Greatness is not measured by Money or Stature. It is measured by Courage and Heart.

Leo The Lion, "...measured not by money and stature, but courage and heart."


“You remember the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz don’t you?  He was supposed to be the king of the jungle but he had no courage.

Sadly, I see this missing in much leadership today. Let’s face it.  Leading others is hard. There is often loneliness to leadership.  Leadership takes great courage.

Here are some characteristics of cowardly leadership:

1. Says “I’ll think about it” rather than “No”…even when no is already the decided answer…

2. Avoids conflict…even when it is necessary for the good of relationships and the organization…

3. Never willing to make the hard decisions…

4. Pretends everything is okay…even when it’s not…

5. Bails on the team when things become difficult…”

By Ron Edmondson


From Unconventional Leadership

What would you add to this list?


True Compassion is an Action: stop the fatal love of suffering

From Mother Teresa and the fatal love of suffering

Unfortunately, there is a lot of suffering in this world. What should we do when we see someone suffering? To me the answer is simple: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. Work hard for the positive change in this world by combating suffering. To me that’s the true nature of compassion and empathy, morality and spirituality. I could never understand why so many religious leaders and ambassadors refuse to take action, opting for prolonging suffering on this planet. Mother Teresa’s work provides an example of that approach.

Hitchens-Mother-TeresaFrom Mother Teresa Was No Humanitarian

The myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa is dispelled in a paper by Serge Larivée and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal’s Department of Psychoeducation and Carole Sénéchal of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education.  These researchers collected 502 documents on the life and work of Mother Teresa. After eliminating 195 duplicates, they consulted 287 documents to conduct their analysis, representing 96% of the literature on the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity (OMC). Their findings were very disturbing.

“At the time of her death, Mother Teresa had opened 517 missions welcoming the poor and sick in more than 100 countries. The missions have been described as “homes for the dying” by doctors visiting several of these establishments in Calcutta. People coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, but were left dying without receiving appropriate care. The doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers. The problem is not a lack of money—the Foundation created by Mother Teresa has raised hundreds of millions of dollars—but rather a particular conception of suffering and death: “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” was her reply to criticism, cites the journalist Christopher Hitchens. Nevertheless, when Mother Teresa required palliative care, she received it in a modern American hospital.”

“Mother Teresa was generous with her prayers but rather miserly with her foundation’s millions when it came to humanity’s suffering. During numerous floods in India or following the explosion of a pesticide plant in Bhopal, she offered numerous prayers and medallions of the Virgin Mary but no direct or monetary aid?”

How can people understand the compassion by silently witnessing suffering and refusing to provide any help? As David Hayward points out, “it’s one thing to suffer well, it’s another thing to invite it and then keep it long after it wants to go. It’s one thing to sit with others in their suffering, it’s another thing to let it continue when you have the power to change things.” Let’s get that right and stop prolonging the suffering on this planet. True compassion is an action.

From Expanding our Capacity for Kindness


Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world

Small Acts

From PinInterest

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Cleaning our planet one piece at a time

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A person may cause evil to others…

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”

John Stuart Mill

From Thurman’s Soapbox

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“The first thing I had to get used to was the institutionalisation… Establishments like orphanages are only able to function by dehumanising people so they will work as a single unit… It was impossible to display any individuality…

Something I especially hated about the institutions was how, at night,… the lights went out. They would dim slowly and then blackness, no matter what you might be doing… Since those times there have been a lot of exposes about what goes on in these institutions, and they were nirvana for paedophiles… In those dormitories, life was a multi-dimensional reign of terror – you were at risk of abuse from caregivers outside and gangs of boys inside. The longer the others have been there, the stronger their gang was and the more trouble you were up for when you arrived. I discovered quickly tat the more people there are trying to kick the living daylights out of you the better off you are because there’s no room for them to work up a good swing. If it is just two or three you’re going to end up with some serious damage. I learnt to stand up for myself early on. …

One of the few friends I made in all those years, when I was twelve, was a boy my age called Graeme. … He was very intelligent and we had proper conversations about life and what our aspirations were. That sort of bond was rare.

But Graeme was also very vulnerable. He was bit for his age and a very good-looking boy with a crop of blond hair and very pale, luminescent skin. He was a quiet, gentle boy and just the sort paedophiles find really attractive.

One of our caregivers became obsessed with him and sodomised him frequently in the dormitory…

I convinced Graeme that we should go to the head administrator and tell him what was happening. We told him our story and he agreed to follow up but advised that the teacher was well respected and a good teacher, which he was, and advised that he was confident that no further ‘incidents’ would take place and it would be best not to mention this again.

But like so many things, it was a political decision. I realised later the immorality of that: I had gone to somebody in trust to try to stop something bad happening, and I got a political response.

And, of course, this man felt rejected because his affection for Graeme was genuine. He had just taken it to the next level. So he felt betrayed and he took that out on the boy. And one day it got too much and Graeme went into the changing rooms and hanged himself.”

(from ‘Rebel with a cause’ by Ray Avery)