Monday, October 7, 2013

Where is the leader?

Where there is no vision people perish.

Where there is no vision there is a train wreck.

While most Americans are distracted, the biggest train wreck in history is about to be happen on October 17. Is there still time to avert this catastrophe? Yes, but the time bomb clock is ticking. Conflicts are inevitable and it takes a leader to solve them. So, where is the leader, the commander-in-chief, in a time of crisis? The root of this conflict is not obvious, as roots usually aren't.  The roots are feeding from the differences in ideology and they have been growing for some time.

America could be leading the world in the next economic age, the entrepreneurial community age. Instead, America, the bedrock of entrepreneurship, is instead locked in a conflict. Both sides are pointing fingers while the train is moving carrying a known time bomb inside the engine.

Here are 7 conflict resolution basic steps:

1.      The leader always takes the initiative to resolve the issue by asking the right questions and leading the conversation.

2.      The leader always focuses on the problem and resolves the conflict.

3.      The leader always protects the relationships by maintain trust between the parties.

4.      The leader always listens to the other side first.

5.      The leader always seeks to be understood.

6.      The leader is always the first to ask for apology.

7.      The leader focuses then in resolving the conflict. The leader then gives the credit to the troops for having the courage to follow in a time of crisis.

Who is leading? Where is the leader to take the charge and avert the wreck?

Times like these are when we look into the past and think of George Patton. Why aren't we moving forward? What is the problem? Patton would then take personal responsibility for solving the problem. Because of people like him we are still living in a free country today. The question is for what long?

Where is the leader when we need him the most? Is he pointing the finger or taking responsibility to solve the problem?

The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

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