Leadership And The Three Faces Of Power

Posted By William Smith On Nov 28, 2015

Leadership And The Three Faces Of Power

Fareed Zakaria, on his CNN program GPS (Aug.30), noted that Robert Gates had called General Stanley McChrystal the greatest leader he had ever encountered. Zakaria requested McChrystal to draw lessons from his experience that would be useful to leaders in other fields.

McChrystal's advice ishows how much the three faces of power, referenced in my last blog, are now an integral part of military leadership:

  1. Appreciation: the ability to turn the lens and at least appreciate how the other sees things...You win their trust and unleash their initiative. If leaders are uninformed it undermines confidence.
  2. Influence: The ability to influence and persuade and build confidence becomes the key task...We want people who are confident in their relationships.
  3. Control: Personal discipline—we know what the right thing is and we know when we don't do it...[It gives them] confidence in what they do to operate effectively.

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Nous Sommes Tous Français: Our World Is One

Posted By William E Smith On Nov 14, 2015

Nous Sommes Tous Français: Our World Is One

What gut-wrenching pain. We see again the results of rabid intolerance.

Those of us who have lived, learned and loved in France feel a special poignancy seeing her familiar sights and sounds through a blood-stained veil of angst.

Those of us who have lost loved ones directly or indirectly as the result of the conflict in the Middle East find the grating grief intolerable.

What can we do?

Someone on Boulevard Beaumarchais, close to the tragic concert hall in Paris, chooses to pull out a grand piano and play John Lennon’s Imagine. How is it possible at this unfathomable time that a fellow Liverpudlian, the same age with the same message and himself a victim of such madness, is so poignantly invoked?

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as


What can we do?

In our heart of hearts we know the world in all its beauty and bestiality is in us. We do know what to do. Now is the time for each of us to be our true, full selves. We have to face life with the full power of our light and stand up to our own darkness.

The day has come for us to join so that the world will be as one.