Old world wisdom, new world insight – poems, poetry, philosophy, dreams, commentary, ideas

Leave a comment

Don’t flip a coin! Make a decision.

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Many decisions are made that affect people. People represent potential vendors, current clients, prospective candidates for hire, and even love interests. The decisions we make as leaders influence us and everyone around us financially, physically, and spiritually.

As a leader, It makes sense to slow down and resist the urge to have a knee-jerk reaction to an issue, especially if it is not a crisis situation.

We could flip a coin. Or, it may be wiser to use the following time-tested decision models for any particular cross-roads. It may facilitate that impulse buy at the yacht dealer, inviting a new member to the club, or acting/reacting to a poignant situation involving conflict or praise. 

Ready? Here they are. Continue reading

Leave a comment

O, R U ?

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

2001: A Space Odyssey






We dings


I, alone

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Little bits

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

“Androcles and the Lion” by Briton Riviere (1908)

little means
little means a lot
little means a lot to the hungry

little caring
little caring hearts
little caring hearts bring joy

little action
little action hands
little action hands craft priceless gifts

Continue reading

Leave a comment

No fail, no success. Know fail? Know success!

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Let’s look at this situation and see if we can use it to help us measure success. Here is a common scenario. It will either be a recipe that is fit for a righteous celebration or a tactical party pooper. 

Success Cake

These are our Success Cake people ingredients: The Group Leader, who manages the Kitchen; a stable of Culinary Professionals; the order from our important customer is a request for a Success Cake. Not just one cake, but a Success Cake from each of the Culinary Professionals. The Success Cake must be made according to the established Kitchen recipe.

These are our Success Cake work ingredients: Dedication, punctuality, teamwork, individual effort, leadership, best practices, meetings, feedback, output, improvements, and, of course, failure. Why? Failure in the past is what helps us remember what to avoid and what to prevent.

These are our Success Cake measurements: sufficiently increased brand awareness (chocolate), higher revenues (two layers), and an enlarged customer base (royal icing). If we can meet all three of these criteria, then aren’t we just doing our jobs?

We work together in a kitchen with Culinary Professionals whose experience ranges from a few months in this kitchen, but years in others, to professionals with many years in this kitchen and no other locations. What happens if there is an ingredient missing?

Someone left the cake out in the rain . . .

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Truth Recipe

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Once upon a time there existed a civilization called the Mesopotamians. These people accepted the logic of the elements, the weather, density, weight ratios, and natural powers much mightier than themselves.

They accepted these things as the ingredients of their lives.

This was their “truth” in its basic and practical form.

Let’s take the cute “Weather Rock,” a charming little tchotchke often sold to tourists in the American west.

The instructions read:

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Change is not a skill to be mastered

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Change is not a skill to be mastered. Why? We can only escort it though our thoughts and deliver it unto our processes.
Once there, we must learn to walk with it. As soon as we start making changes, we only have yesterday for a comparison.  
Nobody has to change. Something about us always does because of the situations we are in.

American writer Libba Bray writes about a character named Gemma Doyle. Doyle has a revelation in The Sweet Far Thing concerning change: “With this power, there is no telling what I can do to change what needs to be changed.”

What is that power? Electric, supernatural, or is it the will to do so?

Even if we don’t have to change,
Continue reading

Leave a comment

The Toothpaste Moment

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

How many meetings have we been to when, unexpectedly, one person in the group comments about something another member has done or said?

We may have heard this declared or even aimed in our direction: “That’s so odd. I just have to say.”

Did the person who just got labeled as “odd”
FEEL something negative because of that declaration?

Declarations such as this are markers.
They are the DNA of culture bias.
They are cultivated in

Continue reading