photo by mer, dessert botanical garden of phoenix, may 14, 2007
Last weekend, a friend from Indonesia, who is an Editor-in-chief of one magazine, wrote me an email, asking me to write her a little story about people who have given a legacy in me and what impact they had printed in my life. She asked those questions as part of her writing project on “The Leadership.” Her understanding of leadership is based mostly on the principles endorsed by James M Kouze and Barry Z. Posner. Leadership, as defined by Kouze and Posner, is “a process ordinary people use when they are bringing forth the best from themselves and others” and is not “the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women.” From an analysis of the personal-best cases, they developed a model of leadership that consists of what Kouzes and Posner call The Five Practices of Exemplary LeadershipÂ®:
My friend likes my advice so much that he frames it upon the wall instead of using it.
My panic manic experience of being disconnected yesterday has inspired me to make a couple of quotes:
1. I do not fear the Internet. I fear the lack of it.
2. Why drug addicts and Internet aficionados both are called users?
“Doing Ph.D. is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarfs. In the beginning you’re Dopey and Bashful. In the middle, you are usually Sneezy, Sleepy, and Grumpy. But at the end, they call you Doc, and then you’re Happy.”
Do we do things because we could? Or because we should?
Why we are should-ing all over ourselves?
I am nobody.
Nobody is perfect.
Therefore: I am perfect.
In January 2004 I tried the Political Compass for the first time to check on my political inclination. The result surprised me. I found out that I was a far-left libertarian, with scores as follows: Economic Left/Right = -8.25, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian= -4.77. It located me in the same quadrant as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. Continue reading