This book talk by Putnam demonstrates how much work is to be done in the community development realm. Many of the issues he discusses are extremely relevant to the communities in which I have lived. My interest really piqued when he mentioned a few issues that I work with on a daily basis. Those are “Goodnight Moon” time (the time spent reading with your children) and pay to play in schools. There was so much more in this talk.
Check it out:
From the article “Direction, alignment, commitment: Toward a more integrative ontology of leadership by Wilfred H. Drath, Cynthia D. McCauley, Charles J. Palus, Ellen Van Velsor, Patricia M.G. O’Connor, and John B. McGuire. The article was published in Volume 19, Issue 6 of the Leadership Quarterly.
“[W]e propose an ontology in which the essential entities are three leadership outcomes: (1) direction: widespread agreement in a collective on overall goals, aims, and mission; (2) alignment: the organization and coordination of knowledge and work in a collective; and (3) commitment: the willingness of members of a collective to subsume their own interests and benefit within the collective interest and benefit. (A more detailed discussion of these outcomes is presented later.) Adopting such an ontology would mean that talk of leadership would no longer necessarily involve talk of leaders and followers and their shared goals, but would necessarily involve talk of direction, alignment, and commitment. Likewise, to practice leadership would no longer necessarily involve leaders, followers, and their shared goals but would necessarily involve the production of direction, alignment, and commitment (which may or may not involve leaders and followers). We are therefore advocating the idea that leadership theory and practice would be better served in the future by a development in leadership vocabulary at the most basic ontological level.”
Some of the kids that I work with wanted to do the #IceBucketChallenge. Before we did it we discussed #ALS and civic engagement. Afterwards they dumped water on their heads and on me.
Full Circle Ice Bucket from Douglas County Housing on Vimeo.
Random thought. . .
The best thing that Derrick Jensen ever wrote was Premise Four in his book Endgame:
Premise Four: Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.
Premise Four provides a great starting point if we want to understand what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri.
This year I am taking part in Leadership Lawrence, a leadership program based on the Kansas Leadership Center‘s Four Competencies – Diagnose Situation, Manage Self, Facilitate Intervention and Energize Others. I was drawn to this program after hearing how amazing, awful, and stressful it was. The neat thing is that the same people shared both positve and negative experiences with the program. This made the recommendations more real. . .more sincere.
On Monday, March 10 I had a blast speaking to Kim Murphree of Lawrence Hits about my experience (so far!) with the program. My interview starts at the 32:00 minute mark. Please ignore my cold and click here to listen: http://lawrencehits.com/wp/blog/podcast/leadership-lawrence-radio-hour-031014/