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Every once in a while I stumble upon a feel-good organization that expands my world view of what’s possible and makes my heart smile.  Seva Foundation’s basic idea is to be fully human, we must translate our compassion and concern into useful service.  One of the ways Seva embraces this idea is to help end preventable blindness.  Thanks to generous donors and a team of loyal individuals, Seva has restored sight to millions of blind people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  For the first time in history, the number of people suffering from blindness is decreasing according to the World Health Organization.  Jack Blanks, Executive Director of Seva gave me a tour of their Berkeley headquarters and introduced me to his dedicated staff members. As I shook each one of their hands, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for their commitment to such a worthy cause.  The picture of the woman you see above is a testament to this vision—she can literally see the light.  Consider offering a Gift of Service to Seva and put your compassion in action.

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Nancy Duarte is an expert in presentation design and principal of Duarte Design, where she has served as
CEO for 21 years.

I’m always searching for creative ways of inspiring people, so when I heard Nancy Duarte present on my go-to source for educational learning Ted Talks,  I got excited.  “You have the most powerful device known to man,” said Nancy to a packed audience “and that’s an idea.”  In her talk she cites the Hero’s Journey, a metaphor I’ve been working with to write my own book “My Year In California.”

What I liked best about her presentation was when she overlaid her blueprint for two famous speeches: Martin Luther Kings “I Have A Dream” and Steve Jobs “Apple’s iPhone Introduction.”  She wept upon realizing that she cracked the code for what made these speeches inspirational.  I love these “aha” moments of transformation.  Nancy went on her own hero’s journey and emerged with the elixir—the delivery system she now uses to support her clients in learning to communicate their world-changing idea effectively.  Watch Nancy’s  Ted Talks presentation and get ready to be inspired.

ImageI’ve been reading a leadership book called The 4 Disciplines of Execution or “4DX” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling.  I’m always amazed when a complex subject such as the world of business is distilled into a simple formula.  The basic premise of this book is that leaders are enthusiastic about strategy and then lose steam around implementation.  If you’re looking for new leadership skills that will change the way you manage a team, consider reading 4DX, it might just lead to the breakthrough you are seeking.

Here are the four disciplines:

  1. Focus on the wildly important
  2. Act on the lead measures
  3. Keep a compelling scoreboard
  4. Create a cadence of accountability

He’s My Brother

March 13, 2013

tn-dpt-1109-bose-ray-dasilva-20121108-001Six months ago, my mom suffered a stroke.  She’s doing much better now, but can never live alone again.  My brother vowed that my mom would never live in an old folks’ home. And he meant it.  Four months ago, he moved in with her.  Despite the fact that he is a homeowner and has a full-time job, he still takes care of our mom.  I’m so grateful for his support.  Without my brother’s commitment to our mother, she would not remain in her home.  I’ve always said that talk is cheap, action is what counts.  How many people say one thing and do another?  Not my brother.  He’s the real deal.  I’m not the only one who considers him an unsung hero.  Len Bose, a reporter for the Newport Beach newspaper the Daily Pilot wrote an inspirational story about my brother.   I just discovered this story a few days ago.  Of course my brother would never say anything.  That’s his way.  He walks the talk.  In today’s world of hype and promotion, it’s refreshing.  Just don’t tell him I shared this story with you.  He doesn’t want any attention.  That’s how he operates—under the radar.  Visit: The Harbor Report: BYC, harbor lucky to have Ray.