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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Obama Power - Is it too much or too little

Power gets a bad rap and in some cases rightly so. How does that happen?  It gets a bad rap when a person who is entrusted with power abuses it. I'm not talking about just the President here but anyone who is in a high level position whether it be in government or the CEO of a company.

Let's face it, these are positions that few people want because they require so much responsibility, time, and effort. And yet for a few, they are attracted to the very things that scare others off.

The world needs people who are willing, and hopefully able, to take charge in order to get things done. And when things need to get done, there isn't much room for debate and discussion. Take for instance a commander in the military, when lives are on the line it's do as I say immediately without question. Being a leader means taking charge of the situation by gathering the necessary information to make an informed decision, it means putting the right people in place to get the job done, following up to make sure it's completed right and finally taking full responsibility for its success as well as its failure.

So what qualities would a person have to be attracted to a power position? In the Core Passion TM Profile, the Passion Power is defined as the CEO, General and Authority. There is a gift in having the passion Power and that is the ability to size up any situation and create a plan for completion. The person has the ability to organize and see the larger picture as well as small details. He also has the strength and courage to undertake large projects, financial risks and the management of large organizations.

Of course the greater the gift of Power the greater the challenge that goes with it. The challenges that the passion of power presents is to resist being consumed by the acquisition of wealth and well as using your executive abilities without ordering, intimidating, and dominating people.

So what would this person look like? It is seen as a need to control your environment and surroundings. He demands to be in control and will not settle for anything less. His creed is truth, honesty, and results.  He is an organizer and an administrator.  He has strong principles and a sense of order.  His friends tend to be successful business professionals with whom he can share and from whom he can learn.  He is self-confident and implements his ideas rather abruptly.  He's comfortable in the role of advisor or leader.  He is a rather strict authoritative figure and become defensive if challenged.

As with all passions (everyone has 12 core passions) he is weaving in and out of his gift and challenge of it. So what does it look like when he's in his gift? He would be assertive, problem-solver, good-at-management, and achieve excellence. When he's in the challenge of it, he could swing anywhere from being abusive, biased, egotistical, indifferent, apathetic, poor judgement, misdirect, to oblivious.

So is Obama power to much or too little? You just read what the passion of power looks and sounds like. You can make the decision for yourself. Personally since I know all 12 Core Passions, I would say his power is one of his top passions but not his strongest. People who are liberal tend to have more of the passion of compassion and in Obama's case I would say the passion of Inspiration and Recognition are what motivates him.

You can check out my website if you would like to learn more about your own 12 Core Passions TM.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nurses Strike - Not Valued in Workplace

It's sad to see people get taken advantage of in any shape of form but to see it done publicly by a  business is particularly disturbing.

The 12,000 strong nurse's union are fighting to keep the concessions that they received  from the last contract intact. However, the hospital's want to take it all away and replace it with .... nothing. Apparently it is more important to give the CEO a million dollar bonus than it is to provide a better nurse to patient ratio.  How many nurses do you think could have been added to provide better care for the patients with a million dollars?

For those of you who haven't been getting the whole story, one of the issues the nurse's would like to see is better patient care. They get stressed out when they have too many patients to cover and feel like they're not providing the best of care. Like anyone who cares about what they do, they want to provide the best care and yet feel strapped by the constraints of their employers. Who really does the bulk of the work at a hospital, the nurses of course. And yet, this is the area that they want to cut. What is it really saying?  It's saying that they're not valuable, which is nonsense. A patient has more contact with the nurses than they do with anyone else.

When they did strike for a day, what the public doesn't know is that some nurses were escorted out of the building before they could finish up the charts for their patients. There were nurses who were in the middle of giving meds to patients. This is scary. How would the replacements know where to start if the charts aren't kept up. What else came out of the strike is that quite a few of the replacements were fresh from nursing school and didn't know how to do some of the jobs that they were replacing and yet they were getting paid twice as much as the regular nurses.

What is sad is that nurses, as a whole, are compassionate people that are being taken advantage of because of their caring nature. Being of service in a meaningful way is what motivates them to care for others. Here we have a group of people who are putting the patient first and yet the hospitals are saying it's all about pay and benefits. The media has picked up on this publicity stunt instead of investigating the real issues. I know this to be true because I have relatives and friends who are nurses.

In the end it will be the future patients that will suffer,  it could be you, it could be me, if the hospitals don't listen to the nurses. They REALLY know what's going on because they're actually doing it every day instead of sitting behind a desk pushing a pencil.

I don't know about you, but when it comes to my health I prefer to listen to the professionals and not management. If the nurses say they can only handle no more than two patients per nurse in ICU,  I think they know what they're talking about.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What do George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Elizabeth Taylor have in common?

No they weren’t all in a movie together. They all donate their time, money, and energy to global issues.

Have you ever noticed that celebrities, in general, are very compassionate people?

Within the 12 Core Passions that everyone possess there is compassion. Unlike the passion Service that seeks to serve others on a community level, Compassion is the strong desire to serve on a global level. It shows up in areas like world hunger, saving the rainforests and environmental issues.

Typically a person will take care of themselves before they take care of others. That means when they are financially stable they have no problem helping others. However, for someone who rates high in Compassion that is not a factor. They will give of themselves freely and to others before themselves. For them there is a driving force that compels them to serve. It does something for them. They get something out of it. The reward may be a simple thank you, a smile on someone’s face, or a tender embrace.

The rest of us need a little push, or to say it better, we need to be inspired to serve. Everyone has these buttons that can be pushed to ignite them to action. The secret is in knowing what to say or do to ignite the action that you seek.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Serve No One!

That sounds rather cold but it’s closer to the truth than you might think. The tag line would be-unless I want to.

On a deep level everyone wants to make a contribution, leave their mark to society in some shape or form. So why doesn’t that just naturally happen? Why is it that groups and causes can ask for assistance but you don’t jump at the chance to help out?

The reason is simple. It doesn’t do anything for you. In order for you to want to be of service it not only has to be a cause that you’re passionate about, but be in the form of service that you want to give. The service could be hands on, coordinating, planning or handling the finances. Whatever you are best at is what will give you pleasure because then you know you gave your best. It is ONLY in that sequence of events that you will truly feel like you have contributed from your heart.