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The science of Axiology: How do you see yourself?

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Having personally witnessed the inhumanity accompanying Hitler’s rise to power in pre-war Germany, Dr. Robert S. Hartman envisioned a science which could organize good as effectively as the Nazis organized evil. After years of research, Hartman created a new mathematical system called Axiology which successfully orders the values of our everyday experiences. Derived from two Greek words — xios (worth or value) and logos (logic or theory) — Axiology examines “how we think” and helps us to… Read More

August 21st, 2013 at 9:54am

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What we can learn from a delayed flight, Simon Sinek and Martin Luther King

By Jim Whitt I was on my way home from a speaking engagement when thunderstorms backed up all the flights at DFW. I was one of thousands of passengers lined up at terminal restaurants to get something to eat and struck up a conversation with the guy ahead of me in line. We both agreed to share a table to expedite our dining experience. That’s how I met Chris Pienaar who is a managing director with Bayer CropScience. During our brief visit I learned Chris shares the same purpose-based approach to business that I do and we had a very… Read More

August 14th, 2013 at 7:33pm

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What we can learn from a fortune cookie, Larry the Cable Guy and the Midland: T-Bar Ranch Project

By Jim Whitt After eating my Vietnamese Salad Rolls I popped open my fortune cookie to see what words of wisdom it contained. For those of you who know me, you’re still getting over the shock of me eating something called a Vietnamese Salad Roll. But, as you also know, I am forever preaching change so occasionally I veer from my red meat diet just to prove that I do practice what I preach. Those of you who know me also know how little tolerance I have for defenders of the status quo — those who give all the reasons… Read More

August 7th, 2013 at 2:59pm

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Lessons on change from Pope Francis & Seth Godin

By Jim Whitt I’m not Catholic but I “liked” the pope on Facebook after reading an article entitled Pope Francis urges Catholics to shake up dioceses. “Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church,” according to the article, “and in four short months he has started doing just that: He has broken long-held Vatican rules on everything from where he lays his head at night to how saints are made. Here’s a little of what he had to say in Rio de Janeiro on World Youth Day: “I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there… Read More

July 31st, 2013 at 10:53am

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Leadership lessons from a cowboy named Rooster and a horse named Clyde

By Jim Whitt When I hired on as a pen rider at Wheatheart Feeders in 1972 there were roughly 20 cowboys and 60 company horses. The longest tenured hands got the pick of the best horses leaving the newest cowboys — forgive the pun — saddled with the worst. Wheatheart had a good-looking buckskin that had a reputation for bucking. Since the seasoned cowboys preferred function over form the buckskin ended up being ridden by one of the newer hands who were more enamored with the horse’s color and conformation. The buckskin ended up as a mount for a new… Read More

July 24th, 2013 at 10:14pm

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Are you a diamond in the rough?

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: He was right. They were there. You couldn’t see them with the naked eye but magnified ten times you could see them — tiny flaws. I was examining a diamond under a loop — the small magnifying glass that jewelers use to examine gems. Looking at the ring from the counter, you would never know the diamonds were anything but perfect. The jeweler explained how the Gemological Institute of America grades diamonds. In addition to a scale… Read More

July 17th, 2013 at 5:23pm

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Defining success: Malcolm Forbes, Madonna, Al Franken & Dana Carvey

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: In our reward and punishment culture, success is most often defined by achievement, competence and recognition — the esteem needs on Maslow’s hierarchy. With that as the standard, you are deemed successful by how much money you make, how smart you are, how beautiful you may be or how famous you become. It’s a culture where celebrity rules. It’s a recipe for an emotional breakdown because trying to succeed by those standards will leave most of us feeling… Read More

July 7th, 2013 at 11:42am

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California Political Review features “It’s time to declare our independence again” as the Top Story for Independence Day edition

I’m honored that the California Political Review thought enough of my editorial, It’s time to declare our independence again, to feature it as their Top Story in today’s Independence Day edition. It was orignally published on my blog if you missed it.

July 4th, 2013 at 12:45pm

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It’s time to declare our independence…again

By Jim Whitt This was orginally published a year ago today but the message needs to be repeated until we “get it.” There is one number that needs to be updated in paragraph four. Our national debt is now nearing $17 trillion, a $1 trillion increase in one year. If you want to know what led to the creation of the United States of America you have to read the Declaration of Independence. The defining statement of this document would have to be: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed… Read More

July 2nd, 2013 at 10:45am

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Roles, Goals & Vehicles

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 5  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: People confuse roles, goals and vehicles with their purpose. That’s why Chad had a 3,000 word mission statement (for more about Chad see page 42). It included a lot of roles, goals and vehicles. It was well meaning but didn’t have much meaning. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” knows music is not the destination but merely a means to an end, “This is a vehicle for my creative expression and I enjoy bringing happiness to others.”… Read More

June 27th, 2013 at 5:07pm

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