This is cutting edge improvisational blogging. We call it –
“Whose Blog is it Anyway ?” 2 – The Unanswerables
We have written this for FUN, not serious, to amuse ourselves and our readers, and help promote our blogs. Please read with that in mind.
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Whose Blog is it Anyway? 2 – The Unanswerables
Why “The Unanswerables” ? Because the titles assigned to my guest improvisers don’t have an exact scientific answer or they are just zany and off the wall.
Do not expect fact here. Do not expect the truth here. This is creative writing for FUN, HUMOUR and for those with a SENSE OF HUMOUR. It’s cutting edge IMPROVISED blogging, not science weekly or the historian’s gazette.
The guest improvisers were assigned titles by me, and are therefore NOT necessarily experts or even actually FOR the topic they are writing about. They all did however “YES, AND” the challenge which is the spirit of improvisation and what we’re doing here.
We’re not interested in your critical appraisal, it simply isn’t required. It is in fact IRRELEVANT to the context of improvised, for fun creative writing. Stop taking yourselves so seriously.
So without further ado …
His Eminence – The Remarkable Navigator, Exemplary Masculinist And Author Extraordinaire
Nav is a man’s man, and certainly not afraid to take on a challenge. This time I debated whether to enter him into the challenge. Why? Because his entry paragraph simply said little more than “Let someone else have go”. Not getting out of it that easily Mr Navigator.
Surprisingly he scored quite highly in the vote, so we’ve secured the wordsmithery of the master navigator once more.
He’s an author who’ll be published soon. After reading his about page, and discovering what he went through, I am very much in support of his work.
You can find Nav at THE MIRROR blog.
Please give a warm welcome to Nav.
A leader isn’t born, he’s forged in fires of steel and suffering
I am a 48 year old divorced father of three who is about to embark on a full time writing career. 3rd generation RCAF navigator, I am soon to publish my first book, non-fiction. And, last but not least, if any man is destined to be the nemesis of feminism, it is I. (And not “me,” grammatically speaking.)
After 30+ years in a military uniform, I’d like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two about leadership. We tend to think of leadership in the context of certain fields of endeavour or areas of interest. There are the great generals and admirals whose feats are etched in the annals of history, like Alexander the Great and Admiral Nelson. There are the sports heroes who lead their teams to victory. There are political leaders such as Churchill and Thatcher who led a nation through difficult military conflicts, the former more so than the latter.
Leadership is the continuous act of inspiring a group to achieve common ends.
Thus, we see that leadership differs from being merely influential. For instance, a celebrity might be very influential in setting fashion trends. We might refer to her or him as a leader in fashion, but this isn’t really leadership in the sense it is commonly understood. Still, a leader must be influential within his or her domain in order to be effective.
In my experience, there are some very basic and fundamental aspects to being a true leader. They include:
1. Placing a common group or cause before him or her self;
2. Unrelenting commitment to this group or cause;
2. Uniting others in a shared and inspired desire;
3. Placing the welfare of others in the shared cause before him or her self;
4. An ability to identify the aim, objectives, or goals, as well as the way ahead, and to communicate this to the others; and
5. To be a moderating influence in good times and a stabilizing influence in bad times.
Obviously, there is a contextual aspect to leadership. Winston Churchill’s job during WWII was a slightly bigger challenge than would be organizing a typical Sunday church picnic.
When times are dire and need is great, how is it that one arises to lead? History records that these people are not so much born as they are made. It is through the fires of the forge of suffering that their steel is tempered, and are made strong and sharp. It is through suffering and defeat that they learn to withstand life’s vicissitudes. It is through repeated blows from life’s anvil that they ultimately arise, transformed into what they are destined to be.
Alexander fought alongside his troops. Mao had the Long March. Nelson Mandela had his decades in prison. Len Birchall, the Saviour of Ceylon, had years leading fellow prisoners in horrible WWII POW camps.
History is clear. Great leaders aren’t born so much as they are forged in the fires of suffering.
I’d like to thank DonCharisma for the opportunity to participate. At the risk of sounding somewhat mysterious, I think the subtly charming devil picked my topic for a reason. Thanks for your reading time, and please feel free to visit my blog The Mirror at navigator1965.wordpress.com.
BY Nav, blogger extraordinaire at THE MIRROR blog.
Notes for commenters:
Comments are invited. BUT you are reminded that this is a public blog and you are also reminded to think before you press the “post comment” button.
DO NOT post outbound links in my comments whilst “Whose Blog is it Anyway? 2” is in progress.
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I read ALL comments but can’t always reply. I will comment if I think there’s something that I can add to what you’ve said. I do delete without notice comments that don’t follow rules above. For persistent offenders I will ignore you permanently and/or report you.
Most decent people already know how to behave respectfully. Thank you for your co-operation on the above.
Warm regards, Don Charisma