Monday, August 31, 2009

Saying Goodbye to a Favorite Blog - Slow Leadership

I am sad to say goodbye to one of my longtime favorite blogs.  Carmine Coyote of the Slow Leadership blog is retiring and signs off with a GOODBYE post. 

Slow Leadership was one of only a handful of leadership blogs that really reflected the same leadership concepts that I tried to convey in my Lead Quietly blog.

I cited Slow Leadership several times within my posts.  Here is my farewell tribute to Slow Leadership with some of my highlights:

From - The Egotistical (non-quiet) Leader

I read a very insightful article on Slow Leadership where the focus was on the egoistical leader and the impact of their posture,

Do we want to live in a world where politeness, gratitude, understanding, honesty, ethical dealing, and patience have become extinct? Where everyone is locked into their own bubble of petty concerns and nobody cares about anything else? Where rising to the top in career and financial terms means opting out of involvement in “unproductive” activities like friendship, helping others, and just taking time to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world itself?
The basis for quiet leadership must remain altruistic. We must remain true to our beliefs and lose an occasional argument in order to win the debate. Stay the quiet course. And when we succeed, as the Slow Leadership article cited, "our joys and triumphs are greater when shared."

I appreciate the insight offered by Slow Leadership. I remain optimistic that an egotism epidemic can be suppressed with Slow and Quiet Leadership.

From - Build Community - Start simply with smiles and thanks

In a recent post at Slow Leadership, Carmine Coyote wrote about The Power of Gratitude. The post suggest that gratitude is a "major constituent in the glue that holds together groups of all sizes, from a few friends to society as a whole."
This definition places gratitude, which generally starts out with a simple thank you, in a very exalted role. You might debate as to whether gratitude is more or less important than honesty, trust, or service in building community. However, we can immediately agree there is nothing easier than a simple "thank you."

Carmine - THANK YOU for sharing your insight.  You will be missed.

Thanks for reading.  Please lead quietly and SLOWLY.


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