaders can formulate a plan of action at the strategic level, delegate authority and execute plans over the long-term. Sub-leaders can do the same but not over the long-term. Sub-leaders can lead but need someone to formulate the overall objective, someone to step up and pull it all together at the macro level, whereas sub-leaders are better at the micro level.

To put it another way, consider the military. Officers as leaders, NCO’s as sub-leaders and line grunts as the followers. This is the way it works inside the military and describes political, religious and commercial leadership.