Monthly Archives: April 2015

The progression of performance-based skills

posted by Joshua on April 28, 2015 in Creativity, Freedom, Habits, Leadership, Models

Any performance-based skill development follows a similar pattern. I’ll describe it for playing guitar, but it follows for leading, acting, sports, any other musical instrument, singing, etc. The instrument: First you have to learn the instrument. If you don’t know its parts and how it’s assembled, you can’t do anything with it. Your skill: Next[…] Keep reading →

How you benefit yourself by leading others

posted by Joshua on April 27, 2015 in Leadership

Ultimately leading effectively is about the people you are leading and the community you are serving. You develop skills with experience so you act effectively, but you focus on them and their interests, which you share or have complementary ones if you want to lead with authenticity and integrity. Some people want authority to use[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Slaughter for Hire

posted by Joshua on April 26, 2015 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicists, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is my take on today’s post, ”Slaughter for Hire” (The New York Times Magazine seems to be doing a special issue this weekend without an Ethicist column[…] Keep reading →

Why the rules of government prevent people who want to govern from doing what they want

posted by Joshua on April 25, 2015 in Freedom, Leadership

The more I work with leaders and leadership, the more I distinguish between The skills to lead and The authority to coerce people to comply The more I look at concentrations of authority—mainly titled positions in corporations and government—the more I see people interested in the second who aren’t interested in the first. I used[…] Keep reading →