Monday, January 30, 2012

What Do You Espouse?

Learning is eventually always about action, and one basic reflective skill involves using gaps between what we say and what we do as a vehicle for becoming more aware. For example, I may profess a view, (an espoused theory) that people are basically trustworthy. But I never lend friends money and jealously guard all my possessions. Obviously, my theory in use, my deeper mental model, differs from my espoused theory. - Peter Senge

The key to personal growth is learning to bridge that gap. Until that's achieved, no learning can occur. Your wallowing in self deception, a victim of the 11th Commandment. "Thou shalt not fake thyself out." The ability to recognize wether or not your actions, reflect your espoused theory while your taking those actions, is what distinguishes the truly exceptional individual. True leaders align their actions with the principles they aver to.

Let's apply that to the political arena. One of the standards of a true leader is to never lift yourself up by diminishing another. Are the candidates that are currently vying for office using true leadership principles? How they espouse the above rule speaks volumes about the character of the leader. If you support a candidate, ask yourself is he or she passes this smell test. If not, are they qualified to hold the office of the most powerful leader in the world? Shouldn't we expect this from our highest office candidate?

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

1 comment:

  1. Yes we should expect this. Do they walk the talk?
    I personally think there is one guy in the race who does and has for a very long time!

    Regardless of the outcome of this election. Just as Winston Churchill was shunned and dismissed for much of his career. Yet today history remembers him as one of the greatest leaders that courageously stood against the onslaught of tyranny at that time.

    Today and for the past 20+ years, Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul has been warning about the abandonment of the gold standard, the unchecked growth of government and the loss of individual liberty. His Congressional voting record and family life are evidence of his courageous, principled stance!

    Ron Paul is not the solution, he is simply a voice, 1 voice. We must follow his good example and stand for principles and walk the talk our selves!
    All the way to 1 million!
    Thank you Capt!
    God Bless!