Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle – H3 Leadership

3 Traites for Leadership: 20 Habits to Build Your Leadership On

H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick is the result of experience and a lot of reflection. And we would be foolish not to benefit from it.

When he reflected on the habits that propelled him forward he came up with twenty and organized them around 3 important questions every influencer must ask:

HUMBLE: Who am I?
HUNGRY: Where do I want to go?
HUSTLE: How will I get there?

The answers to these questions help you to become a change agent. And the habits associated with each of these questions create the playbook for your leadership journey. Lomenick says that your leadership success if built upon habitual work. “It is worked out every day in the tasks we complete, the ways we approach our work, and the rhythms we nurture in our lives. It hangs on the hooks of the patterns we create, not just the success we may stumble upon.”

Most of the actions we take during the day are habits. So we must be intentional about what habits we develop and why.

In brief, here are the twenty habits with Lomenick’s comments:

HUMBLE   [Who am I?]

Self-Discovery: Know who you are
“Developing a habit of self-discovery means creating intentional rhythms whereby one observes who he is, listens to his life, and strives to define himself apart from his professional assignments. This habit helps a leader connect to an organization without being consumed by it.”

Openness: Share the real you with others
“People would rather follow a leader who is always real versus a leader who is always right.”

Meekness: Remember it’s not about you
“Meekness is not weakness. It’s power under control. It’s ambition grounded with humility and lived out in confidence, not arrogance.”

Conviction: Stick to your principles
“Your private life determines your public legacy.” And consider this: “Most leaders assume they know what their most closely held convictions are, a false assumption that keeps them from ever naming them.”

Faith: Prioritize your day so God is first
“A habit of faith is that one thing you can’t afford to not have on the journey. It reminds you that there is a bigger story of which yours is only a part.”

Assignment: Live out your calling
“There is a marked difference between a calling and an assignment, and failing to recognize it is a one-way ticket to the frustration station.”

HUNGRY    [Where do I want to go?]

Ambition: Develop an appetite for what’s next
“Never satisfied, but always content is the posture of a properly ambitious leader.”

Curiosity: Keep learning
“If you’re not learning, you’re not leading to your full potential.” He recommends: “Find people who are so different they make you uncomfortable, and then spend more time with them than you’d prefer to.”

Passion: Love what you do
“If you do not nurture enthusiasm, it will naturally diminish over time. Leaders can’t inspire others unless and until they are inspired themselves. Your team feeds off your energy, for better or worse. Leaders are organizational health risks or assets.”

Innovation: Stay current, creative, and engaged
“The first step to developing this habit is realizing that innovation in part has nothing to do with you; rather, it is determined by those you have around you.”

Inspiration: Nurture a vision for a better tomorrow
“A habit of inspiration is nurtured in the casting, not just the crafting of vision.”

Bravery: Take calculated risks
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

HUSTLE    [How will I get there?]

Excellence: Set standards that scare you
“The goal is to set and standard that scare you to death and then continue trying to raise that standard. Excellence is ultimately about effort. Excellence requires always being one step ahead.”

Stick-with-it-ness: Take the long view
“My friend Robert Madu says it this way: In a culture where quitting is normal, be crazy enough to stay committed, foolish enough to be faithful, and stupid enough to stick with it!”

Execution: Commit to completion
“Some of us need to put down the megaphone and just grab a shovel. Little less talk, and a lot more action.”

Team Building: Create an environment that attacks and retains the best and brightest
“If you combine a positive work environment with regular delightful experiences, you’ll take a giant step toward raising up a dream team.”

Partnership: Collaborate with colleagues and competitors
“A habit of partnership means that as a leader you are willing to come to the end of your organizational self and see a bigger vision and picture beyond just what you’re working on. Be willing to sacrifice for someone else’s benefit. True collaboration involves giving as much as getting.”

Margin: Nurture healthier rhythms
“The goal of my reordering was not just to create a better schedule, but to create margin. The more margin in your life, the more room you have to let your rhythms run. Margin is a powerful habit. It creates opportunities.”

Generosity: Leave the world a better place
“Whatever you possess—the classic formulation is ‘time, treasure, talent’—should be given away liberally and not hoarded. This is what a habit of generosity looks like, and it is one of the best ways to ensure you’ll leave the world a better place than you found it. For me it always begins and ends around the issue of stewardship, which describes the act of watching over someone else’s things. It helps remind me that I am not he owner, but only the manager of all I have.”

Succession: Find power in passing the baton
“Too many leaders grab their jobs with an unrelenting death grip. But part of every influencer’s responsibility is to boldly build something magnificent and then humbly hand it off to others. The best way to shore up your legacy is to effectively hand it off to your successors.”

Great material to go back to again and again.

The Ethics quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Ethics quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Political action means taking on responsibility. This cannot happen without power. Power is to serve responsibility.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: politics, power, responsibility


“The task of pastoral ministry, above all else, is to arrange contingencies for an encounter with the divine.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics


“A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling, and suffering for them. In so doing, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self. Every attempt to live as if he were alone is a denial of the fact that he is actually responsible. He cannot escape the responsibility, which is his because he is a father. This reality refutes the fictitious notion that the isolated individual is the agent of all ethical behavior. It is not the isolated individual but the responsible person who is the proper agent to be considered in ethical reflection.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: duty, ethics, fathers, responsibility


“Those who wish even to focus on the problem of a Christian ethic are faced with an outrageous demand-from the outset they must give up, as inappropriate to this topic, the very two questions that led them to deal with the ethical problem: ‘How can I be good?’ and ‘How can I do something good?’ Instead they must ask the wholly other, completely different question: ‘What is the will of God?”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: action, duty, ethics, responsibility


“The limitation of the ethical phenomenon to its place and time does not imply its rejection but, on the contrary, its validation. One does not use canons to shoot sparrows.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

tags: appropriateness, ethics, moderation, overkill


“It is worse for a liar to tell the truth than for a lover of truth to lie.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics


“The task is not to turn the world upside down but in a given place to do what, from the perspecive of reality, is necessary objectively and to really carry it out.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: action, responsibility


“What is worse than doing evil, is being evil” (Ethics, p.67). To lie is wrong, but what is worse than the lie is the liar, for the liar contaminates everything he says, because everything he says is meant to further a cause that is false. The liar as liar has endorsed a world of falsehood and deception, and to focus only on the truth or falsity of his particular statements is to miss the danger of being caught up in his twisted world. This is why, as Bonhoeffer says, that “(i)t is worse for a liar to tell the truth than for a lover of truth to lie” (Ethics, p.67).”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: evil, lie, truth-telling


“Due to some dim but irresistible notion of the way things are, it is simply not possible, out of order, not apprpriate to the situation at hand, if, within the circle of those who are experienced and advanced in years, the young person declaims ethical generalities. Young people will again and again find themselves in a situation that is so irritating, astounding, and incomprehensible to them that their word falls on deaf ears, while the word of an older person is heard and has weight even though its content is no different at all. It will be a sign of maturity or immaturity whether this experience leads them to understand that what is at stake here is not the stubborn self-satisfaction of old age, or the anxious effort to keep youth in their place, but the pereservation or violation of an essential ethical law. Ethical discourse needs authorization, which youth are simply not able to bestow upon themselves, even if they speak out of the purest pathos of their ethical conviction. Ethical discourse does not merely depend on the correct content of what is said, but also on the speaker being authorized to say it. Its validity depends not only on what is said, but also on who says it.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: age, appropriateness, ethics, validity, wisdom, youth


“Do and dare what is right, not swayed by the whim of the moment. Bravely take hold of the real, not dallying now with what might be. Not in the flight of ideas but only in action is freedom. Make up your mind and come out into the tempest of living. God’s command is enough and your faith in him to sustain you. Then at last freedom will welcome your spirit amid great rejoicing.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics


“The figure of the crucified invalidates all thought which takes success for its standard.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: discipleship, success


“Principles are only tools in the hands of God; they will soon be thrown away when they are no longer useful.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: christian, ethics, religion


“Just as God’s love entered the world, thereby submitting to the misunderstanding and ambiguity that characterize everything worldly, so also Christian love does not exist anywhere but in the worldly, in an infinite variety of concrete worldly action, and subject to misunderstanding and condemnation. Every attempt to portray a Christianity of ‘pure’ love purged of worldly ‘impurities’ is a false purism and perfectionism that scorns God’s becoming human and falls prey to the fate of all ideologies. God was not too pure to enter the world.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: theology


“The Christian life is participation in the encounter of Christ with the world.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics tags: christian-life, encounter, partcipation, world


“Life is not a thing, an essence, or a concept,[10] but a person—more specifically, a particular and unique person.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics


“Originally man was made in the image of God, but now his likeness to God is a stolen one. As the image of God man draws his life entirely from his origin in God, but the man who has become like God has forgotten how he was at his origin and has made himself his own creator and judge.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics


Five Great American Paintings

In 2008 a series highlighting five great paintings by Norman Rockwell appeared on the site.

Author, Nicholas Provenzo, begins with the words, “The American painter Norman Rockwell ranks among my favorite artists.”  I whole-heartedly agree!

Provenzo describes, in nice detail, five great Rockwell paintings.  They are:

Part I: The Scoutmaster
Part II: The Homecoming Marine
Part III: Lincoln the Railsplitter
Part IV: The Problem We All Live With

Part V:
Freedom of Speech

Provenzo’s descriptions are on many levels and well-written and thought-provoking–and still relevant in 2015.

While all five are excellent.  I’ll highlight two.

“Part IV” is noteworthy because it is of an actual six-year-old child, Ruby Nell Bridges, on November 14, 1960.  It is the first day black children in New Orleans would go to school with white children. There is a photo, similar to Rockwell’s painting — but the painting is better, more meaningful.

ROCKWELL_Norman_The_Problem_We_All_live_with_1964This was a major historical day in my lifetime. It rates up there with the Berlin Wall coming down.

As an educator, I appreciate Rockwell’s piece and the history — and am well-aware that we have much work to do to give all children the quality education they need to be successful.


The second one I’ll highlight is “Part III” Lincoln the Railsplitter.  Again Provenzo’s description is excellent. LincolRockwell_Norman_Lincoln_the_Railsplitter_1965n’s work ethic is clear. He’s a hard worker physically and as a scholar–with a plumb bob over his shoulder. While I have no desire to be in politics, I can learn much from Lincoln as a railsplitter, scholar, and thinker. (I also chose this one because, for me, it is a lesser-known Normal Rockwell work.)

The painting also reminds me of one of my favorite Lincoln quotes:

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

 More: the NY Times had a nice article ‘Norman Rockwell, the Storyteller’ here


What are we going to do about racism?

What are we going to do about racism?


While we have made some progress in our country, will still have racism. We need to work to reduce it. (Realistically, we probably won’t be able to eliminate it in our lifetimes any more than our ability to eliminate ___; fill in the blank; pick a vice.  By ‘reduce racism’ I mean it in two ways.  Reduce the number of people who are racist and reduce the amount of racism in a person.  If we want to split hairs, it could be argued that a racist can not be fully converted to a non-racist. We can hope that that the level of racist feelings can be reduced to some epsilon level.)  One postulate here is that we are all a work-in-progress.  Very few of us have reached Mother Teresa levels when it comes to love.  I don’t believe racism is a have-it or not-have-it situation.  Again, we need to work to reduce the level of racism, in our country and in individuals.

It may be that messages by Jon Stewart, logic, information, or lectures by Sociology 110 professors will reduce racism, but I believe it may require more.  To convert (reform/transform?) racists, I believe requires a change in the heart — that is a change in the way people feel.

To effect a change of heart requires more than information, chiding, or logic.

The Claim I Wish to Posit

Here is my claim: One way we can get the requisite change of heart is the presence of Holy Spirit which comes with belief in God through faith.  (I’m certainly not claiming that all Christians are non-racist, far from it.)

Christians (believers) are a work-in-progress. Christians are growing, as Christians.  My claim is that the Holy Spirit can get us the change of heart we need (to do and not do appropriately, to love our neighbors, and reduce, in fact, racist feelings).  It can, and probably will, take time — a long time perhaps.  (I can think of many lessons that took numerous Bible studies and sermons for me to get and mathematical concepts which took me numerous lessons to learn.)

Some Ideas

 I’m far from being able to fully support this claim.  However, I do believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to change people.  My job here is to support that belief.

For now, I will provide a (rather random, at this point) series of lines of thought.  Someday, I hope I can organize them into a better flow.

It begins with the first commandment – Love God

 Here’s an interesting article: Why the First Part of the Greatest Commandment Is Even More Important Than the Second. A few quotes from the article:

    • You Can’t Do the Right Thing Without Some Help – If you’re a Christian, you know how hard it is to do the right thing, even though you know what you ought to do….As a Christian, I often experience the “tug of war” between my own fallen nature and the God’s continuing work in my heart.
    • Acknowledging the existence of God is foundational.
    • [people] can treat people nicely without loving God, but he can’t really do the right thing unless [th]he embraces the existence, power and source of what’s true about right and wrong. Unless God exists, moral truth is little more than opinion, and without God’s power we are unlikely to do the right thing with any consistency.

The ‘strength of love’ – The power of forgiveness in Charleston By Michael Gerson (my highlighting)
When many relatives of those cruelly murdered in Charleston — by a man who talked and prayed with his victims for an hour before systematically gunning them down — publicly offered their forgiveness, it was stunning and admirable in many ways. Not least of which, it provided a contrast to our political culture. So many are engaged in a search for evidence of their victimization in order to justify their anger. Here, genuine victims of a horrible crime responded with mercy.

The killer chose a historic African American church for a reason. For centuries, black churches have been a place of refuge, a voice for social justice and a target of racist violence. The alleged gunman, Dylann Roof, drove two hours to Charleston, S.C., because he undoubtedly wanted a symbol — and he got one. Against all his intentions, it is now the symbol of a living faith. The killer set out to defile a sacred place and ended up showing why it is sacred.

At the heart of the Christian faith is an impossible demand: to “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” This teaching was demonstrated by its author. The Christian novelist George MacDonald wrote: “ ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,’ said the Divine, making excuse for his murderers, not after it was all over, but at the very moment when he was dying by their hands.” When we see this type of extreme grace reenacted — as in Charleston — it has a tremendous power and appeal.

The killer was welcomed by the ones he murdered, and then forgiven by the people he deeply harmed. These victims and their families have shown what it means to be followers of Christ. And many of us now feel awed and honored to share the same faith as these remarkable Christians.

The victims were the faithful among the faithful. They were the kind who do much of the praying and working in a church, and who lift the sights and standards of people around them. You can see their legacy in those who survived them, striving so hard to be worthy of their example. A pastor friend in Baltimore, Frank Reid, wrote me: “In the midst of all this talk about security, didn’t the Pastor of Emanuel and those eight people exemplify the real strength and security of the Gospel? In the words of one of Dr. King’s first books of sermons, they exemplified the ‘strength to love.’ ”

That is the right phrase to summarize what we have seen in Charleston: the strength to love. Forgiveness is not something soft or passive. It demonstrates spiritual maturity, strength of character, depth, discipline and steadiness. It is the sign of a determined faith, fighting against every natural human inclination. “I acknowledge that I am very angry,” said Bethane Middleton-Brown, the sister of one of the victims. But “she taught me that we are the family that love built. We have no room for hating.”

A daughter of one victim told an interviewer that everyone, including the killer, deserves a “second chance.” She made her point confidently and without bitterness. Forgiveness is also a form of freedom — a refusal to be ruled by anger or resentment. It is like laying a burden down.

Public lessons will need to be drawn from the Charleston murders — though I cringe when the first response to tragedy is any pet policy project. It should, maybe, be the third response, made a few respectful days later.

The United States clearly has two problems. The first is a problem with racism. These Americans were killed because they were African Americans. How does a long history of hate jump to the next generation? Reflecting on that question should lead us to root out racism in our laws and lives, in the myths we perpetuate and the flags we fly. Second, the United States has a problem with angry young men, radicalized by the Internet. When these two problems are combined, the result is domestic terrorism. There is often no web of conspiracy to track, just signs of murderous intent, which our society must somehow be more alert to confront.

When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached over the coffins of the children killed in the Birmingham church bombing, he said, “History has proven over and over again that unmerited suffering is redemptive.” That is already true in the examples of the lost; now it needs to be reflected in the conduct of the living.

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My words/summary points: Gerson shows that the Christian faith offers hope on a number of fronts, including comfort for the victims, an example of how to love, moving forward, and love as a transformative power.

“Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.” ~ #CSLewis

Again, this is far from complete.  I hope to add to this posting.  It needs a lot of work. We have a lot of work to do to reduce racism.