Additionally, it presents Tom's view of "'management' writ large as the cornerstone of goal-driven human affairs. In the act of a little brushcutting on the farm in Vermont, Tom discovered that the plan revealed itself as he worked. The realization led him to compose this ode to spontaneous discovery, with a nod to F. Tom encourages you to leave the systems thinking behind, get out in the real world, and do things.
He calls the message herein "the centerpiece and soul of my life's work to this day.
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As is his habit, he added, revised, and made the piece applicable to all. The result is a call to innovation, differentiation, and keeping up with accelerating change. Its message is important to enterprises of one employee to thousands. Starting with conversations collected from Twitter—what he calls tweetstreams—Tom put together this manifesto with his take on how to thrive in these times of accelerating technological advances and economic growth with anemic accompanying job growth. Controlling your own career trajectory has never been more of an imperative for success. In "Excellence.
We also offer individual chapters from "Excellence. All Aboard the S-Train! Education Re-boot! Women RULE! Started as a Twitter exchange, this piece is Tom's exhortation to leaders and followers to pay respect to all with whom they come in contact in a day.
All yours! And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. To learn how to do so online, watch for the Stewardship website, which will go live beginning March 4. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. Meanwhile, the Sabbatical Committee and Board stayed on top of things big and small, largely behind the scenes, so they also deserve giant kudos. But many UUs are unable to recite this Principle from memory; therefore, a simple word like Unity, which sums it up nicely, can be helpful. My mother has often said that death is something we humans should be better at; after all, it happens to everyone.
He emphasizes the point with this favorite quote: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. Having such a group as an audience is an exciting opportunity for him. Of course, he produced this list of 42 must-do considerations to keep top-of-mind if you're a project manager. How do you get things done?
Start a prototype out of sight of the top brass and present it as something that works—already. This is Appendix One in "Excellence. The paper is argued via 11 case studies from every setting imaginable. This manifesto is a reminder of what your business is really made of and where the profits really come from.
It's section 30 from "Excellence. In this exposition of his views on leadership, Tom offers a set of standards on which all leaders should grade themelves. First and foremost, they assemble and then develop a topflight team of people. Use the self-assessment to determine if you focus effectively on your people. And that one for-sure thing is Or, to clarify Tom has given more than 2, speeches in the last 30 years. Tom's presentation advice will change both how you speak and how you listen. As is his wont, Tom has fiddled with and combined his last three manifestos, continually improving his work.
He describes the process as a re-education. Some of his conclusions are not too surprising Brand You is on the rise , but some the importance of gaming, the continuing role of government may give you reason for reflection. Making it imperative that the best and brightest be lured into teaching. A few others touch on decision-making and the typically faulty interpretation of cause and effect—and the power of being wrong. When I got home, I was determined to boil it down to one page.
Which was fun—but one hell of a struggle. Well, though I had to resort to 8-point type, I made it! The first sphere is the one which can be called the increase of unbelief in the modern world. The Synod endeavored to describe this modern world: how many currents of thought, values and countervalues, latent aspirations or seeds of destruction, old convictions which disappear and new convictions which arise are covered by this generic name!
From the spiritual point of view, the modern world seems to he forever immersed in what a modern author has termed "the drama of atheistic humanism. On the one hand one is forced to note in the very heart of this contemporary world the phenomenon which is becoming almost its most striking characteristic: secularism. We are not speaking of secularization, which is the effort, in itself just and legitimate and in no way incompatible with faith or religion, to discover in creation, in each thing or each happening in the universe, the laws which regulate them with a certain autonomy, but with the inner conviction that the Creator has placed these laws there.
The last Council has in this sense affirmed the legitimate autonomy of culture and particularly of the sciences.
This sort of secularism, in order to recognize the power of man, therefore ends up by doing without God and even by denying Him. New forms of atheism seem to flow from it: a man centered atheism, no longer abstract and metaphysical but pragmatic, systematic and militant. Hand in hand with this atheistic secularism, we are daily faced, under the most diverse forms, with a consumer society, the pursuit of pleasure set up as the supreme value, a desire for power and domination, and discrimination of every kind: the inhuman tendencies of this "humanism.
In this same modern world, on the other hand, and this is a paradox, one cannot deny the existence of real steppingstones to Christianity, and of evangelical values at least in the form of a sense of emptiness or nostalgia. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there exists a powerful and tragic appeal to be evangelized.
The second sphere is that of those who do not practice. Today there is a very large number of baptized people who for the most part have not formally renounced their Baptism but who are entirely indifferent to it and not living in accordance with it. The phenomenon of the non practicing is a very ancient one in the history of Christianity; it is the result of a natural weakness, a profound inconsistency which we unfortunately bear deep within us. Today however it shows certain new characteristics. It is often the result of the uprooting typical of our time.
It also springs from the fact that Christians live in close proximity with non-believers and constantly experience the effects of unbelief. Furthermore, the non-practicing Christians of today, more so than those of previous periods, seek to explain and justify their position in the name of an interior religion, of personal independence or authenticity. Thus we have atheists and unbelievers on the one side and those who do not practice on the other, and both groups put up a considerable resistance to evangelization.
The resistance of the former takes the form of a certain refusal and an inability to grasp the new order of things, the new meaning of the world, of life and of history; such is not possible if one does not start from a divine absolute. The resistance of the second group takes the form of inertia and the slightly hostile attitude of the person who feels that he is one of the homily, who claims to know it all and to have tried it all and who no longer believes it. Atheistic secularism and the absence of religious practice are found among adults and among the young, among the leaders of society and among the ordinary people, at all levels of education, and in both the old Churches and the young ones.
The Church's evangelizing action cannot ignore these two worlds, nor must it come to a standstill when faced with them; it must constantly seek the proper means and language for presenting, or representing, to them God's revelation and faith in Jesus Christ. Like Christ during the time of His preaching, like the Twelve on the morning of Pentecost, the Church too sees before her an immense multitude of people who need the Gospel and have a right to it, for God "wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth.
The Church is deeply aware of her duty to preach salvation to all. Knowing that the Gospel message is not reserved to a small group of the initiated, the privileged or the elect, but is destined for everyone, she shares Christ's anguish at the sight of the wandering and exhausted crowds, "like sheep without a shepherd" and she often repeats His words: ''I feel sorry for all these people.
The last Synod devoted considerable attention to these "small communities," or communautes de base, because they are often talked about in the Church today. What are they, and why should they be the special beneficiaries of evangelization and at the same time evangelizers themselves? According to the various statements heard in the Synod, such communities flourish more or less throughout the Church.
They differ greatly among themselves both within the same region and even more so from one region to another. In some regions they appear and develop, almost without exception, within the Church, having solidarity with her life, being nourished by her teaching and united with her pastors. In these cases, they spring from the need to live the Church's life more intensely, or from the desire and quest for a more human dimension such as larger ecclesial communities can only offer with difficulty, especially in the big modern cities which lend themselves both to life in the mass and to anonymity.
Or again their aim may be to bring together, for the purpose of listening to and meditating on the Word, for the sacraments and the bond of the agape, groups of people who are linked by age, culture, civil state or social situation: married couples, young people, professional people, etc. In still other cases they bring Christians together in places where the shortage of priests does not favor the normal life of a parish community. This is all presupposed within communities constituted by the Church, especially individual Churches and parishes.
In other regions, on the other hand, communautes de base come together in a spirit of bitter criticism of the Church, which they are quick to stigmatize as "institutional" and to which they set themselves Up in opposition as charismatic communities, free from structures and inspired only by the Gospel. Thus their obvious characteristic is an attitude of fault-finding and of rejection with regard to the Church's outward manifestations: her hierarchy, her signs.
They are radically opposed to the Church. By following these lines their main inspiration very quickly becomes ideological, and it rarely happens that they do not quickly fall victim to some political option or current of thought, and then to a system, even a party, with all the attendant risks of becoming its instrument. The difference is already notable: the communities which by their spirit of opposition cut themselves off from the Church, and whose unity they wound, can well be called communautes de base, but in this case it is a strictly sociological name.
They could not, without a misuse of terms, be called ecclesial communautes de base, even if while being hostile to the hierarchy, they claim to remain within the unity of the Church.