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America divided on the secret to its success—Camila Rey and Sofi Sinozich
Interesting to see how Boomers and Millennials see America’s success differently. May have a piece coming on this soon.
Compared with those in many other countries, Americans stand out for theirpatriotism. But public opinion surveys show that Americans disagree over what’s behind their country’s success.
Pew Research Center’s political values survey has consistently found that overwhelming majorities agree with the statement “I am very patriotic.” In 2012, 89% of Americans agreed with this statement; the share agreeing has never fallen below 85% in the survey’s 25-year history.
Great post from Scot on people fearing church. Helpful as usual. The dude’s brilliant.
In a few of his many writings Roger Scruton wags his finger at the deconstructionists, and he’s concerned especially with Foucault and Rorty and in some measure Derrida. He calls the concern oikophobia. (See his A Political Philosophy or The Need for Nations.) Oikophobia is a Greek term, composed of house/household and fear, and the term is thus used to describe rejection of all things local and home-ish, that is, that which is Western, traditional, the supposed hegemony of bourgeois culture, and what amounts to a Western sense of economy.
Four Ways to Express Love to the People You Lead—Eric Geiger
I help manage Eric’s blog. We posted this blog post just a few minutes ago. I’m a big fan. Helpful stuff here.
Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages has been a helpful resource to many couples. He challenges spouses to learn each other’s love language—how one most feels loved, pursued, and valued—whether through time, words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, or touch. When Kaye, my wife, jokingly insists that she has all five languages, I remind her of the portion in the book that says if your spouse cannot determine her love language, it is because her “love tank” is full. I’m all about Kaye with a full love tank. Dr. Chapman’s work provided a simple framework that helps couples think through how to pursue and express love to their spouses.
While Chapman’s work is grounded in marriage, there are some takeaways for leadership. A great leader cares for those on the team and does not view those on the team as if they exist for him/her. The opposite is true—a great leader sets himself/herself up as the servant of the team. A wise leader pursues those on the team, not just to recruit them initially but to keep them engaged. The reality is that your best people are volunteers, regardless if you pay them. So expressing love and appreciation to them is essential. To serve the team well, you must know those you are leading. You must know how members on the team feel valued and appreciated. How do those on the team feel most valued and appreciated? Is it time, words of affirmation, acts of service, or gifts?