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THE LONELINESS OF SELF-LEADERSHIP

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True Leaders generally have only one follower, one person on their team;The Leader, The Follower, The Self Starter – they are  One.
LEADERSHIP Jan 1, 2016 Lee Broom.

 

THE LONELINESS OF SELF-LEADERSHIP 

 

I awoke this morning in a depression.

 

I awaken most mornings eager to greet the day, usually with notes scribbled the night before  while grinding freeze-dried coffee beans and running sparkling, crystal-clear water from the hills of the Ozarks over the crumbled, legumes, using two tall,  clear-glass cylinders, originally intended for floral displays.Voila:A  coffee maker of my design.

Today I had only the coffee to look forward to and the knowledge that those who work as I do in a home that is more of a writer’s laboratory than an abode, spend most of their long day alone. It was the  loneliness that convinced me to shut my eyes and snooze from six A.M. until nine.

I awoke again at 9:00 A.M.

I walked to the kitchen opened the freezer door, placed my head into the cold space and inhaled deeply. The negative ions prepared me for the minutes to come.

I shut the freezer door, heated the coffee, poured a cup thereof and padded back to my desk. reminding myself of couple of truths…

(1) Scholars, inventors, scientists and authors  do work which requires a knack for Leadership.

(2)True leaders lead only themselves.

I didn’t bother to dress, or to fix breakfast. What started my morning as a huge disappointment became  my work for the day. With a bed – sheet ’round my shoulders and a cup of reheated Starbucks coffee I pored over the pages of a book I wrote a few years ago, entitled LEADERSHIP: A LOVE STORY.

As I searched for words to explain how I was feeling I relived those feelings of loneliness and remembered my discovery that Leadership as we think of it  is not a role one chooses but rather  a label that needs to be refined.

And I had done that.

I reminded myself again…

True leaders lead only themselves.

That is the way of the Scholar, the Inventor, the Scientist, the Water-colorist, the Author  .

Put another way: only the agnostic may discover anything of great importance (if such truth awaits discovery).

Yet another way: perhaps we are all agnostics.

And another: The True Leader must seek truth ignoring the clamor of would-be leaders shouting in the background, the  pass-along Truths of their GROUP.

True leaders lead only themselves.

TRUTH is far more important than the adoration of FOLLOWERS.

Okay, I feel better now.

And yes I have prepared my notes and made my coffee for tomorrow.

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A FEW BASICS

 

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A FEW BASICS

(1) MOTHER: Question everything or live the life of The Lemming.

(2) FATHER: Look it up in World Book.

(3) JIM: Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it (and don’t do what you’re not supposed to).

(4) MEISTER ECKHART: Trust God and do the Next Thing.

(5) LB GETTINGS: Spiritual, emotional and physical wellness are the rewards of reason tempered with faith. Approval? Not so much.. Lee.

(6) THE LEMMING:. Nobody warned me.

 

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Leadership. A Love Story.
Lee Broom

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DOGMAN AND BLONDIE

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CAST OF CHARACTERS:

BLONDIE: Newly elected President of  NUSA.
DOGMAN:  Secret financier of NUSA.
ROB: Room-full Of Billionaires.


THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DOGMAN AND BLONDIE

BLONDIE: Everybody, let’s give it up for DOGMAN.

ROB; Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.

DOGMAN: Thank you everyone, thank you.

ROB: Continues to applaud. ROB is standing and demanding  an encore.

BLONDIE: Okay Gentlemen; be seated, please.

ROB: Room settles down; ROB is seated. DOGMAN rises to the occasion.

DOGMAN: Thank you gentlemen, thank you. (ROB begins once again to get rowdy; all are erect  once more; BLONDIE comes to the rescue. ROB is now seated.)

BLONDIE: Before we begin I’d like to make a few comments, the first of which is to request that you all remain seated throughout our meeting. Secondly, there are no reporters, no spies, no unfriendlies in this room. That has already been attended to by DOGMAN and his HOUND FROM HELL which is for the moment securely leashed.l.  And as for ROB’s Rules of Order, remain in your seats; no other rules will apply. Okay then. DOGMAN, the podium is yours. Gentleman, say hello to DOGMAN.

ROB: Helloooooooooooooo DOGMAN.

DOGMAN: Thank you everyone. I thank you. Cerberus thanks you. My three-headed mutt thanks you.

BLONDIE’s campaign has been paid for and as agreed, I will take over from here. BLONDIE will remain in the public eye, sharing his very own , very special kind of charisma that his public adores. You gentlemen will assist me in ROBing the bank while BLONDIE continues to go over the events of the day as we create them.

The plan is to provide a new reality each day which will confuse the public and mold them into compliance.

BLONDIE: I’d like to say I never…

DOGMAN: BLONDIE be quiet.

BLONDIE: (Meekly) Okay.

DOGMAN: Today for example there will be a psychologist and several newspaper talking about BLONDIE’s psychosis. By tomorrow it will be forgotten.

BLONDIE: I’m not crazy

DOGMAN: Hush, BLONDIE

BLONDIE: 0kay.

 

Live / Serve / Move Along.

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Competitive spirit, the will of the weak
Line item listings
Of proof.
Wasted moments of life without purpose
Uncomfortably
Long of tooth.

So where are they now; What purpose was served
What evidence
Did  survive?
(Arms out. Now walk. Now jump up and down.
Replicate
Signs of Life.)

Competitive spirit; no more to be seen.
Line item listings
Gone.
Service to Other; a life now with purpose
Confidence second to
None
Life again moving
Along.

Lee Broom
Leadership: A Love Story.

A Few Basics

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A Few Basics.

1; Question everything or live the life of The Lemming. Mother

2: Look it up in World Book. Father

3: Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it (and don’t do what you’re not supposed to). Jim.

4: Trust God and do the Next Thing. Meister Eckhart.

5: Spiritual, emotional and physical wellness are the rewards of reason tempered with faith. Approval? Not so much.. Lee.

6: Nobody warned me. The Lemming

 

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WHOSO WOULD BE A MAN MUST ALSO BE A ONE ACT PLAY

 

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Whoso would be a man must also be a non conformist. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series

 

THE TRUE LEADER

POSSIBLE CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Rebel: Anti-conformist.

Scholar: Non-conformist; seeker of truth.

Follower: “What should I do?”

Leader: “What if…….”, “How would……..?”, “Why was that?”

Seasoned Follower: Sounds a little bit like a True Leader. Always carries a book written by an actual True Leader.

Voice in the Crowd: Could be anybody, a True leader, A Seasoned Follower, a Non-conformist-Anybody, Anti-conformist; anybody, really.

 

THE STORY BEGINS:

Voice in the Crowd: Who wants to be our leader?

Seasoned Follower:  I do. 

Voice in the Crowd  Go ahead then. You shall be our leader.

A Child in Their Midst:  I think the Voice in the Crowd should be our leader.

Though coming from the lips of one so young, the idea seems to resonate throughout the crowd; the followers quickly vote
amongst themselves and elect the Voice in the Crowd to be their Leader.

Voice in the Crowd: No, No; please, I don’t want that responsibility, really; I spend most of my time writing. I don’t have time to be a Leader. 

The Child in Their Midst: I have an idea; you continue to spend your days writing and I’ll come over every morning and edit your written words; I’ll even create a blog, And, I could make a movie of you at work and publish the video on YouTube. I’m little; you won’t even know I’m there. And you, Mr. Voice in the Crowd, can continue your daily activities undisturbed by your followers plus…. your followers will have a new Leader.

The Voice in the crowd appears to mull this idea over, eventually relaxing his furrowed brow, replacing the worrisome stress indicator with a big, wide smile on his lips which is in turn, greeted by a resounding salvo of energetic hurrahs and this group of followers celebrates the fact that they now had a new Leader. Of course they all think that their new leader is Mr. Voice in the Crowd but you and I know that the True Leader is the little girl, the Child in Their Midst,  who saves the day.

Leadership: A Love Story by Lee Broom.

Whoso would be a man must also be a ONE ACT PLAY

 

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Whoso would be a man must also be a non conformist. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series

 

THE TRUE LEADER

POSSIBLE CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Rebel: Anti-conformist.

Scholar: Non-conformist; seeker of truth.

Follower: “What should I do?”

Leader: “What if…….”, “How would……..?”, “Why was that?”

Seasoned Follower: Sounds a little bit like a True Leader. Always carries a book written by an actual True Leader.

Voice in the Crowd: Could be anybody, a True leader, A Seasoned Follower, a Non-conformist-Anybody, Anti-conformist; anybody, really.

 

THE STORY BEGINS:

Voice in the Crowd: Who wants to be our leader?

Seasoned Follower:  I do. 

Voice in the Crowd  Go ahead then. You shall be our leader.

A Child in Their Midst:  I think the Voice in the Crowd should be our leader.

Though coming from the lips of one so young, the idea seems to resonate throughout the crowd; the followers quickly vote
amongst themselves and elect the Voice in the Crowd to be their Leader.

Voice in the Crowd: No, No; please, I don’t want that responsibility, really; I spend most of my time writing. I don’t have time to be a Leader. 

The Child in Their Midst: I have an idea; you continue to spend your days writing and I’ll come over every morning and edit your written words; I’ll even create a blog, And, I could make a movie of you at work and publish the video on YouTube. I’m little; you won’t even know I’m there. And you, Mr. Voice in the Crowd, can continue your daily activities undisturbed by your followers plus…. your followers will have a new Leader.

The Voice in the crowd appears to mull this idea over, eventually relaxing his furrowed brow, replacing the worrisome stress indicator with a big, wide smile on his lips which is in turn, greeted by a resounding salvo of energetic hurrahs and this group of followers celebrates the fact that they now had a new Leader. Of course they all think that their new leader is Mr. Voice in the Crowd but you and I know that the True Leader is the little girl, the Child in Their Midst,  who saves the day.

Leadership: A Love Story by Lee Broom.