In my professional life, one of my responsibilities is to moderate discussions on leadership, and I will often use quotes from both past and present management/leadership “gurus” as a starter. A recent topic was on intent and impact, and the consequence when they are not aligned. In other words, we can say or do something with the best of intention, but if it is not received in the way we intend, we are subsequently judged based on the consequence. After all, is that not what we do? We judge others based on their actions?
With that thought in mind, I went in search of a quote that I had heard in the past only to discover a number of variations of the same basic message. It was as if we were challenged to understand the original words and needed them simplified in order to understand them. Or is it that we want to choose whom to listen to.
Digging deeper, I found myself exploring Matthew and his words on judging and judgment. The words of the greatest of all leadership “gurus” have always been there just waiting to be heard.
Lord God, I open my ears to hear your words, my head to hear your message, and my heart to love. Amen. — DR