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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 03:22:50 GMT

Dodge Demon concept

The Dodge Demon concept roadster, to be shown at the Geneva auto show in March 2007

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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 01:45:36 GMT


Towne Street Cincinnati

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Sun, 15 Jul 2007 00:12:13 GMT

Maximum Leadership Capacity

Maximum Leadership Capacity
"In these times of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence. The primary reason is the lack of leadership. Nothing is more important than leadership." (Barna) Lead·er·ship (noun) (Merriam-Webster)
1 : the office or position of a leader
2 : capacity to lead
3 : the act or an instance of leading

I have been pondering this word lately, or shall I say “function.” I have always considered myself a “leader.” I have been called a leader and I have functioned in many capacities as a “leader.”

However, lately I have been more concerned with the secondary and third definitions of the word “leadership.” While it is an honor to be knighted as such, I have found that many times we are “leadership” in “title” only. Have we truly considered if we are capable of functioning as a true leader? Have we even thought about what our “capacity to lead” (def. 2) may be? Additionally, are we even “acting” like a leader? Have we been caught leading- unintentionally?

As a minister I have named leadership and taught leadership. When looking for leaders, generally my husband and I would look for what we call F.A.T. people. F.A.T. stands for Faithful, Accountable, and Teachable. Those are qualities every leader, or potential leader should have most definitely. However, I want to add new criteria for leaders I lead, and especially for myself. I am adding, “maximum capacity of leadership.”

Lately I have truly questioned if I have a “maximum capacity of leadership”. Basically, I have been prayerfully asking God, “Is there a cap on my leadership? Are there areas I tend to slack off in? Is my leadership unintentional, or at times do I “make appearances?”

Every public building has a maximum capacity. If that capacity is exceeding, it gets the attention of some very important people and depending on the situation, you may get shut down!

However, when gauging the maximum capacity of one’s leadership, it is virtually the opposite. If we have a cap, that is not a good thing! Our leading capacity is never limited by size, however we can limit it. If there is a cap on our leading ability, sooner or later we will cease being effective if we do not continually strive to increase our capacity.

Recently I have asked myself some questions that have helped determine what my leadership capacity is.

1.) Do people outside of the church see me as a leader?

Do those I come into daily contact with see me as a leader? My child’s teacher? The local grocer? One thing I have learned, although it is an ongoing process, is that someone is always watching how we respond to situations. I have learned to hold my tongue because I had been witnessing to an individual and “going off” on someone, even if I am in the right, would not be a shining example of the light I was trying to shine.

You’ll know if people see you as a leader because they will approach you for advice, or they may ask you to pray for them. Sometimes, they’ll simply apologize for off color comments because they know you are a Christian. When these things happen, know that your capacity is stretching!

2.) Am I leading by example?

This is the hard one! But as I said before, people are always watching- especially in church! One thing I have always strived to do, not just as a leader, but as a Christian is be an active participant during worship services. Even when I don’t feel like it, I will make myself get up and praise and worship. I will make myself enter into corporate prayer, and I will make myself respond to the Word. Generally, after the first song, or by mid-prayer my ‘tude has taken a turn for the better. However, it is disturbing to me when I see “leaders” sitting down during praise & worship, refusing to participate until their contributing part. My thoughts on this are if you can’t praise him when you are in the congregation, don’t get up there and pull an “all out” on the platform during your solo. When this happens, you leadership capacity is on full display!

3.) What is my motivation?

Many times we led because we want a “leg up.” We want a title, or we want a position. However, when we do that, our motivation is wrong. Again, we are capping our leadership potential.

I recently asked myself, “Tara, if you never preach again, if you never stand on another platform, if you never publish your books, articles, etc., will you still be the leader God has called you to be?”

I know this may seem like a simple answer, however, I took the time to really consider it. I didn’t want to answer with the “spiritually correct” answer. I wanted to mean it. I understood that any answer other than , “yes” would reveal that my motivation had been wrong all along.

When we are motivated to lead because we desire promotion, we might as well hang a sign that says “Full to Capacity” on ourselves because we’ve just maxed out our ability to lead.

Our motivation should be nothing more than being a F.A.T., fully devoted follower of Christ with the heart to represent Him well.

In conclusion, you can rejoice with me as I am currently increasing my leadership capacity. It is something that I will continue to increase, because I don’t want to “max out.”

In my heart of hearts, I truly desire that when God looks at my “capacity” levels He’ll smile at me and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”

Posted by: Tara Sloa      Read more     Source

Thu, 12 Jul 2007 05:36:09 GMT

MySpace Does TV

MySpace Does TV
MySpace has launched a new service they're calling Similar to their previous MySpace Video this service has more to offer MySpace members and non-members alike. On top of all the user generated videos that are added to the site everyday there will also be professional videos available. In the next couple months you're going to see more features added to MySpaceTV.

Tom Anderson, the cofounder and president of MySpace says, "We're going to be rolling out innovative video products and features in the coming months to further empower our users" ~ITPro (July 3)

MySpace is creating new competition for themselves by adding music videos and other media. TV stations, radio stations and even movie theaters may find MySpaceTV becoming a thorn in their side in the coming year.

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Thu, 12 Jul 2007 05:20:49 GMT

For the Global Warming Skeptics

For the Global Warming Skeptics
Global "warming," although a misnomer, is absolutely, categorically, definitely happening. You may not notice a rise in temperature, but that doesn't mean everything is normal.

Global warming doesn't mean more tropical conditions - more like total weather and ecological pandemonium. Recently, over 1,000 African seabirds washed ashore in the southeastern United States, starved to death. Scientists don't know exactly why they couldn't find appropriate food, but something is definitely out of the ordinary.

Furthermore, our CO2 emissions are contributing to it, as scientifically determined over 100 years ago - and Mother Nature is not built to handle this! Yes there was a similar warming period 6,000 years ago, but the cause was not the same.

In summary, the mid-Holocene, roughly 6,000 years ago, was generally warmer than today, but only in summer and only in the northern hemisphere. More over, we clearly know the cause of this natural warming, and know without doubt that this proven "astronomical" climate forcing mechanism cannot be responsible for the warming over the last 100 years. - Source: NOAA article Such rapid warming on a global scale is quite rare in the geological record, and while it may not be entirely unprecedented, there is strong evidence that whenever such a change has happened, whatever the cause, it was a catastrophic event for the biosphere. - Source: Grist article

....and there absolutely is a NOAA article. Do you really need more proof? If so, go ahead and poke around NOAA article a bit. They are a non-profit charity, NOAA article plus some advertising, but with NOAA article - and plenty of valuable information to keep you entertained, and informed.

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Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:42:15 GMT

Six organizational pathologies

Six organizational pathologies
When organizations go bad, they usually succumb to one of six pathologies.

1. Myopic organizations: These are the kinds of places where the leadership is in the grip of a protective stupidity, where they can't see the bleeding obvious. Different parts of the organization stop talking to each other or garble each others' messages and people asking hard questions or pointing out the truth are swept aside, passed over or eliminated. The organization is caught up in group think. One of the best examples is Enron.

2. Bureaucratic organizations: Rigid and inflexible places. Not welcoming of ideas or creative people. Too heavy a focus on rules and process.

3.Passive aggressive organizations: Large and complex places. No decision is final, there is a lot of second-guessing, roles are vaguely defined to ensure plausible "deniability", quality information is hard to obtain, the quality of work is not accurately assessed, and beneath the apparent consensus and conflict-free veneer, plans and promising projects can't seem to get traction. There is little accountability. People have no idea what decisions they are responsible for and the organization itself teeters on a fulcrum of too much control and not enough. Those in positions of authority lack the information to make the right decision, and those with the incentives and information lack the authority to execute. The result: senior management thinks it controls stuff that it doesn't and the organization bristles with pockets of resistance.

4. Charismatic organizations: These are the places that move lock-step with a leader whose word is final and who is never questioned. Dissent is always crushed. Witness the many failed business leaders brought undone by the illusion of omnipotence and invincibility, blinded by a veil of fantasy and flaws in a seemingly brilliant vision with a powerful ego that could cast a shadow. And let's not forget that often behind charisma, there is illusion. The word "charisma" comes from the ancient Greek word "charis", a gift or reward. And in the classical Christian texts, a charism is a divine endowment from the Holy Spirit. In other words, charismatic leaders are almost seen as super-human and immortal. Nothing is further from the truth.

5. Paranoid organizationsThese are the sorts of places locked in a constant over-the-top battle with the forces of the outside world, including competitors, regulators and governments. These places can have a huge focus on internal rules, restraints and punishments, where employees suspected of disloyalty are either sacked or sidelined and where people who are not clones are ignored or refused promotion. Alternatively, these organizations can be locked in an over-the-top aggression and win-at-all-costs strategy. It undermines values.

6. Depressive organizations: These organizations are usually in mature, low-growth industries. They are usually very large. They know something is wrong, but can't get out of it, and instead just drift along aimlessly, often downstream. They are terrified of change, but when they decide to embrace it, they get it hopelessly wrong. Millions of dollars are poured into marketing campaigns and badly-conceived strategic initiatives that go nowhere and their managers can be apathetic, cynical and passive to the point where they are incapable of making decisions.

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Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:36:45 GMT

Aston Martin Sees Future In China

Aston Martin Sees Future In China
[Image Source: Serious Wheels]

It seems that the parceling out of Aston Martin is set to continue while more parts of the company's infrastructure are sold off to more Arab investors. The reasons behind the new tag sale of Aston equities are to - what else? - raise more money for expansion.

At least it's not for paying off debt.

Part of the British marque's mission is to see an enormous growth in the emerging markets (apparently Uncle Sam isn't pulling his lion's share of orders like he once was). Those markets include the typical three- Russia, India, and, of course, China.

The goal: 25% of all Astons sold will be sold to the well to do in the PRC.

[Source: MotorAuthority]

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Tue, 10 Jul 2007 02:33:04 GMT

The water way

The water way
When it came time to leave Roundrock on our most recent rainy visit, we chose to walk up the creekbed in the Central Valley. Normally, this is a route we avoid this time of the year since the scrub is so thick and tall that we generally are covered with ticks after only a few yards of hiking in it.

But not so on our last visit. What you see above is the path we took much of the way up the Valley. We simply walked where the water was flowing. It held the scrub to the ground and gave us an open path.

Unfortunately, the ground underneath was not always that even, and I stumbled — but never fell — a few times and even found a couple of deeper holes to sink my boots into.

I remember reading Thoreau talking about this being a preferred way to travel, though I can’t recall the exact circumstances that compelled him to walk in the streams, sometimes up to his neck. Perhaps to stay cool. Perhaps to be cool.

We never would have done this had we not gotten our boots and socks and pants so thoroughly soaked already that day. Once staying dry was not a consideration, all sorts of hiking options opened.

I haven’t check my boots yet to see if they’ve dissolved or not, but I suppose I should before we head out again.

Missouri calendar:

  • Texas horned lizards bask in open areas on sunny, hot mornings in the southweatern corner of Missouri.

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Mon, 09 Jul 2007 19:56:10 GMT

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals His Horny Side

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals His Horny Side
It seems that Daniel Radcliffe is sexually starved and is looking for girls to satiate his libido. And you better do not take him as a kid anymore as he is behaving like a grown up man, at least sexually. He is keen to hit the bed with those girls, who are taken away by his celebrity fame. His horny side came to fore when 17-year-old star opened his heart and spoke on sex with girls. Considering his statement Daniel looks desperate for more and more sex.

He is geared up for sex with those girls who are willing to accept him as Daniel and not Harry Potter.

He also welcomes those girls, who are happy to have sex with him, as he is a celebrity.

As he said:

Girls who want to go out with me just because I’m famous has never been a problem. I’m 17. I don’t care.

The actor wants to have fun right now and feels he is too young to settle down in life and further added :

Obviously, if I wanted a deep and meaningful relationship then I wouldn’t want to be going out with somebody who is only with me because I’m an actor, but if you don’t a relationship like that then it’s fine.

Although people do address him as Harry and once even his friend called him by same name accidentally. At times if he happens to be with another person with the name Harry in the room and somebody shouts his name he does respond slightly, but gets embarrassed too.

On being called Harry he said:

But no one has ever said it in the throws of passion. That would be the end of that session. Go now!

Source: Femalefirst

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Mon, 09 Jul 2007 12:36:18 GMT

Microsoft Rejects GPLv3 Ties

Microsoft Rejects GPLv3 Ties
Microsoft Corp. has rejected Thursday the idea that its deal last year with Novell ties it to the new General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3).

The Microsoft-Novell partnership signed in November last year featured promises to make Windows interoperable with SuSE Linux, a pact in which Microsoft vows not to sue Novell for any potential patent infringement, royalty payments on the part of Novell to Microsoft based on Linux sales, or a major purchase of Linux support contracts by Microsoft.

In a statement Thursday, Microsoft disavowed any link between itself and GPLv3. "Microsoft is not a party to the GPLv3 license and none of its actions are to be misinterpreted as accepting status as a contracting party of GPLv3 or assuming any legal obligations under such license," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's vice president of intellectual property and licensing.

GPLv3, which was unveiled only a week ago, has been touted by its creator, Richard Stallman, as a poison pill that will prevent future deals like the one Microsoft made with Novell. "GPLv3 is designed to turn [a few mistakes in the Novell deal] against Microsoft, extending that limited patent protection to the whole community," Stallman wrote i. "[And] releasing a program under GPL version 3 protects it from Microsoft's future attempts to make redistributors collect Microsoft royalties from the program's users," he added.

"We do not believe that Microsoft needs a license under GPL to carry out any aspect of its collaboration with Novell, including its distribution of support certificates, even if Novell chooses to distribute GPLv3 code in the future," Gutierrez noted. "Furthermore, Microsoft does not grant any implied or express patent rights under or as a result of GPLv3, and GPLv3 licensors have no authority to represent or bind Microsoft in any way."

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