Better than right: Turning mistakes into an advantage


A new breed of soccer managers is owning up to vulnerability, and it’s helping them to connect with their teams (and get results).

by Ben Lyttleton, Leadership February 20, 2020 (strategy+business)

Liverpool FC coach Jürgen Klopp has found success by incorporating his own vulnerabilities into his leadership style.

Liverpool FC coach Jürgen Klopp has found success by incorporating his own vulnerabilities into his leadership style.
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Jürgen Klopp, head coach of soccer team Liverpool FC, and recently voted FIFA’s Best Coach of 2019, likes to tell a story about motivating his players ahead of an important match. He showed them movie clips from Rocky IV of Rocky Balboa preparing to take on Ivan Drago. Klopp gave a rousing speech about Soviet technology, Siberian training camps, and good versus evil. But when he looked at his players, he realized they were too young to have heard of Rocky. No one had a clue what he was talking about.

“We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense,” is how he put it. “This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. But we get up the next morning and we go again.”

Klopp has a toothy grin and a charming belly laugh. He gives his players regular bear hugs and big victories can move him to tears. That’s why in Germany, his photo appeared on the cover of Manager Magazin under the headline: Der Feelgood-Boss. The Wall Street Journal calls Klopp the model of modern management, and he is admired by coaches from soccer and other sports for his ability to connect with his players.

The story Klopp tells about Rocky goes to the heart of his success: He is just like us. He makes mistakes. He is authentic and vulnerable, the two characteristics Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, says are key to social connection, which is an important component in helping people perform to their potential.

As we lose our trust in traditional institutions such as the church and government, and loosen our geographic ties, often moving away from family, we look for greater social connection and belonging in the workplace. “Work and home are the two hubs where we go to experience community and meaning,” says therapist Esther Perel, whose podcast How’s Work examines workplace relationships. “You want a place where you can experience a sense of personal development and purpose and meaning.”

The rise of the vulnerable leader is a move away from the old-fashioned command-and-control style of soccer leadership. Jürgen Klopp and a cohort of like-minded coaches have shown that managing requires honesty, empathy, and authenticity.

Klopp is at the forefront of a new wave of successful soccer coaches who seek to provide just such an infrastructure for their players. In the team environment that they create, vulnerability helps these coaches to unlock talent. It’s a lesson they’ve learned from the business world, where the idea that vulnerability can be an asset in inspiring team performance is not new. Although today’s sports megastars routinely get emotional after wins and losses, embracing vulnerability in sports management has lagged behind. Klopp, through his actions and personality, has helped turn vulnerability into a superpower.

Julian Nagelsmann is a German coach in the Klopp mold. The 32-year-old wunderkind is coach of RB Leipzig, who are currently challenging FC Bayern Munich for the German league title. He has described his job as “30 percent tactics and 70 percent social competence.”

We no longer expect our leaders to have all the answers, and it’s refreshing to hear them admit as much. “I don’t know the solution,” another German coach, Paris Saint-Germain FC’s Thomas Tuchel, told me during a frank conversation. “I can do it my way, but I never want to say, ‘I know how it’s done.’ I know nothing. I just try my things, and every day is new.” Tuchel is currently wrestling with the pleasant dilemma of getting the most expensive strike force in soccer history to perform.

England national team coach Gareth Southgate is yet another leader who has used his emotional intelligence to connect with his players and the public. His biggest moment of vulnerability came as a player in 1996, when he missed the decisive penalty in a European Championship semifinal defeat to Germany. “I’ve learnt a million things from the day and the years that have followed it,” Southgate said. “The biggest thing being that when something goes wrong in your life, it doesn’t finish you.”

In his role as coach, Southgate sees his players as people first and athletes second. He encouraged Fabian Delph to leave the 2018 World Cup squad to be with his pregnant wife for the birth of their third child (in the past, male players were expected to miss childbirth), he supported Danny Rose during his period of depression, and he has publicly backed Raheem Sterling as a powerful and respected voice against racism on and off the pitch. Under Southgate’s empathetic leadership, England reached the semifinal of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, its best result since 1990.

Southgate builds trust and drives commitment and engagement by expressing his emotions and encouraging others to follow — by reframing vulnerability as a strength. As Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, said in his TED Talk on the subject: “When it comes to creating cooperation, vulnerability is not a risk but a psychological requirement.”

The coach of English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, Graham Potter, has a master’s degree in leadership and emotional intelligence and is known for his discourses on Eastern philosophy. He is famous in Sweden for showing his vulnerabilities by dancing a ballet solo from Swan Lake in front of a packed local theater. It was part of a cultural project by his former Swedish team, Östersunds FK, designed to bring everyone out of their comfort zone and closer together.

Potter was nervous about the challenge, but the experience was a positive one. “If you rely on your position of power, it’s only a short-term solution,” he told me. “Sometimes it’s about not having all the answers. For me…this role is about whether you can affect someone’s life in a positive way.” Potter has been tipped to one day succeed Southgate as England boss.

The rise of the vulnerable leader is a move away from the old-fashioned command-and-control style of soccer leadership. Klopp and a cohort of like-minded coaches have shown that managing requires honesty, empathy, and authenticity. The results, on the pitch and in the boardroom, make it worthwhile. Klopp’s Liverpool is currently the reigning European champion and the club world champion. The team is on the brink of winning the English league for the first time in 30 years. Klopp is the architect of this dominance.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY FEBRUARY 25


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Corazon Aquino

1986 – Ousting of Marcos in the Philippines On this day in 1986, Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, under pressure from the United States, fled his country for Hawaii after a fraudulent electoral victory over Corazon Aquino, who replaced him as president.

Nicaragua

1990 – In Nicaragua, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro of the U.S.-financed National Opposition Union achieved an upset victory over the incumbent president, Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista National Liberation Front.

Elizabeth I

1570 – As pope, Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England from the Roman Catholic Church.

Mother’s Journey


EN-DRIVEN FREEDOM

This journey is filled with serenity when everything’s alright, sometimes anxious when things go wrong, full of fraught and temptations, rejections, and challenges. Where can I run or hide? But the truth is every circumstance braved do dealt with prayer and devotion. Trusting God’s mercy and compassion, the absolute antidote of the many adversities along this journey. Enemies could be physical or they could be spiritual hence need to be tactful and strong . These enemies could be from without, but more insidiously from within. Reflecting yourself from which it really exists, find it out. Dare to brave the storms of your journey, dare to risk whenever necessary, dare to venture the right direction, dare to face challenges and defy evil.

Single moms mostly found comfortable in their own ways keeping their children happy and loving. Their ways are soft but tough in other matter to protect their children from…

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More than 8000 Californians under “self-quarantine” for coronavirus


Zero enforcement of “voluntary” quarantine measures… medical INSANITY on parade

Image: More than 8000 Californians under “self-quarantine” for coronavirus, almost none of them tested… zero enforcement of “voluntary” quarantine measures… medical INSANITY on parade

(Natural News) With global coronavirus infections now topping 80,000 according to “official” numbers, California now has 8,000 people under self-quarantine, which essentially means they’re given suggestions to avoid interacting with others.

According to the SF Chronicle, the California Department of Public Health just released this number earlier today. Yet apparently none of these people have been tested for the coronavirus, since California isn’t releasing any numbers describing how many people are being tested (hint: it’s essentially zero).

According to California’s Dept. of Public Health coronavirus page, a grand total of “185 persons have been tested to date,” but all that testing has been conducted by the CDC in Atlanta. “At this time, the only laboratory testing for the novel coronavirus is being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) laboratory,” says the California government’s web page.

No TESTING results in “no evidence” of any transmission… it’s a miracle of modern medical science

Since virtually no one is being tested for the coronavirus in America, California’s Dept. of Public Health is able to claim, “There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in in the United States” and “However, the health risk to the general public in California remains low. ”

Obviously there cannot ever be evidence of “sustained person-to-person transmission” if the people who are infected are never tested. This now appears to be the entire containment strategy of California, Washington, Hawaii and the CDC.

We call it the, “Don’t Test, Don’t Tell” approach to pandemic management.

Oh, and as a bonus, California “self-quarantine” protocols are essentially nothing more than giving people suggestions on their behavior, with zero enforcement or monitoring. And as we’ve already seen in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and elsewhere, people routinely disobey “voluntary” quarantine rules, or they make excuses for themselves like saying, “But I was only in the grocery store for five minutes…”

The CDC has only tested 426 people in the entire country, including the 185 from California

What’s astonishing about all this is the fact that the CDC has only tested 426 people in the entire country, according to its own official website:

During this same time period, South Korea has managed to test 28,000 people and China has tested hundreds of thousands. Yet in America, where we’re all told we have the best medical system in the world, we can only test an average of 16 or 17 people per day?

No, the First Christians Were Not Socialists


We are called to be generous, not to abandon private property

Trent Horn 5/14/2019

Some critics say not only that Catholics can be socialists, but that they should be socialists because that was how the first Christians lived. They cite Acts 2:45, which says, “all who believed were together and had all things in common;and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.” But when we examine the biblical and historical evidence a different picture emerges: the first Christians lived in communities that practiced voluntary charity rather than mandatory communism or socialism.

Classic socialism (which in many contexts is interchangeable with the term “communism”) rejects the natural right to own private property. Bhaskar Sunkara, the editor of the popular socialist magazine Jacobin writes, “Radically changing things would mean taking away the source of capitalists’ power: the private ownership of property.” This is why Pope Leo XIII said, “the main tenet of socialism, [the] community of goods, must be utterly rejected.”

Nowhere in the New Testament do we find a prohibition against owning private property. We do find the practice of believers placing goods at the apostles’ feet for communal distribution (Acts 4:34-35), but even this generosity is not mandated for all Christians.

Given the persecution of the early Church, it made sense for Christians to share communal property and meet in private homes for worship (1 Cor. 16:19), but those practices are not proof that all Christians are obliged to live this way. If socialism was morally required of Christians we would expect the New Testament to say this or at least mandate a tithe, but as New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg points out, while tithing was commanded of God’s people in the Old Testament, “no New Testament text ever mandates a tithe but rather commands generous and sacrificial giving instead.”

Further, Acts 2:45 does not unambiguously say first century Christians completely renounced private property. The verse literally says of the faithful and their possessions, “they were selling and were dividing them to all” (Gr. hyparxeis epipraskon kai diemerizon auta) rather than “they had sold and distributed them to all.”  Luke’s use of imperfect verbs in this verse seems to describe a continuing process of selling extra property and goods in order to support the poor. But in order to do that Christians would have had to retain some private property even after becoming believers.

Some critics contend that the story of Ananias and Sapphira shows that renouncing property and giving it to the apostles was mandatory. Acts 5 describes how this couple, “kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” But a careful reading of the passage shows the couple’s sin was not their mere withholding of property from the collection. Peter says the property was theirs before they sold it. Rather, it was their lie to the Apostles, who represented God’s authority that incurred this fatal judgment (Acts 5:3-4).

After the apostolic age, pagan critics like Lucian and Christian apologists like Justin Martyr describe Christians sharing goods in common with one another, a practice which isn’t surprising given that by the second century Jews who worshipped Jesus had been expelled from the synagogues and the Romans persecuted those who openly admitted to being Christian. Deprived of traditional social structures, Christians relied on each other for survival and were so generous that the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate noted how they “support not only their own poor but ours as well; all men see that our people lack aid from us.”

However, the Eastern Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart in his article, “Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?” claims Christians repudiated wealth even after they were longer persecuted, saying, as an example: “The great John Chrysostom frequently issued pronouncements on wealth and poverty that make Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin sound like timid conservatives.” But believers were required not to renounce their wealth, but to be generous with the poor. Chrysostom said as much with words that would outrage Karl Marx:

A rich man is one thing, a rapacious man is another: an affluent man is one thing, a covetous man is another. Make clear distinctions, and do not confuse things which are diverse. Are you a rich man? I forbid you not. Are you a rapacious man? I denounce you. Have you property of your own? Enjoy it. Do you take the property of others? I will not hold my peace.

In short, the early Church challenges us to be generous with whatever blessings God has given us. It does not teach that Christians are required to give up private property in favor of socialism, much less that they endorse socialism. This can be seen in St. Paul’s petition to the Corinthians that they give to a collection for poor believers in Judea. He never commanded them to do this, but instead he hoped, “it may be ready not as an exaction but as a willing gift . . . Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:5,7).

‘We are in a bad situation, I live in fear everyday’, Former Governor Peter Obi decries insecurity in Nigeria


FORMER Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, has decried the level of insecurity in Nigeria saying that the country is in a bad situation.

Source: We are in a bad situation, I live in fear everyday, Peter Obi decries insecurity in Nigeria  | The ICIR

Signs of Christian Maturity — For the Gospel


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Some of the most important questions that arise in a Christian’s mind will (and should) have to do with spiritual maturity.

Am I growing? How am I growing? Is “maturity” evident in my life? Have I been consistently (even if slowly) become more like Jesus?

The Bible repeatedly teaches that Christians are supposed to be maturing in many ways — all of which enable us to bring glory to God and fulfill our purpose on earth (Ephesians 2:8-10). In other words, “cruise control” Christianity is not genuine Christianity. Salvation is not merely eternal life insurance. Salvation is not a get-rich, get-healed, get-famous formula either. Scripture teaches that once we are saved, Christians are to be imitating Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), loving others like Christ (1 John 4:7), giving themselves up like Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2), keeping the commandments of Christ (John 14:15), growing in holiness like Christ (1 Peter 1:16), and…

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