Sermon quotes on target
Ronald A. Heifetz
You stay alive in the practice of leadership by reducing the extent to which you become the target of people’s frustrations. The best way to stay out of range is to think constantly about giving the work back to the people who need to take responsibility. Place the work within and between the factions who are faced with the challenge, and tailor your interventions so they are unambiguous and have a context.
Hey, what if those crop circles are just ads for Target?
You’ll never do anything creative, innovative or world changing if you fear criticism. Pioneers are easy targets for arrows!
I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art.
The rare, strange thing is to hit the mark; the gross, obvious thing is to miss it.
The Man Who Was Thursday
Robert P. Harrison
Precisely because our frenzy is fundamentally aimless while remaining driven, we set ourselves goals whose main purpose is to keep the frenzy going until it consummates itself in sloth. If at present we are seeking to render the totality of the earth’s resources endlessly available, endlessly usable, endlessly disposable, it is because endless consumption is the proximate goal of a production without end.
“Toward a Philosophy of Nature,” in Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, ed. William Cronon (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995)
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