What Motivates you?

What Motivates you?

A Journey from the heart that lead us to know ourselves first and then answer this question

Questions to consider…

Do you know what motivates you?  Really motivates you?  How have your motivations influenced your choices?  Are you living in alignment with your most authentic self?  How do you feel when you are out of alignment?


Amazing reflective article

CNN Belief Blog

Editor’s Note: Tanya Marie (“T.M.”) Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist and the Watkins University professor in the department of anthropology at Stanford University in Stanford, California. She is the author of “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.”

By T.M. Luhrmann, Special to CNN

(CNN)—In the Bible, God spoke directly to Abraham. He spoke directly to Moses. He spoke directly to Job. But to your neighbor down the street?

Most people reading the ancient scriptures understand these accounts of hearing God’s voice as miracles that really did happen but no longer take place today, or maybe as folkloric flourishes to ancient stories. Even Christians who believe that miracles can be an everyday affair can hesitate when someone tells them they heard God speak audibly. There’s an old joke: When you talk to God, we call it prayer, but when God talks to…

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Egyptian Policy Appears Unchanged

Egyptian Policy Appears Unchanged

This conflict will continue to grow more toxic until Morsi decides to focus less on security and more on justice.

Ever since the coming to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Israeli officials have been pointing out the increased radicalization of the region. The harsh anti-Israeli language that Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has been making in the wake of the recent crisis is seen in Israel as a clear sign that the post-Arab Spring Middle East is presenting them with a new set of challenge.

Mubarak with a Beard?

Mubarak with a Beard?

Reflecting on the lessons of the Arab uprisings in November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was adamant that traditional U.S. policies in the region were no longer tenable. “[A]s the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt made clear,” she said “the enduring cooperation we seek will be difficult to sustain without democratic legitimacy and public consent.” But such revelations necessitate drastic changes, and in the face of unanticipated events and crises, it’s all too easy for the familiar policies of the past to re-emerge. As Egypt descends again into turmoil over the country’s fraught constitution-writing process, it appears that the United States is once again embracing the past and eschewing the lessons it learned the hard way during the uprising.

Is Your Leadership Showing?

Is Your Leadership Showing?
I got this article and it is really interesting about Leadership and 5 lessons

1. Visibility

2. Preparation

3. Comfort

4. Listening

5. Blend

for me it is really summaries what is leadership for me it is visibility and to be ready with knowledge and to feel comfort i believe this depend on your mind set that you know and believe that you are able to do anything and as Olga ” one of my facilitator ” and a Friend say Never say Never.

It depends also of   the listening capacity and Ask yourself, “What one thing can I tell myself as a reminder to listen more?” It’s vitally important that you think up an effective cue. If you can’t come up with one, that in itself could indicate a deeper internal misalignment And i like to see it that all of us has 2 ears and 1 mouth so we can hear more to speak.

the last blend i like the writer when he said :” As a leader, it’s not all about you.”  

Ask yourself, “When necessary, how do I lower the volume of my leadership presence?”

Though leadership can be hard to demonstrate at times, regularly questioning how you embody your role will serve your leadership well.

Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs

Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs :

Leadership for Steve Was more than a Product it was an Innovation to inspire the world and the people through technology and it is the language of the century now.but most i remarked it that he was a leader that stimulate the skills of his team to get the best of them as he said “Look at the results,” .
It is not only a good planner and a team builder but also a challenger that get the best from you and it make you discover yourself.

He was also a Trainer a Capacity Builder for his Team :

{After he righted the company, Jobs began taking his “top 100” people on a retreat each year. On the last day, he would stand in front of a whiteboard (he loved whiteboards, because they gave him complete control of a situation and they engendered focus) and ask, “What are the 10 things we should be doing next?” People would fight to get their suggestions on the list. Jobs would write them down—and then cross off the ones he decreed dumb. After much jockeying, the group would come up with a list of 10. Then Jobs would slash the bottom seven and announce, “We can only do three.”}

Near the end of his life, Jobs was visited at home by Larry Page, who was about to resume control of Google, the company he had cofounded. Even though their companies were feuding, Jobs was willing to give some advice. “The main thing I stressed was focus,” he recalled. Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up, he told Page. “It’s now all over the map. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great.” Page followed the advice. In January 2012 he told employees to focus on just a few priorities, such as Android and Google+, and to make them “beautiful,” the way Jobs would have done.

Networking and Mobilize your resource another important skill for leadership :

as he put it in his often-quoted commencement speech at Stanford, about “connecting the dots,” glimpsing the relationships among wildly disparate life experiences and changes in technology.

Steve Jobs Webpage

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

Apple Remembering Steve

For me During our Presentation skills workshops with Kim , it was clear for us about the critic thinking about appreciate the why and go depth to discover your why and then go to the how and the what and he was relax , easy and mostly he was simple in his language even he is most of the generation technical person .

people , people = audience , it is not about you but about people who ever they are it is about them not you .

Leadership is a skills that you can gain or you born with ?

A Big Question was heating my head during this journey of discovering about our leadership style

Leadership is a skills that you can gain or you born with ?

– Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience (Jago, 1982).

– Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills. This is called Process Leadership (Jago, 1982). However, we know that we have traits that can influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership (Jago, 1982), in that it was once common to believe that leaders were born rather than made. These two leadership types are shown in the chart below (Northouse, 2007, p5):

While leadership is learned, the skills and knowledge processed by the leader can be influenced by his or hers attributes or traits, such as beliefs, values, ethics, and character. Knowledge and skills contribute directly to the process of leadership, while the other attributes give the leader certain characteristics that make him or her unique.

Knowledge , what is knowledge always Bishop Thomas was teaching me that knowledge is the marriage between the information and the soul so it will be a daily-life attitude a philosophy that you practice in your life and start by yourself and i found this article about how Build capacities and that we will be the resource or the economy of any country however it depend on the individual choice to go for his growth and development or not …..
In sum, says Schleicher, “knowledge and skills have become the global currency of 21st-century economies, but there is no central bank that prints this currency. Everyone has to decide on their own how much they will print.” Sure, it’s great to have oil, gas and diamonds; they can buy jobs. But they’ll weaken your society in the long run unless they’re used to build schools and a culture of lifelong learning. “The thing that will keep you moving forward,” says Schleicher, is always “what you bring to the table yourself.”

Skills, knowledge, and attributes make the Leader, which is one of the: Four Factors of Leadership

There are four major factors in leadership (U.S. Army, 1983):

You must have an honest understanding of who you are, what you know, and what you can do. Also, note that it is the followers, not the leader or someone else who determines if the leader is successful. If they do not trust or lack confidence in their leader, then they will be uninspired. To be successful you have to convince your followers, not yourself or your superiors, that you are worthy of being followed.

Different people require different styles of leadership. For example, a new hire requires more supervision than an experienced employee. A person who lacks motivation requires a different approach than one with a high degree of motivation. You must know your people! The fundamental starting point is having a good understanding of human nature, such as needs, emotions, and motivation. You must come to know your employees’ be, know, and do attributes.

P.S : I do not like using the word Followers but colleagues or either participants it is more equality than followers

You lead through two-way communication. Much of it is nonverbal. For instance, when you “set the example,” that communicates to your people that you would not ask them to perform anything that you would not be willing to do. What and how you communicate either builds or harms the relationship between you and your employees.

All situations are different. What you do in one situation will not always work in another. You must use your judgment to decide the best course of action and the leadership style needed for each situation. For example, you may need to confront an employee for inappropriate behavior, but if the confrontation is too late or too early, too harsh or too weak, then the results may prove ineffective.

Also note that the situation normally has a greater effect on a leader’s action than his or her traits. This is because while traits may have an impressive stability over a period of time, they have little consistency across situations (Mischel, 1968). This is why a number of leadership scholars think the Process Theory of Leadership is a more accurate than the Trait Theory of Leadership.

Various forces will affect these four factors. Examples of forces are your relationship with your seniors, the skill of your followers, the informal leaders within your organization, and how your organization is organized.

And in this part I will add Olga words it is wisdom , for me Wisdom is something can not be part for you as Human Been and as a Leader , you need this wisdom in everything almost in Advocacy in Communication , in negotiation and even in your shopping 🙂
Olga told us Intelligence without Passion is nothing and this Wisdom to have the passion and also to have the intelligence and both of them can be develop through knowledge and mentoring.

Craig Kielburger delivers inspiration, leadership during keynote at McKenna Leadership Centre Encounter at StFX

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Craig Kielburger delivers inspiration, leadership


Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Inspiration. Leadership. Wow.

That’s what Craig Kielburger, co-founder of the internationally known, youth-driven charity, Free The Children and of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, delivered at StFX on Feb. 2 during his keynote address in the inaugural McKenna Leadership Centre Encounter.

Students – from StFX, other universities, and high schools – gathered with community members, StFX faculty and staff to fill the Gerald Schwartz School of Business Auditorium to capacity. People watched webcasts live in overflow classrooms and across the country via stfx.ca as Mr. Kielburger used humour and inspiration to deliver his message.

“More than anything else, please do something, please find a cause,” he told those gathered during his keynote address Me to We: How Students Can Create Positive Social Changes.

“We can redefine what is possible.”

Mr. Kielburger was on campus as part of a two-day Service Learning workshop, Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

Reflections and Qoutes

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– You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings.

I was checking today the UN website and i found this parable

“Our times demand a new definition of leadership – global leadership. They demand a new constellation of international cooperation – governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a collective global good.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Speech at World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland (29 January 2009)

– Sometimes when you go through a period of great difficulty and struggle, it is so that you can finally realize what you do NOT want in your life. Then finally, at long last, you can embrace what you DO want.   May 4th 2012

– Everyone needs encouragement, but it’s so easy to forget to take the time to give it. Think of someone in your life whom you appreciate today, or someone who made you smile, – and tell them! Even if it’s a stranger, take a moment to let them know you noticed.  🙂 and this is for me is a lifting -up.

– A little one shall become a Thousand and a samll one a strong nation: I the lord will hasten in his Time ” Isaiah 60:22″

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