Synergetic Responsibility

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. -Albert Einstein
fastcompany:

The True Meaning Of Power
Innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff kicks off a discussion about power saying: 

“Power is a tool that carries no innate moral value. What matters is the reason behind using that tool.” 
“Power becomes destructive when we seek it out for its own sake; when we view power not as a tool but as an end in itself, when we seek power just for power’s sake.”
and,
“The opposite, of course is dedicating power to causes that improve the world: Mohandas Gandhi convinced Great Britain to leave India, Nelson Mandela used power to end apartheid, and Martin Luther King Jr. was powerful enough to “change the rules” and end segregation. Therefore, power is freedom. The more power you have and the more skillfully you use it, the greater impact you can have.”

Krippendorff concludes with three exercises that can help you address and change any negative associations you may make with the term “power.”
1. I associate the word “power” with the following (list any words, emotions, or opinions that come to mind):
2. Create a noble cause (if you had greater power, what positive impact would you want to have?):
3. New associations (what alternative, positive, associations can power have?):
Here are some other places that Fast Company talks about power:
Are You A Power Poisoned Boss?
Don’t Be A Power Hog
Why Sharing Power At Work Is The Very Best Way To Build It 


[Image: Flickr user Mohammad Haleeque][post by m.cecelia bittner]

Powerful words of reflection!

fastcompany:

The True Meaning Of Power

Innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff kicks off a discussion about power saying: 

“Power is a tool that carries no innate moral value. What matters is the reason behind using that tool.” 

“Power becomes destructive when we seek it out for its own sake; when we view power not as a tool but as an end in itself, when we seek power just for power’s sake.”

and,

The opposite, of course is dedicating power to causes that improve the world: Mohandas Gandhi convinced Great Britain to leave India, Nelson Mandela used power to end apartheid, and Martin Luther King Jr. was powerful enough to “change the rules” and end segregation. Therefore, power is freedom. The more power you have and the more skillfully you use it, the greater impact you can have.”

Krippendorff concludes with three exercises that can help you address and change any negative associations you may make with the term “power.”

1. I associate the word “power” with the following (list any words, emotions, or opinions that come to mind):

2. Create a noble cause (if you had greater power, what positive impact would you want to have?):

3. New associations (what alternative, positive, associations can power have?):

Here are some other places that Fast Company talks about power:



[Image: Flickr user Mohammad Haleeque][post by m.cecelia bittner]

Powerful words of reflection!

What if our legacy—- our life’s message—- could survive time and change the lives of others? No doubt, we would live life more purposefully. 

We are apart of a greater love, an overwhelming community that calls us to a life of purpose. As individuals we must activate that purpose through listening to a calling. 

Our need for change is rooted in conviction. What do we perceive as our treasure?

Treasure is what you deem ultimately good and perfect, the nature of the condition for your heart reflects what you value most in your life. How can we be a people of purposeful love if what we value most is our pursuit in success? Can we focus on driving world transformation too much that we loose sight of necessary change. 

I believe we must surrender our selfish control and allow life to direct us in order to be on our pathway of purpose.

What if our legacy—- our life’s message—- could survive time and change the lives of others? No doubt, we would live life more purposefully. We are apart of a greater love, an overwhelming community that calls us to a life of purpose. As individuals we must activate that purpose through listening to a calling.

Our need for change is rooted in conviction. What do we perceive as our treasure?

Treasure is what you deem ultimately good and perfect, the nature of the condition for your heart reflects what you value most in your life. How can we be a people of purposeful love if what we value most is our pursuit in success? Can we focus on driving world transformation too much that we loose sight of necessary change.

I believe we must surrender our selfish control and allow life to direct us in order to be on our pathway of purpose.

Time

Now is the time; ah, friend, no longer wait 

To scatter loving smiles and words of cheer

To those around whose lives are now so dear.

They may not meet you in the coming year.

Now is the time.

Ah, friends! dear friends– if any such there be,—

Keep not your loving thoughts away from me

Till I am gone.

I want them now to help me on the way,

As lonely watchers want the light of day 

Ere it is morn. 

D. F. Hodges