Saturday, June 17, 2006

World Cup Day 8

My predictions for today:

Argentina 2 - Serbia & Montenegro 0
Ivory Coast 1 - Holland 1
Mexico 1 - Angola 1

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Law of Reproduction at Work in World Soccer

This article about having 4 dutch coaches in the world cup illustrates John Maxwell's law of reproduction at work.

All of these coaches can be traced to the work of one man, Rinus Michels and how his legacy has produced many coaches of top quality.

Maxwell illustrates in his book the "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" General Electric and NFL coaches that have traced their influence to just one man in their respective fields.

Therefore, in order to become a better leader you must seek out great leaders and learn from them. Find the best leader in your field, join his company, and learn from him or her.

World Cup Day 7

My predictions for today:

Ecuador 1 - Costa Rica 1
England 3 - Trinidad & Tobago 0
Sweden 2 - Paraguay 2

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

World Cup Day 6

My predictions for today:

Germany 3 - Poland 1
Spain 1 - Ukraine 1
Tunisia 3 - Saudi Arabia 0

How I Would Change The Education System

If I were to change the education system I would want children to learn these early on:

  1. Learning how to learn. Children need to learn how to learn even from primary school this gives them the skills to cope with it.

  2. Financial wisdom. Money is one of the most important components in life. (It isn't the most important, but it still is important.) It is the fluid of human society and learning how to manage it will enable people to be more in charge of their lives rather than to let money control their lives.

  3. Social and Communication skills. We spend 60-80% of our lives communicating yet we emphasise only the mechanical skills like grammer and spelling. The principle of using these skills successfully will enable people to understand each other better.

  4. Leadership skills. Leadership isn't being the alpha male/female which implies being better than others. It's about knowing what to do in life and how to go about rather than flounder helplessly with the tide of human whims, emotions, trends and peer pressure.

  5. Time management. Time, the most important resource in the world. Yet no-one teaches this formally?

  6. Servanthood. We all serve one another. From Kings to the humblest ant. Each entity has a purpose. Learn the right perspective.

  7. Values/Ethics/Philosophy/Religion. The material world is created from the unseen, we must understand the spiritual side of life, for we are spiritual beings having human experiences not humans having spiritual experiences.

  8. Sports. Excellence in the material world with the thing that we control the closest. Our bodies.

  9. Image, PR, Grooming and Fashion. We project ourselves and communicate non-verbally as well. Looking good has always been a human thing. People can never know the "real" us. They can only know what they perceive. How well they perceive the "real" us is only as good as how we project ourselves.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Don't Wait for People to Appreciate You

Don't wait for people to appreciate you in order to feel good.

The realities of life is that 90% of the people around you are so wrapped up in the troubles and worries of life that they don't learn to appreciate the world around them.

Anyone can leave the rat-race at anytime. But most don't.

If you can find people who are encouraging and who love people around them, they are truly a rare blessing in this world.

Therefore with these facts of life, you must:
1) Find these gems of people in your network and associate with them. There will be these people, you just have to seek them out.
2) Be a gem yourself. Take time each day and each week to step out and look at the big picture. Appreciate God's creation and people, one of God's greatest creations.