Ron's Material Leadership Blog

It is my sincerest hope that the stories I share are helpful to others. I have experienced first hand that many people toil in obscurity, searching for answers, ashamed to reach out and ask for help. This blog will contain experiences and wisdom that I have gained over the years that I hope will offer guidance in dealing with some of life's challenges.

Why the name material leadership? If you are curious the answer is on my website.
The link on the side bar.

Lead well


Monday, November 26, 2007

Finding Purpose in Life

Over the next few weeks I a going to bring to you the stories of some people who have had a significant impact on me as a person and a leader. In each case their story was compelling and what stood out was a clear sense of purpose. I hope you like them. I hope you will join me in a discussion about them.

If there is a specific question that you think I should ask an interviewee let me know and I will try to include it. Although you would never know it from this blog, I love interviewing people. I have found that most people are pretty open about sharing of themselves when you want to listen. I have also found that just about everyone has a compelling story to share.

I hope you get as much value from this as I do. Later this week the first of these leadership interviews will be posted.

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The Dip by Seth Godin

This was the first of Mr. Godin’s books I have read and I must say it will not be the last. I enjoyed this book and found its message wise and on point for our age. The premise of the book is that there is a time to quit a role, project, effort and a time to stay. When we have the opportunity to be the very best and are willing to pay the price, it is time to stay. When it is clear that staying will result in mediocrity or worse yet (Mr. Godin’s term for a dead end) a cul-de-sac, it is time to move on to something where we can be our best. The dip is the place in between. The place where we face opposition, adversity and discouragement. It is here that many wrongly chose to give up when greatness is not that far away for the brave souls who persevere.

Complexity: Low

Length: Short

Compelling: Very much

Worthwhile: Definitely