Indepreneur Rising

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In my blog “Middle Class Meltdown” earlier this month, I suggested that more and more Americans are creating their own jobs by making offers.

Essentially, I was suggesting that more and more of us are stepping up to the fact that at the end of the day, each of us is solely responsible for our livelihood and we succeed by adding value in whatever ways we can. We contribute value and value is rewarded. What is less obvious is that our value is a function of what others value, not

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Middle Class Meltdown

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Fareed Zakaria recently did a special on CNN about the state of the American Economy. Various pundits and experts were engaged in the question ‘If the economy is growing why aren’t we seeing more jobs for the middle class’? It’s a good question and reveals a startling but obvious revelation: Business isn’t interested in creating jobs — in fact, business would like to eliminate as many jobs as possible! The idea that what is good for business is good for the economy because it

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Who’s Leading? Who’s Responsible for Leadership in Government?

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There is a lot of talk in the Public Service about leadership. We say we need it. The question we don’t ask, however, is “who is responsible for leadership?” Moreover, if we stop and reflect, we recognize that leaders don’t lead without the commitment of those who follow and that uncommitted followers can destroy any leader no matter how talented or sincere. Leadership can be a solution to many problems, but it is a solution ONLY IF we are

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The Leadership Paradox

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By Jim Selman | Bio

Peter Drucker, who many consider the father of modern management, once said, “We know almost nothing about management, that is why we write so many books on the subject.” The same might be said for leadership. There are more than fifty thousand titles available and hundreds more being published almost every month. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually on countless workshops and courses to train leaders. The question is, with all of these writings

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Where is offense?

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Like most of us I have been following the tempest succeeding the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, the wave of anti-terrorist rhetoric, the rendering of Mohammed as a kind of ‘we’ll-show-you’ counter-punch, the counter-counter punch of Muslims being offended by the rendering, and on it goes. Everyone seems offended by something.

I spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to observe the phenomena that are being referred to in ordinary conversation — when we are speaking and listening

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Between Trapezes

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By Jim Selman | Bio

I love the metaphor of being ‘between Trapezes’. In one image it connotes the comfort and familiar arc of my current life, the emerging possibility of moving from where I am onto an entirely new trajectory, and most compelling — the excitement and terror of letting go and confronting that existential moment where annihilation seems to be a genuine possibility.

Charles Dubois once said that the most important thing in life is the willingness to let go of

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Why do we procrastinate?

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It’s a bit more than a week into the new year and I am already behind on all the things I was going to get done during the post-holiday lull. I am procrastinating. As with many of my less agreeable habits, I decided to do a workshop on the subject for a European client late last year. The overarching question of why we procrastinate was framed a bit more specifically as “Why don’t we do the things we KNOW we need to do to accomplish what we SAY we want to accomplish?” The correlation

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Compassion

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For some reason I have been feeling acutely connected to people I am encountering these days. In addition to my friends, family and others I know, I am observing all sorts of people – on the street, providing services, working in stores. It is as though I am more ‘present’ to them individually, and more conscious of who people are and the uniqueness of each one’s lives. We all are in pretty much the same soup — working, raising families, dealing with problems, dreaming, and dealing

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