In a situation like Hurricane Irene, do you help others or save yourself ? I have talked with people who see the world as themselves and their family. There are others who see themselves helping the broader community. I started to ask myself, “What would I do… fend for myself, or help others?” The above are my thoughts as I rode my bike this morning. What do you think… is it about you and your family or the world?
After writing about Steve Jobs and his charisma, I started to wonder what the difference was between charisma and integrity. Which characteristic is the most important? Are they related? Are they different? Which of our leaders possessed these traits?
There have been many leaders who have charisma, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy. Then there is also… well… Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden. They had it too. These examples must mean charisma can be used for both good or evil. Integrity, on the other hand can only be good, right? Not so fast, we have had people do some horrible things in the name of integrity. Rev Jones openly burned the Koran and Anders Breivik murdered 69 people in Norway, both thought they had integrity and were doing the right thing for the future of society.
I am visual person and was curious to see what images came up when I typed these words into Google. I started with charisma and received several pages full of a half dressed model Charisma Carpenter. I then changed my settings to safe strict search and tried again, the same images came up. All I could get was Miss Carpenter, page after page of her. So I guess in our world charisma is whatever she has.
Then I typed in the word Integrity and looked for pictures. There was only one thing that stood out, several signs with the word integrity. That was it, nothing else more interesting or thought provoking, with the exception maybe of a compass. From my intensive research project I am able to establish at least one truth from my research project. Charisam has much more appeal then integrity.
For those of you who like to dig in a little deeper, here are is the definition of these words:
1: a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader)
2: a special magnetic charm or appeal <the charisma of a popular actor>
1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2: an unimpaired condition : soundness
3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided
What do you think the difference between Charisma and Integrity is?
I have been a Steve Jobs fan for many years. His recent resignation as CEO of Apple was the end of an era. Over the years, I have enjoyed his inspiring speeches and the video above is one of my favorites. The presentation is about Apples new (at the time) brand ”Think Different”. I like it because he is talking about core values. You probably already are familiar with Steve’s famed “charisma.” He is considered to be the best marketer in the world. Enjoy!
My son told me of this poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling written from a father to a son. In this case it is my son who is the teacher. It is interesting to note in he speaks of trusting yourself in the very beginning of the poem.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
I met two new interesting people at lunch today, Allen and Varcy. I guess it is no BIG surprise we ended up talking about trust and integrity. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the subject and these folks were no exception. We talked for about an hour and at the end they let me take their picture.
We spoke about how culture impacts our ability to trust. The culture we were speaking about was that of our family, community, and even the country. When it came to our country, we talked about getting the federal government to see trusting local communities is the way out of several current social problems. Allen and Varcy believe local people would absolutely rise to the challenge of taking care of their own, if the government would trust them to do so. This is a bit of an over simplification of a longer conversation. However the basic thought is to do away with the entitlement mentality as it puts people in chains and disempowers families and communities. There is a need to shift to a responsibility culture, one where the individual is responsible for themselves and to their community.
Are they right, or are these days gone forever? What do you think?
When it comes to the national debt they had another ineresting suggestion. With the caveat that the government must get its spending under control, they again want the government to trust us to care about our own country. They suggested we put a box people could check on their tax returns to donate money towards the payoff the our national debt. Hmm, interesting idea, what is the downside?
What do you think? Would you donate money to the government to pay off our debt? Would you trust them?
When it comes to the stock market we also talked about greed vs fear and how when people are feeling scared they sell fast. When they are feeling trustful or opportunistic, the stock market goes up. We are trading on the deep fear side these days and it may be a while before we collectively trust our economy again. They seemed to think people are going to be more fearful for a long time to come. What do you think? Are we getting more fearful or more opportunistic? I would like to hear your thoughts on all these questions.
Thanks Allen and Varcy for the great conversation, I trust you!
I took these photo’s recently while on tour. I was about to tell you the story of my experience, but then I looked at them and I thought - they tell their own story. What do you think they are saying. I would like your reaction. What do think the story is – what do they mean to you?
The irony of this blog is the teacher became the student. I started out sharing a story about paying attention to the small lies, when towards the end of my comments I caught myself telling a small lie. The voice inside my head was saying, it was no big deal. All I did was say I was recording this on August 22 when it was actually the 23rd. It was no big deal, no one was hurt nobody would even care… right?
Wrong, at least for me. It is the practice of not letting this small mistakes happen or if they do quickly correctly them which is integrity. I accidentally made my own the point more vivid by making the mistake live, but quickly acknowledging it and fixing it. It was much more effective then the story I was telling about a women I read about in Nevada.
I work on this everyday – and I am still making these kind of mistakes. What’s the message? I think my mistake speaks for itself, or as they say in Latin – Res ipsa loquitur
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