Wednesday, April 22, 2009

‘Faces’ of disrespect here, there, all over
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:33:00 04/22/2009

When someone shows up late for an appointment on “Filipino time,” that means he has no respect for your time.

When the sidewalks are reserved for vendors and parked cars, that means they have no respect for pedestrians.

When a rich person sees a long line and simply skips it and goes straight to the front, that means he has little regard for you.

When a jeepney stops in the middle of the road to load and unload passengers, that means the driver has no respect for the other motorists.

Corruption in the Philippines is learned behavior, we watch our parents. The fault lies not in our stars but in us.

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The Story We Long For
Sometimes we don't realize what we need to hear, again and again.
Gordon MacDonald | posted 4/20/2009

The Story We Long For

There is a wonderful organization that invites me to speak every April to men and women who are enrolled in their leadership development program. Every year their invitation makes it clear that they want me to say the same things I said the previous year.

So I try to do what they ask. I use the same introduction, employ the same outline, tell the same stories, and even repeat the same joke or two in the warm-up phase of the talk.

I did this for the eleventh time just a week ago.

My presentation is about how a leader handles his occasional moments of failure. Sometimes I start by saying that I feel as if I have an earned-doctorate in this subject because there have been more than a few failure-moments over my seven decades of life. Most of them are the simple, everyday failures that don't even deserve a mention in my journal. But I go on to admit to the audience that there have been some bad experiences of seismic magnitude.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Your Hidden Curriculum
What do people learn from you about the Christian life? Sometimes it's what you never intended to teach.
John Ortberg | posted 4/09/2009

A newsletter from the editors of Leadership Journal
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hi, friend:

An elder statesman once told me: "If you try to imitate someone who's really good at something, you'll probably imitate the wrong thing." His example: Your Hidden Curriculumstudents of a powerful New York preacher tended to preach with their pulpit robes open, just as their mentor did. But an open pulpit robe was certainly not what made that urban preacher's sermons so powerful. The students were imitating the wrong thing.

John Ortberg points out that all of us who lead, whether teachers or preachers or leaders of any sort, have both a formal curriculum (what we intend to communicate) and a hidden curriculum (what we don't realize we're communicating). Sometimes our hidden curriculum reinforces our formal curriculum, but other t
imes it undermines what we intend to get across. You'll recognize more of the larger picture in Ortberg's article, Your Hidden Curriculum.