The King and his seeds

The King and his seeds

Once there lived a great king renowned for being wise and intelligent. As the thought of retiring came to the king’s mind, he spread the word across his kingdom that he was soon to appoint a new successor for his throne.

The news of the search for a new successor caused a great stirring across the land. The king was considered to be the wisest to have come to the power. His clever policies had helped to build a just and content nation over the course of his ruling. Very few were surprised to know that he was to eschew the traditional route of the family for the search of the one worthy of the throne.

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Hot Head and Cold Heart

Hot Head and Cold Heart

“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” - Billy Graham

In other words, don't lose your temper and have a heart!  Have you ever noticed that people who easily lose their temper also happen to be very insecure.  Not always the case, but the majority of times people who lose their temper and are easily set off because they can't stand looking bad.  Or, they're so incredibly selfish they have to have things their way or have things falling in their favor at all times.  In any event, having a temper flies in the face of servant leadership as the individual is almost always at the center of their decisions and actions.  

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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max De Pree

According to Ann McGee-Cooper and Duane Trammell in there paper entitled The Essentials of Servant Leadership: Principles in Practice, servant leaders exhibit five basic practices:

  • Listening without judgment
  • Being authentic, open and accountable
  • Building community and showing appreciation
  • Sharing power
  • Developing people
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The Three Strands of Hair

The Three Strands of Hair

At Crawford, we stress the importance of Servant Leadership, which must be rooted in genuine care and concern for others.  This is the result of actually knowing others and their struggles, both personal and work related.  

One might say, "why should I be concerned about what an employee does or experiences when they're not at work?"  To which I would answer, "do you care what goes on in your friends life outside of work?"  

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The Frog & Two Geese

The Frog & Two Geese

A frog asked two geese to take him south with them. At first they resisted; they didn't see how it could be done. Finally, the frog suggested that the two geese hold a stick in their beaks and that he would hold on to it with his mouth. So off the unlikely threesome went, flying south over the countryside. It was quite a sight. People looked up and expressed great admiration at this demonstration of creative teamwork.

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Delegation

Delegation

Lately, I've been trying to delegate more. Delegating does many wonderful things. First, it allow the one delegating to focus on more things, and in many case more important things. Second, it allows the one being delegated too to take on more responsibility and grow. Third, it give the one delegating a true glimpse into the one delegated too ability to take ownership, become resourceful, etc. Fourth, as a whole the team gets more work done.

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Thomas Edison & a Note

Thomas Edison & a Note

One day the young Thomas Edison came home and handed a paper to his mother from his school. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to give it only to you.”

His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her son. “ Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

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Crawford Core Value - Resourcefullness

Crawford Core Value - Resourcefullness

Resourcefulness is the ability to find a way to achieve your goal.  This is especially true when the goal is difficult to achieve and when little or no direction is given.  Resourcefulness is the ability to think creatively, to generate ideas, and to identify alternatives.  Resourcefulness is also imagination, the ability to visualize how something could be achieved when there is nothing there but the vision.

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Initiative

Initiative

A certain farmer had become old and ready to pass his farm down to one of his two sons. When he brought his sons together to speak about it, he told them: The farm will go to the younger son.

The older son was furious! “What are you talking about?!” he fumed.

The father sat patiently, thinking.

“Okay,” the father said, “I need you to do something for me. We need more stocks. Will you go to Cibi’s farm and see if he has any cows for sale?”

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Negotiating

Negotiating

THE EIGHTEENTH CAMEL 

A wealthy merchant from the east passed away. In his will, the man stated equally division of his wealth to three sons but his most treasured camels were divided in rather challenging way.

According to the will the eldest son was to be given half of the camels, the middle son was to be given one third of the camels, and the youngest son was to be given one ninth of the camels. The merchant had seventeen cattle. As it was not possible to divide 17 camels into half, one third or even into one ninth. The three son started fighting with each other for their fair share of the camels.

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Diligence

Diligence

"Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper." Proverbs 13:4 NLT

The foolish or lazy desire the gains which the diligent get, but they hate the pains which the diligent take; they covet every thing that is to be coveted, but will do nothing that is to be done; and therefore it follows, They have nothing; for he that will not labor let him hunger, and let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

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1 Thessalonians 15: 15-22

1 Thessalonians 15: 15-22

"See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil." - 1 Thessalonians 15:15-22

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Teamwork

Teamwork

Did you know that a rope has greater strength than the combined individual strength of the strands that make it up? Why is this? The answer is quite simple. Individual strands have weak spots along them, points at which they easily break. But in a rope, the weak spots are randomly distributed along the length of the rope and the twist in the rope allows the surrounding strands to cancel out the weak spots of the individual fibres.

 

It’s the same with people. We all have strengths and weaknesses. On our own our weaknesses can break us, but together we work to achieve strength for all.

"To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless." - Mike Krzyzewski

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Compliments

Compliments

I've received a couple special compliments recently and it reminded me of a verse in Proverbs: "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it" - Proverbs 3:27

Have you ever noticed how some people just can't bring themselves to say something nice about others?  Why is it so hard for some people to compliment others?  I think one of the greatest privileges we have as being leaders is being able to bless others with compliments.  A well timed compliment can be such a blessing.  

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Proverbs 4:18-19

Proverbs 4:18-19

"The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.  But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over." Proverbs 4:18-19

The picture in this verse is that of the sunrise and the increasing of the light on the pilgrim path as the day advances. If we walk in the way of God’s wisdom, the path gets brighter and brighter and there is no sunset! When the path ends, we step into a land where the light never dims, for “there shall be no night there” (Revelations 22:5).

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