I didn’t know it but I’m a great fan of empirical creativity. If you’re not moving you can’t learn though. So action and reflection (test and calibrate) is my current learning mode. Consistent action based on core values+goals+methods works really well if you can start with a very small piece of the pie and grow it by cycles. I think that’s what he means by commitment to growth, one should grow whether in crisis or victory. That’s the discipline. Preparing for the worst (productive paranoia) is the hardest one for me. Have to reflect on that.

Richard Burkey

I am a big fan of Jim Collins. When I read Built to Last 10 years ago, I came away committed to being a leader who builds clocks more then simply tells time. His concepts from that book of being a hedgehog, and especially to preserve the core (values) and stimulate progress have guided me as a leader.

His book Good to Great affirmed my desire to be what he calls a Level 5 leader.

Saw while waiting for a flight from Delhi to Chicago to San Diego, and seeing his newest book Great by Choice on sale. I picked it up. You know it’s a good book, when on a day that featured 21 hours of plane time out of 24 1/2 hours, and you can stay awake to read it, then it has to be good. Indeed, it was great.

Collins writing style is based on research…

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About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at rheaharmsen.com
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