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With Globalization Comes Loss and Opportunity

Friday, August 27th, 2010

A tribal language thought to have existed for 65,000 years has disappeared forever in India’s Andaman Islands, taken to the grave with its last speaker.

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get=”_blank”>Survival International, Boa Senior, the last member of the Bo tribe died recently. While today, humans speak to each other in nearly 7,000 languages, it’s estimated that 90% of those languages will be gone by 2050, displaced by English, Spanish, or Chinese.

On one level, this speaks to an enormous loss in our species, that of differentiation in culture. On another level, it is a reflection of a direction we seem to be taking as a species toward globalization at all levels. Sidestepping the issue of whether loss of cultural distinction is good or bad, I find myself deeply curious about the implications of this trend for leadership.

If we could peer into the future to recognize and even honor the movement toward globalization and the
blending of ideas, what insights might we have about what

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how and why? It appears that in this lifetime and many to come, while the dangers of loss of cultural distinction appear to be happening, they are happening slowly. Global awareness is happening rather rapidly however, and with it new doors of opportunity open up. Conscious leaders, it appears to me, see trends and patterns, and then seize the opportunities they open up. Might there be a global flag being developed and raised in our not too distant future? See John Hope Bryant’s message for a powerful view on the subject:


Smiling Makes You a Better Leader

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A recent study by Ernest Abel and Michael Kruger found that there is a correlation between smiling and longevity. They had five people rate the smile intensity of 230 baseball players accordin

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g to photos featured in the 1952 Baseball Register. The researchers used a three-point smile scale: no smile, half smile (mouth only), and genuine ‘Duchenne’ smile (muscles contracted around the mouth and corners of the eyes). The Duchenne smile being the most full on smile

Focusing on viagra the 150 players who died by the time of the study and controlling for extraneous factors such as BMI and marital status, the researchers found that those who were flashing a genuine ‘Duchenne Smile’ were half as likely to die in any given year compared with non-smilers. The average life-span of the 63 deceased non-smilers was 72.9 years compared with 75 years for the 64 partial smilers and 79.9 years for the 23 Duchenne smilers.

Now don’t go smiling a bunch just to increase your lifespan. That would be a faulty conclusion. We need to peek below the surface to find out why this study is true. It is not that smiling caused greater longevity. It is the attitudes and mindsets that produce smiles that also produce longevity. People who naturally smile a lot have a more

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positive attitude in life. They see the glass as half full. They imagine positive futures. They go with the flow and are in the present moment. These are the attributes that not only produce smiles, but also are associated with conscious leadership.

So ask yourself, do you smile a lot naturally. If yes, you are well on your way toward a healthy long life. You are also exhibiting some of the characteristics that cause others to be uplifted. You respond encouragingly to others and help them see what is possible. You are also well on your way to being a conscious leader.

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Shirley Sherrod and Leadership

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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” class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-1115″ /> Shirley Sherrod, of the USDA, was a recent victim of racial discrimination in a way that is all over the news. It all happened in a flash. A portion of a video clip appeared to show Ms. Sherrod, at a NAACP event admitting to racism against a white farmer.

The NAACP immediately denounced her, and the USDA asked for her resignation. Later it was revealed that, in fact, the snippet was part of a much larger communication in which she acknowledged that she had learned a powerful lesson and had apologized to the farmer for her own indiscretion. She also helped save the man’s farm. The speech illustrated a way toward racial harmony and was depicted as just the opposite.

In reflecting on this, I begin to wonder about the times I make a snap judgment about another person and fail to see the bigger picture. How often do I assume the worst about another and fail to see more of who they really are.

It seems to me that the Shirley Sherrod incident is a cautionary tale inviting us to look deeper when we view people, situations, and events. In a Twitter world, this is not so easy. We are enamored with soundbites and we buy the sensationalist stories journalists and bloggers tell because they are so dramatic.

But for every moment that appears to be racist, or cynical, or arrogant, I see something different. I see our collective humanity. Underneath racism, I see the deep desire for community. Underneath cynicism, I see a person whose idealistic views got dashed. Underneath arrogance, I see pain and insecurity seeking to be healed. It seems to me that as leaders, we can react to another person quickly and be repelled by their behavior. Or we might instead look beneath the surface to find the humanity that lurks deep within and connects us all. When we do, we

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are not so fast to judge, so quick to condemn, and so righteous in our indignation. When we do, we uplift the

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human race rather than stamp down on its well-worn shoes.

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