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Leadership Communique, 10/27/2013

Good Sunday to each of you.

Another week of the Fall semester has evaporated as we move deeper into the academic term.

Halloween this week to be followed in rapid succession by the Thanksgiving holiday, final exams and term projects due, and, suddenly, it is Fall Commencement. Activities and deadlines will escalate over the next few weeks.

It is sound counsel, however, for you to keep your ” eyes on the prize”, hold fast to your priorities and successfully complete the term. A dimension of that success is “life in balance”, often easier to suggest than to actually achieve, especially when the demands of deadlines approach. Planning and preparation in advance are reliable allies when multiple responsibilities begin to crowd your agendas.

This is Homecoming Week at UCO when alumni and current students celebrate the legacy, creativity and energy of this historic university. Amidst the other opportunities during these days, I encourage you to participate in some of the many events packed into these few days.

I am certain that some of you are connecting with friends in your organizations to be part of the “Cheer and Dance” competition on Friday evening, November 1st. This has been a “must attend” program for years. I am sure I will see many of you that night. The next morning we will all gather for the Homecoming Parade, this year with a record number of entries. The tailgate party is at noon and the football game follows at 2PM. Throughout the week, we will celebrate “There’s No Place Like Central”.

This week, Lessons in Leadership is pleased to welcome Dan Boren as our guest leader. This is a young, accomplished Oklahoma public servant you will want to hear and meet. Dan has served with distinction as a member of the US House of Representatives for the 2nd District of Oklahoma which includes most of eastern Oklahoma from Kansas to Texas east of Tulsa. During my tenure at Northeastern State University, I had the opportunity to work with him on initiatives relevant to the people of our state. His record of public service and his perspective of the vital role of leaders at both the local and national levels are admirable and will enrich the few minutes we will have him with us on Tuesday. I urge you to learn about his work in Congress and his current emerging leadership role with the Chickasaw Nation and economic development. Dan Boren will be a continuing, leading figure in Oklahoma for years to come.

When you find these comments on the blog site, there should also be access to articles and comments I place on Twitter. Today I will post a link to a fascinating piece that appeared in the November 2013 issue of The Atlantic.

James Fallows, an award-winning writer, surveyed leading scientists, historians and other to create a list of the defining invention and discoveries since pre-history. The result is “The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since The Wheel”. In his subtitle comments, Fallows offers this framework. “Why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow? Have we hit peak innovation? What our list reveals about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress”?

What follows is an informative and stimulating sequence of humanity’s technological progress with linkage from one discovery to another. By offering the list in reverse order, from 50 to 1, Fallow invites you to make your own list and sequencing.

We know that imagination, creativity and innovation have strong links to leadership development. I encourage you to take a few moments and review this article.

There will a many public events this Homecoming week and I look forward to seeing you throughout the coming days.

A thought for today is from Socrates: “Wisdom begins in wonder.”

Take care,

Don Betz