Community Update – 03/27/10
T H A N K Y O U
Seven weeks ago the first country code popped up on a Leadership Freak subscriber’s email address. It was UK for the United Kingdom. Two days later, AU for Australia popped up. Two days later, the Netherlands and Pakistan appeared.
Since then I’ve seen country codes from:
United Arab Emirates
The list is actually much longer because it doesn’t include email addresses from multi-national companies, RSS subscribers, Google Readers, Gmail and other Internet email accounts, visitors to a Portuguese translation, partial reposts, visitors who haven’t subscribed yet, and the hundreds of forwards that you make every day.
Everyday someone makes a comment or sends an email explaining how LF is helping them. It might have been something I wrote or just as likely it was something you wrote.
Thank you for reading, commenting, and
sharing Leadership Freak with others.
Helping leaders reach higher in 300 words or less
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I have heightened expectations and eagerness for the comments, and perspectives that will flow from the culturally and geographically broadened community. Leadership Freak keeps getting better !
This development is tangible proof that developing appreciation of the opportunity to refine skills and the practice surrounding Leadership has universal application and serves a significant gap in the literature and educational process. Your 300 word format generates interest from everyone I’ve made aware of LF.
My opportunities operating outside of the US have made me initially aware, actively conscious, and developed a higher sensitivity to the significant variability in attitudes and culturally adjusted nature of the activity and attitudes toward leadership.
This sensitivity came with the appreciation that in many cases I as a non national needed to listen with a higher awareness of the impact of culture in evolving a profile and expectations for the role of leadership. Significant adjustment in approach and signals or feedback where often required. There was / is equally both intriguing opportunities to learn. Native born “leadership” was often operating under different constraints and expectations from their constituencies than those expect from me. To determine how or if, I adjusted my attitudes and communication I frequently sought counsel from sources as differentiated as anthropologists, and in country political consultants
Great to hear from you again. I appreciate your comments concerning the challenge of communicating across cultures. I’m finding it important to think about the assumptions behind what I’m writing.
One thing I’m learning is simplicity is necessary. I find confusion is easy, clarity is challenging.
Thanks for your comment.
Very impressive. I especially enjoyed post where you mentioned holding your head up and smiling. So simple and so valuable. Thanks for your work!
Thanks for the good word! Good to see you. Best with your new blog expressing your political views. http://exposingliberty.wordpress.com
By the way, the blog about holding your head up is called “Face Dragger” and you can find it at http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/face-dragger/
Impressive the long list! A proof that the LF concerns is global and cross-cultural. Every day the expectation is that someone is facing the same thoughts, dilemma, issue…and looking for the same source of inspiration or motivation to highlight the path and proceed with its vision…either from LF words or readers’ comments.
Thank you for the LF help.
Thanks for being part of the LF community. I’m encouraged by your comment. I’m excited that the LF community is being useful.
Best to you,
Dan, people from several countries you named are participating in #BeMyGuest (a month of mutual guest blogging) for March 2010. Several of us are using the same quote for our 3/31/10 post: “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands” (Richard Bach). We’d LOVE it if you would consider integrating that theme into tomorrow’s blog!! If you do and you post it to twitter, use the #bemyguest hashtag! Thank you for considering this humble little request!
(Paula Kige and Lauren Novo, USA)
Thank you for the invitation. I’ll have to pass this time. I’ll encourage my twitter followers to search #BeMyGuest to find people participating.
I love the premise!
Thanks for thinking of me,
Thanks Dan — the encouragement of others to do this would be much appreciated!!