Pentecost Sunday: The power of the Spirit


May 30, 2020 by Carol J. Dempsey / National Catholic Reporter

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“Pentecost, from Old and New Testaments” by Augustin Hirschvogel, 1548 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The nightmare of COVID-19, a global pandemic which none of us has ever experienced in any of our lifetimes, has wreaked havoc on so many lives. Everywhere the same sign on businesses appears: “closed.” The worldwide internet has never before had so much traffic with school lessons, meetings and work sessions all online. People everywhere continue to connect online with loved ones, business partners, friends and acquaintances. International leaders try to work together; worldwide corporations in the public sector answer the clarion call for masks, ventilators and hospital beds. For once, the world’s people have tried to unite in the common efforts of care and concern as death tolls rise amid fears that have cut right into our cores, leaving us to wonder what life will be like once COVID-19 ceases to dominate the face of the Earth.

COVID-19 has created gaping holes in the fabric of human life, regardless of race, creed, economic and ethnic background, orientation, gender or class. Now a spirit of compassion, generosity, ingenuity, hospitality and creativity bonds the human species together, making us realize that despite our diversity, we are all one in this common global pandemic experience.

Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020

Acts 2:1-11

Psalms 104

1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13

John 20:19-23

This “oneness,” however, experienced through this horrific pandemic is an invitation for the human community to reach deep within itself to discover what truly binds us one to another. Certainly, the bond is not COVID-19 but rather, the Spirit of the divine poured into all creation, all life, all people. This Sunday’s readings shine a light on what truly joins us together as a gifted people. For Christians, Pentecost needs to be more than a liturgical feast; it is to be a way of life. Truly, all people are one in the One together and with the rest of creation, and that is the evangelizing word that Christians are called not only to proclaim but also to live out. Without this realization that we are all one, there can be no lasting peace which is the gift that Christ offers and waits for it to come to fruition.

Pentecost is the Greek name for the Israelite feast of Weeks and is the second of Israel’s three classical pilgrim feasts: Unleavened Bread/Passover, Weeks and Booths. Pentecost was originally an agricultural feast that celebrated the end of the grain harvest. Later it became associated with the giving of the law at Sinai. For Christians, Pentecost became known as the “birthday of the church.” An earlier story in Genesis 11 describes a group of people scattered all over the Earth and speaking in different languages that none of them could understand. Here a group of Galileans are gathered in one place. They receive the gift of the Spirit; their language is diversified; and they proclaim the powerful deeds of the divine. Diversification becomes the source for understanding and the impetus for drawing people together. Diversity, rooted in the gift of the Spirit, becomes the foundation for unity.

The responsorial psalm contains an invitation to celebrate the power of the Spirit. This Spirit is not only part of the creative process but also imbued in all creation. If humans were to embrace fully the power and the gift of the Spirit, then every living being would be experiencing renewal and fecundity, the planet would be healing, and violence would cease.

The excerpt from 1 Corinthians is a stark reminder that diversity originates with the divine, who is fully manifested in such diversity. The excerpt also sounds the trumpet against religious, ethnic and class discrimination. At the heart of all life is the Spirit, the gift already given, that has the power to draw all together into the One. Discrimination, isolation, alienation and separation indicate how out of touch we are spiritually and how deep our spiritual crisis truly is, especially among the hegemonic powers of our day.

Finally, the Gospel reminds us that the Spirit, in the form of the resurrected Christ, has the power to permeate locked doors. The gift of Easter and Pentecost, the gift of the Christ, is peace, which is a gift of the Spirit. Peace, the hope of all creation, is the gift given, now waiting for humanity to bring it to fruition.

In sum, catastrophic events often unite people and can bring out the best in them. No event, however, has the power to be as life sustaining and as life altering as the Spirit of which we have all been given to drink.

How to Learn Our Way to Success


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The ability to learn rapidly and strategically are key factors to success during a crisis

Willie Pietersen May 29, 2020

“Darwin asserted that if anyone or anything is to survive in this world, it must learn to adapt.” – James Simon

Human progress depends on our ability to learn and adapt. All the major advances in history have involved a process of discovery, much of it based on trial and error. The graphic below describes the four revolutions that have ushered in the modern era. *

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The agrarian age lasted for about 10,000 years, the industrial age for 200, the information age for 50, and the conceptual age is a mere 20 years old. We can sum up recent progress in one word: acceleration. Our challenge is to cope with increasing disruption and change. As Virginia Rometty, the former CEO of IBM, put it: “In the future, the most important quality any worker can possess will be the propensity to learn”.

Learning in a crisis

At times of crisis our ability to learn rapidly becomes the overriding factor for success, and often of our survival. However, the specific learning techniques we apply must match the situation we face. In other words, we must learn strategically. Crises fall into two basic prototypes – Episodic Crises and Emergent Crises. As described below, each demands its own unique method of learning.

Episodic Crises

These are sudden, catastrophic, and short-lived events, but they leave an aftermath of destruction. Examples are natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, or occurrences like the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

The main form of learning required in these situations is the After-Action Review (AAR). It is a simple but powerful methodology, responding to these questions: What was meant to happen? What actually happened? Why did it happen? How can we prevent it from happening again?

The US military has perfected this technique and applies it rigorously after every engagement or simulation. I have participated in a number of simulations at the US Army War College and have been struck by the unwavering ability of the facilitators to arrive at “ground truth,” which is often painful to acknowledge. The process requires intellectual and moral honesty, a relentless pursuit of root causes, a “no blame” mentality and delivery of specific plans to address any problems. The learning is then disseminated across the entire military system, thus producing a shared process of improvements over time.

Some years ago, on a visit to Tokyo, I woke up in the middle of the night in my hotel room with my bed shaking. It was pronounced but unthreatening, and in a way quite pleasant. Some beds have vibration as a feature, and I wondered whether this bed had been activated by mistake. After a few minutes the shaking stopped, and, undeterred, I went back to sleep.

The next morning, I heard the dramatic news. Tokyo had been struck by a major earthquake the night before. But my hotel, apart from some broken crockery, was unscathed. So were the vast majority of buildings in Tokyo. Japan has learned systematically from a long history of earthquakes and has devised creative methods of constructing virtually “earthquake proof” high-rise buildings that have saved thousands of lives.

It is chilling but noteworthy that every time there is a plane crash, aviation gets safer. The industry is relentless in its quest to identify the root causes of failures. Once the diagnosis is complete, the learning is rapidly shared across the industry. The statistics on airline safety testify to the success of this approach. In 1959 there were 40 fatal accidents per million departures in the US. Today, there are 0.1 per million, despite the vast increase in air traffic.

 After the appalling tragedy on 9/11, an AAR was conducted by an impartial national commission. The investigation revealed a harsh reality – the failure to synthesize early warning signals that had been identified in different parts of the sprawling US intelligence system. With the benefit of a holistic picture, this catastrophe could potentially have been prevented. The result of this finding was the creation of the Director of National Intelligence, whose job it is to coordinate information picked up in the numerous intelligence agencies and thereby keep the nation safer.

Every organization can master the AAR method of learning from its successes and failures. This is, after all, how science learns. The task always is to ensure that the value of the learning is bigger than the cost of mistakes.

To bring this down to earth, we can draw inspiration from a farmer’s homespun philosophy when his cow falls into a ditch. First, get the cow out of the ditch; then find out why the cow fell into the ditch; and finally ensure the cow never falls into the ditch again.

Emergent crises

These crises involve a relentless flow of escalating harm, where both the cause and the solutions are uncertain, and where there is no clear end point. The current pandemic is a prime example. Emergent crises differ from episodic crises in fundamental ways and require a totally different kind of learning.

The challenge in these cases is to make rapid choices in a fast-moving environment, with incomplete information. If the growth of the crisis outpaces our ability to adapt, chaos would ensue. This demands a process of dynamic learning and continuous recalibration as events unfold.

Learning our way through the crisis

Here, based on the best evidence, are the key learning methods to apply at both the governmental and organizational levels in an emergent crisis:

Frame the challenge

The springboard for shared learning is to frame the challenge in a clear and honest way, so that everyone can understand the nature of the problem and “the reason why” for the tough choices that will follow. Vivid metaphors and examples help to simplify the issues. Statements like, “The virus respects no boundaries,” and “When you keep yourself safe, you keep me safe,” help shape the right behaviors.

Create a dynamic measurement system

To successfully navigate a fast-moving crisis, our learning methods must involve a process of continuous assessment and re-assessment. Such iterative learning loops help us interpret ongoing changes and calibrate our decisions in real time. The goal is to adapt to new circumstances as they emerge. This kind of fast learning is fueled by a measurement system with the following attributes:

It is selective

Measurement performs two essential functions: it communicates to everyone what is important; and it tracks progress. Good measurement systems are highly selective. They concentrate on the four to five critical drivers of performance. To measure everything is a declaration of confusion – an admission that we don’t know what is important. Think of the gauges in the cockpit of an aircraft. There is limited space. The key is to select the critical measures of performance that the pilot can absorb at a glance. Cram too many gauges into the cockpit, and you will muddle the pilot and endanger the passengers.

It is simple and consistent

Good measures make sense to everyday people and become a source of learning for them. Consistency ensures that we are always comparing like with like. Constantly changing what we measure not only causes disorientation, it arouses suspicion that we may be practicing deception.

It tracks both leading and lagging indicators

Leading indicators are our early warning system. Lagging indicators look back and tell us how we have performed. A key leading indicator in the pandemic is the rate of infection – the so-called R factor. A rate below 1 means the infections are declining and we can continue to open up. If the rate climbs above 1, this tells us an outbreak is occurring and that we need to apply the brakes and increase suppression. Watching the R factor helps us rapidly implement remedial actions before being overwhelmed. The hospitalization and death rates, on the other hand, are lagging indicators. They reflect the results of our inputs.

It measures trends, not snapshots

Snapshots tell us nothing. They are not comparative. A graphic depiction of a trend can show us at a glance whether we are heading in the right or wrong direction. Trends tell a story, reveal the need for action, and underscore the urgency of proposed initiatives. They help everyone feel part of the journey.

It disaggregates the data

Aggregated data provide nothing more than an average, and averages have only one role in life – to disguise the truth. Furthermore, it is impossible to manage an average. We can only manage its component parts, and then the average will move. To deal effectively with a pandemic, disaggregation is essential. The data needs to be classified by factors such as demographics, location, co-morbidity, behavior patterns, etc. This breakdown enables us to determine causation, isolate problems, and solve them at their source.

We tend to glorify leadership and relegate management to a secondary role. Of course, good leadership is always necessary. We need a sense of direction, clear priorities, and an inspiring message. But in an escalating crisis, that is not enough. Given the complex analytical and logistical challenges such a crisis brings, one reality emerges clearly – the need for sheer management competence. This involves not only analytical rigor, the ability to cope with ambiguity, navigate trade-offs, and make tough decisions; it requires effective project coordination, relentless follow-up, and the ability to manage messy ground-level operations.

This pandemic will inescapably cause immense health and economic damage. However, we have been forced to invent new, ingenuous ways of doing things, particularly working more effectively at a distance. Many of these benefits will endure and serve us well in the future.

Twitter has already advised its employees that most of them can continue to work from home indefinitely. This will save commuting time and office expenses, reduce pollution and, based on their experience, preserve efficiency.

We have discovered more effective ways of delivering healthcare via telemedicine. We have now seen that routine medical evaluations can be efficiently conducted via Facetime and the like. Speaking for myself, this has been a boon. To enable this, I simply needed to purchase a blood pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, and a device that can measure my heart rhythm via my smartphone. With the aid of these inexpensive tools, my physician can monitor my vital signs without my needing to travel to a medical office and sit in a crowded room waiting to be seen. My guess is that I save about half a day by having these examinations done online. Telemedicine methods will no doubt improve even further over time and hold the promise of transforming the delivery of medical services.

Those of us who teach have had to adapt to the virtual method during this prolonged “stay at home” period. This has compelled us to reexamine our entrenched assumptions about how students learn. We have found new ways to enhance the social connections and interactivity that enrich online learning.  Of course, online methods are not the same as in-person education. But we have learned that they offer benefits such as flexibility, variety and reach. The choice between the two models is not binary. I believe these methods will prove to be mutually beneficial. Education faces an exciting future in which we discover how to harness a dual channel approach to create a more creative and stimulating educational experience than traditional methods have been able to deliver.

The New World Order: Creating Crisis so the Rich Get Richer While Millions Lose Their Jobs


by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Earlier this week I published a report about how the plan to develop a “New World Order” through the United Nations is no longer a conspiracy “theory,” as the plans have been published, and the whole coronavirus response has been exposed as a “Plandemic.” See:

The UN “New World Order” Has Now Been Published: No Longer a “Conspiracy Theory” – Out of the Shadows

One of the major results of the Plandemic has been that the world’s wealthiest people have instantly increased their wealth, while at the same time millions have lost their jobs, and tens of thousands of small businesses have failed.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. reported earlier this week:

At the quarantine’s outset, I warned that despots and billionaires would leverage the crisis to ratchet up surveillance and authoritarian control. They would transform America into a National Security State, engineer the final liquidation of America’s middle class and transfer its wealth to a plutocracy of digital and Pharma billionaires.

Sure enough, at breakneck speed we have devolved from the world’s exemplary democracy to a tyrannical near-police state operating at the direction of Big Data/Big Telecom, the Medical Cartel, and the Military/Industrial/Intelligence Complex.

This nationwide, extended quarantine has permanently shuttered over 100,000 small businesses, cost 38 million jobs and 27 million Americans their health care. The Super Rich elite are flourishing while a despairing middle class flounders. According to a report by Americans for Tax Fairness, billionaires are watching their wealth compound beyond imagination.

Between March 18, when lockdown began, and May 19, the combined net worth of Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) and Larry Ellison (Oracle) grew by $75.5 billion. According to Forbes data, the total wealth of the 630 U.S. billionaires jumped by $434 billion—15%—from $2.948 trillion to $3.382 trillion. Tech stocks are the most bullish about the Surveillance State. Microsoft (Bing), Facebook and Amazon are facilitating our devolution into militarized oligarchy by enforcing censorship against all expressions of dissent.

Zuckerberg’s wealth increased by 46.2 percent (up $25.3 billion); Bezos’s by 30.6 percent ($34.6 billion); Gates’s by 8.2 percent ($8 billion). Their stocks hit all-time highs this week. Amazon shares were up 29% since January and Facebook spiked 10 % in lockstep with the Lockdown. (Full artcle.)

Dr. Ron Paul, a former U.S. Congressman, says that the “Deep State” is able to do this through the Central Banking of the Federal Reserve, as the Globalists control the world’s monetary supply. He explains how without the Federal Reserve, and their ability to create money out of thin air, the coronavirus response never could have been accomplished.

Dr. Paul covered the Federal Reserve’s role in the Plandemic in his daily broadcast today, The Liberty Report:

Who Owns The Fed? Are They To Blame For 40 Million Unemployed?

The Federal Reserve is an unconstitutional government-created monopoly. Bankers and politicians can act recklessly, while the rest of the population suffers the consequences and pays the price.

Without the Fed, would U.S. Governors have been forced to act more rationally? Without the Fed, perhaps locking down the states would have been unthinkable.

But now the unprecedented damage has been done, and bailouts from The Fed are proceeding. The American public has (and will continue) to pay the gut-wrenching price as long as The Fed exists. It enables the endless wars. It enables the bankrupt welfare state, and The Fed has enabled Coronavirus tyranny.

Dr. Paul has tried to warn the public for decades that the Federal Reserve is unconstitutional, and a threat to the liberty of Americans. While a U.S. Congressman, he tried for years to pass legislation that would allow the Federal Reserve to be audited so the world could see what it is they do in secret, but the legislation never gained much traction.

He was featured in a film several years ago called “Fiat Empire.” A copy still exists on YouTube that you can watch that is about 1 hour long: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5K41O2QfpjA?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1

Here is an excerpt of his comments on the Federal Reserve in a shorter 9 minute section: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ji_G0MqAqq8?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1

The UN’s New World Order plan replaces the world’s economic systems with something called “Happytalism.”

A New Economic System, Socio-Political Philosophy, And Human Development Paradigm Which Places The Primacy Of Happiness, Well-being, and Freedom At The Center Of Human Development And All Life.

But at what price will a one-world government be able to provide “happiness,” and who gets to define “happiness?”

The Globalists who control the Central banks are often referred to as the “Illuminati,” and throughout history they have funded wars, and created the illegal drug trafficking cabals worldwide.

They are also involved in the occult and behind the lucrative child sex trafficking network, where Satanic ritualistic abuse happens. So will they define “happiness” as being able to more openly indulge in their pedophile activities? Efforts to normalize pedophilia in American culture have been increasing in recent years. See:

Twitter Openly Allowing Pedophiles to Discuss Raping Children

Publicly Open Pedophile Running for Office in Virginia Reveals How Foster Care is a Pipeline to Adopt Children as “Sex Toys”

During the current Plandemic, we have seen how they determine which businesses to destroy and which ones to leave running, by labeling them as “essential” and “non-essential.”

Liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries, for example, were declared “essential” (presumably to keep the population sedated as much as possible during the lockdowns), while church businesses, restaurants, and other businesses where people could congregate and and hold discussions were declared “non-essential.”

And now just this week a new crisis has emerged that has destroyed businesses in one major city already, and threatens to expand across the nation because of the tragic death of a young man that was filmed and broadcast around the country due to police brutality.

There are estimated to be around 700,000 to a million law enforcement officers in the U.S., and one could probably find examples of racism and police brutality across this country every day, so why is this event being promoted in the corporate media to encourage rioting and potentially looting, which we know is controlled by the Globalists? (See the Out of the Shadows documentary.)

Independent journalist ReallyGraceful, who published the excellent investigative reports about Globalist Bill Gates that we published recently, asks some important questions to consider as America watches this narrative unfold.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY – MAY 30


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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: painting of Joan of Arc

1431 – Joan of Arc burned at the stake. Having led the French army in a momentous victory over England at Orléans during the Hundred Years’ War, Joan of Arc was charged with heresy and witchcraft and, on this day in 1431, was burned at the stake.

Charles Taylor

2012 – Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes that were committed during Sierra Leone‘s civil war.

Cologne, Germany: World War II

1942 – During World War II the British Royal Air Force dispatched more than 1,000 bombers against Cologne, Germany.

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1814 – The first of the Treaties of Paris was signed, ending the Napoleonic Wars.

STEALTHY LOVE


By Kindness 30/05/2020

Love came with stealthy steps
Catching me unawares
Creating ripples in my heart
Each ripple the harbinger of love

Lapping to the shores of my soul
Then came the travails of love
The yearning, pining, longing
To occupy the same space as you do
To behold you, to breathe you in
To gather you gently in my arms
Looking deeply into your soulful eyes
To hold your pretty head close to my chest
To hear your heartbeats against mine
For our heartbeats to keep time together
And be one heart, one soul, one mind

2 Corinthians 12:1-5


Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In 2 Corinthians 12:1-5 Paul continues to discuss his resume as a minister of the Gospel.  He is tired of writing about himself!  He would much rather write about Jesus!  But the worldly thinking which made the Corinthian Christians think little of Paul was also making them think little of Jesus, even if they couldn’t perceive it. “I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.” The false teachers in Corinth were spewing lies about things they had seen or knew from the Lord. Those folks were making things up to try and elevate their status in the church.

Paul switches to a third person perspective as he shares his vision and revelation from God. So why did he decide to make the change in how he wrote this section? He is…

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Free leadership hack we’ve all been looking for


Art Petty May 28, 2020 Leadership Communication

The one leadership hack we've all been looking for is free

Imagine there was a technique you could learn and practice that would display respect for others, promote trust and contribute mightily to individual and group performance.

I suspect many would be willing to invest heavily in the workshops and books that teach this behavior with its almost magical outcomes. I know I would.

Fortunately, none of us has to dip into our training budgets or personal savings. And you don’t have to leave the home office or even read a book to gain the benefits from this ultimate leadership hack. The behavior with the almost magical relationship and performance outcomes is nothing more than listening. While a better term might be “fierce listening,” it’s something most of us play at, and many of us can stand to get significantly better at.

The human impact of fierce listening

I ran an informal poll on a webinar recently where almost 700 people signed up to learn more about listening, and I asked how people felt when they recognized the other party in their conversation wasn’t paying attention to them. The theme was evident with the most common answers being: upset, disappointed, angry, disrespected. You could almost feel the bitterness flow through the chat boxes.

We then flipped the question and asked the group how they felt when it was apparent the other party was fully invested in the conversation. The gray cloud of disrespect lifted, as words such as appreciated, valued, respected, happy, hopeful and many other synonyms flowed freely for a few moments.

The research backs our informal poll results, with findings suggesting the positive impact on individuals when they perceive they are listened to during a conversation. One author suggested that the feeling is practically indistinguishable from that feeling we get when we feel loved.

While love might not be on your mind, the concepts of respect, trust and performance should be, particularly now with the added complexity of low-signal, high-noise virtual communications. Fortunately, there’s little rocket science involved in developing as a fierce listener. There is, however, the need for discipline and deliberate practice.

8 steps to developing your fierce listening skills

Imagine you’ve decided to get your share of respect, trust, and performance that accrues from listening fiercely to others you encounter daily. How do you get started?

1. Commit: Internalize the need to strengthen your effectiveness as a listener

Focus on the benefits of effective listening and make a personal commitment to strengthening your behaviors and eliminating poor listening habits.

2.  Assess: Establish a baseline for your listening skills

Ask your boss, your team members and your peers how they perceive you as a listener. Since most people are uncomfortable telling the truth if negative, create a simple, anonymous survey. And, if feasible, design questions about your listening behaviors into an upcoming 360-degree review.

3. Recognize: Learn to identify your listening traps

Do you attempt to multitask? Do you interrupt people or complete their sentences for them? Or, do you slip into the mode of thinking of your response while the other party is still talking? All of these get in the way of genuinely listening to someone.

4. Frame: Set your days up for listening success

Starting today, kick off with a few quiet moments to review your commitment to developing as a fierce listener, identifying how you will do this. Single out the specific bad habits and bogeys to avoid. I’m a chronic drifter, often thinking of my answer while the other party is talking, so I have to remind my brain to shut-up and focus continually.

As you navigate through your workday, jot down a note or two on what worked and where you drifted or failed. Review the successes and failures at the end of the day and recommit to getting better tomorrow. Rinse and repeat.

Framing your day for success is a no-cost, low-time-investment technique to create a focus on meaningful behaviors.

5. Engage: Employ listening tactics in the moment

Develop and trigger your listening mode when someone approaches you. Create your internal message. Mine is: “It’s time to shift into listening mode. I will focus on this person, and I will work on seeing the situation from their perspective before sharing my thoughts.”

After my personal pep talk, I use several questions during the engagement to show commitment, auto-correct when I drift and confirm quality. These include:

  • Ask: “What is your goal for both of us in this conversation?”
  • Confirm: “Here’s what I heard. What else do you need me to know?”
  • Quality check: “Here’s what we agreed to achieve together. Have I missed anything?”

6. Strengthen: Train your brain

Create the discipline to let people share their thoughts and have specific reset processes for when you drift. Use:

  • The two-count pause: Seriously, wait until someone finishes their sentence and then count to two. Try this right after reading this article. It’s hard, but it works.
  • Reset when you drift: “This is important for both of us. Can you restate your last point, please?”
  • Reset when you interrupt: “I’m sorry. Please complete your thought. It’s important to me.”

7. Tune in: Look for weak or dissonant signals

If the body language suggests something is off or unspoken, you are probably right. Probe gently for clarity. One technique includes: “What else would you like me to take away from this conversation?”

8. Extend: Teach your groups fierce listening practices

I encourage functional and team leaders to call out fierce listening as essential and to bake the expectation into team or group values. The best leader-listeners I’ve worked around teach and model these behaviors and expect team members to follow suit. The results I’ve observed included improved team cohesion, strengthened problem-solving, better idea development, and a more enjoyable working environment. Not bad for something that is effectively free.

The bottom line for now

We spend a lot of time wondering and studying how we can strengthen as leaders, managers, and contributors. Workshops and books are great, but the most significant gains are well within your grasp at no cost other than a little time and a lot of deliberate effort. As an early career mentor once said to me, “You’ll go as far as you can communicate.” I agree, and my addition is: “Great communication starts with fierce listening.”

George Floyd deliberately murdered on schedule to unleash race riots across America to cause even more chaos?


Image: ANALYSIS: George Floyd was deliberately murdered, right on schedule to unleash race riots across America to cause even more chaos

(Natural News) After reviewing the videos surrounding the arrest and killing of George Floyd, it’s clear to me that he was deliberately murdered. I understand there are different interpretations of what happened, and new evidence may emerge that will alter my view, but based on what I’ve seen so far, it seems abundantly clear that Mr. Floyd was deliberately murdered in broad daylight.

As I know very well due to my many years of training alongside law enforcement and military veterans, police officers are specifically trained to avoid pushing their body weight, through their knee, onto a suspect’s throat or neck for the simple reason that doing so causes severe injury or death. Any police officer that deliberately places their knee (and hence, their body weight) on the neck of a suspect who is pinned against the ground is doing so out of a premeditated desire to cause death.

The question isn’t whether George Floyd was murdered — he clearly was — the real question is why he was murdered.

Put another way, who benefits from the death of George Floyd?

The answer, of course, is that the forces of chaos and destruction (i.e. anti-American, anti-Trump) benefit from his murder. The more chaos and destruction is unleashed during this election year, the more the media hypes up the disaster and assigns blame to President Trump. Logically, it’s absurd, since President Trump had nothing to do with the murder of George Floyd. But emotionally, the media propaganda messaging whips up fear, anger and frustration — emotions that will largely be translated into anti-Trump sentiment in the coming elections.

This comes on the heels of Joe Biden telling a black interview host, “You ain’t black” if you don’t vote for me. The black community was rightfully outraged. Democrats experienced a wave of horror in old “crazy Joe’s” comments, realizing that if they didn’t do something to get the black vote to swing back to their side, many black Americans would vote for Trump, who isn’t someone who talks condescendingly to the black community (like Biden just did).

Right on time, almost as if scripted for the media in advance, comes the story the Left has been dreaming of: “White cop murders innocent black man in broad daylight.” Suddenly the narrative shifts. Joe Biden’s comment is quickly forgotten, and the media tries to redirect blame to Trump.

Left-wing provocateurs send in the militants to torch buildings and cause mayhem. Certain “race baiter” black leaders whip up the hatred and division for maximum effect, utterly avoiding what they should be doing which is calling for all humans to rise up against the real enemies of humanity: Globalists, Big Tech and the depopulation vaccine engineers who will soon be targeting black people all across the world with a “kill switch” coronavirus vaccine.

For the globalists to maintain control of humanity, they must maintain the hatred and division between the races, for if all humans banded together to rise up and defeat the globalists, the people would achieve an immediate victory. The only way the globalists maintain their criminal control and mass genocide operations is to convince certain groups of people to go to war with other groups. It’s all a distraction from the real threat to us all: Evil, demonic globalists who despise all human beings.

Look as this “white cop” carries out the engineered murder in broad daylight, almost as if he’s posing for the cameras, gleeful about the total destruction and hatred he’s about to unleash on the world:

Notice how his torso is leaning forward, placing the majority of his upper body weight on George Floyd’s neck, exactly where the carotid artery is located. Note also that Mr. Floyd is pinned to the concrete and thus has no “give” on the opposite side of his neck. This technique is widely known across law enforcement to be deadly. It is clearly deliberate. This cop could have easily controlled Mr. Floyd by placing his knee between Mr. Floyd’s shoulder blades, for example, but instead he chose to target the man’s neck.

To me, that looks like straight up murder, and based on the video evidence we’ve seen so far, we call for a criminal murder investigation into the police officers involved.

UPDATE: Derek Chauvin has now been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to multiple media sources.