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Leaders and WHY!

by Tom James on 11/24/19

Sometimes, as we lead our followers to take care of the WHAT we do, we sometimes forget that WHY is as important because it supplies the continued motivation for our work and lifelong joy in our work!

What is so clear that what our Leadership team does is supply the what.
Examples - Farmers provide food on the table.
 -Police and first responders provide safety, security, and emergency help.
 - Parents and teachers raise and teach our children! 
- Artists bring beauty into our lives. 
- Politicians and court members bring order and justice to our communities and keep our cities livable!

[I think that there are two essential groups for a community to exist - Police and Garbage/Sanitation workers]


Leaders make these WHATS successful! It's what we do!

But WHY ?

We leaders must constantly remind us that we and all others who are suppliers of WHAT are Persons. Our goods and services are our GIFTS to our communities and make a civilization of Persons possible!

Our Persons, their goods and services are important. We leaders must constantly remind one another of this SO important WHY.

Leaders and Family

by Tom James on 11/12/19

The Family is SO important in the development and support of Leaders.

In Youth, the formation of good and evil ethical leaders are profoundly impacted by good and evil ethical role model parents. Homes are ruled by love or anger; by good care or selfishness; by clear or confused ethics' guidance; by worthwhile or self-centered lifetime goals; by acceptance or rejection of a religious community; by an active or dormant prayer life; by recognition or rejection of each other as PERSONS. And by choosing the path of good or that of evil, we fulfill the Ultimate Divine End of an Eternity of life in God, or an eternity of aloneness.

Good families are the foundations of our thriving civilizations! Evil families are the cause of Wars, atrocities, the collapse of financial and medical systems, crime, broken Justice systems, etc., etc., ETC!!!

Leaders and Listening to God

by Tom James on 10/31/19

How do we tell what it is that God wants us to do? or Be? or Choose?

The sacred Writings of Various Religions, and Holy people tell us (and show us) that indeed God does talk to many Persons! But to you and me?

If so, HOW?
  1.  By searching and listening for God's talking to us and teaching us, and opening up our Souls for God to enter!
  2. By developing the characteristic of seeing God and His actions in nature, friends, daily life at all levels, and especially in other Persons!
  3. By recognizing that all things in our lives that are good and wonderful and helpful are the actions of God and about God. We are to recognize that all good things come from God!
  4. By leading others to seek God's Word in their own lives, by being a good example of God in our daily thoughts and actions, and crediting Blessings and all things Good as those that are inspired by God!
  5. By praying together in Religious services with fellow Seekers of God and those anxious to follow God's Will!
  6. By acknowledging our need for God by practicing humility for our sinfulness and earthly limitations, never ceasing to seek help in order to someday be with, and a part of, God!
  7. By Praying, Praying, Praying!

"Be still and know that I am God."

Leaders and FAITH and CORRUPTION

by Tom James on 10/17/19

Faith, the bedrock foundation of all relationships among Persons and our Leaders is most positively strengthened by good ethical beliefs and actions and negatively affected by bad ethical beliefs and actions.

You think that's obvious?

But today, let's consider the cumulative effect of good and bad ethics and actions:

     -It always amazed me when I did consulting, how colleges or businesses revealed their vitality, or "sickness". From the moment of introduction, one could sense the aura of hope, or the cloak of despair from the teams. I still remember these moments as I walked into the room, and my impressions were reinforced as I completed my time at that site.

     -I believe that organizations become sick or strong because of bad or good leadership:

     -The selection of leaders and their teams is the initial and most important step in order to establish a strong base of which good ethics and actions can be supported. If the Selection Committee has already proven to have good ethics, then those leaders that are chosen will have a higher chance of applying these ethics for actions of good. If the Committee uses corrupt standards for their selection, the team they choose will undoubtedly reflect that bad model, and will ultimately bring about their destruction through bad leadership, and unethical actions.

How do we maintain a good organization as good, or correct a sick organization and make it better?

     -The leadership team, with humility, continually analyzes current performance,

     -LISTENS to, with humility, and welcomes input from all concerned!!

     -rewards good performance and corrects and turns around the bad.

     -Prayer, PRAYER, and Proper for God's light of understanding, knowledge, wisdom and courage to help - help - help bless the Leadership team with the Joy of Success!

Do we ask our Supreme Being to bless our EVIL ACTS?

by Tom James on 10/10/19

Dear Good Ethical Muslim Leaders: Do you believe that the murderous acts and open hatreds such as:
-Genocide in the South Sudan by Muslims,
-Horrific acts of murder, torture, suicide bombing by ISIS and others in Paris and Syria,
-A stated desire to "drive all Jews into the Mediterranean" by the Religious and Political Leader of a Muslim Country,
-Murderous rebels in many countries conducting campaigns of terrorism, suicide bombings, and murders, etc.,
-World-Wide campaigns of HATRED by evil sects of Muslims against other Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and other non-Muslims, etc., etc., etc.
PLEASE Dear Good, Ethical Muslim Leaders come forth and enter the world of WMDs and world-wide acts of hatred etc., and state that your God does not sponsor these acts of evil!
Your God is not evil!
The sponsor of EVIL is Satan!
Any sponsor of Evil is a servant of Satan!
Save the planet Earth from a nuclear Armageddon and a continually spreading horror show of evil acts!!!

Leaders- From MAD to STUPID

by Tom James on 10/03/19

For fifty years of the Cold War, we persons on Earth lived under a threat of nuclear holocaust and annihilation. During that time, an accurate one word descriptor "MAD" for Mutually assured Destruction was widely used to describe the situation.

Can we have a world wide contest to come up with such a word describing our present position on WMDs (Weapons of mass destruction)!!

My suggestion is S.T.U.P.I.D.!
Stands for STalemate Under Perpetual InDecisiveness!

Dear Leaders of HAAVE, don't one day find yourself alone in your bunker watching the "last show" of Earth's convulsive annihilation!!!!!

Get rid of ALL weapons of mass destruction NOW!!!! 

Leaders. Thanks!

by Tom James on 10/01/19

Beloved and admired leaders, let us recognize that:
- If Earth creates a successful process for total elimination of the threat of WMD's, it will be because of LEADERS!
- If we on Earth adopt a shared global ethical system based on one Supreme Being who has made us PERSONS who love and give service to others based on the love of family. It will be because of LEADERS!
- If dictatorships and totalitarian regimes become democracies, it will be because of LEADERS!
- If all young persons seek to develop loving relationships with persons rather than user-relationships with animal-like individuals, it will be because of LEADERS!
- If Justice prevails everywhere, it will be because of LEADERS!
- If Peace prevails everywhere, it will be because of LEADERS!
Thank you LEADERS for choosing to be great GOOD LEADERS!

Leaders and How to Trust Enough!

by Tom James on 09/19/19

There is a wonderful line from Lao-tzu, "He who does not trust enough will not be trusted."
What Wisdom!
What causes "trust enough" to develop in some leaders and lack of trust to develop in other leaders. 
A leader seeks to develop the "servant leader" concept and the virtues of humility and understanding. He strives to develop the habit of being a good listener. He is patient with other persons faults. He considers himself part of a team with shared responsibilities and shared credit for success.
A trusting leaders seek to praise the good rather than condemn faults. He is swift to reward, and discerning with punishment. He loves rather than hate; he uplifts rather than use and gives rather than takes.

Leaders and the Souls of Aborted Baby Persons

by Tom James on 09/01/19

So what does God (the Supreme Being) do with the millions of baby Persons killed in the womb each year? Before we hope the wisdom of God will answer the question for us, let us frame the issue.

Let us begin again with: there is a God.

What's more, God has chosen the human race on Earth. He gives each human a soul with the promise of an eternal life of Bliss if we choose to worship Him, serve Him by serving fellow Persons, and choosing good ideas, good values, good works, good spouses, etc.

BUT, suddenly, some modern women have decided that they have the RIGHT to kill the babies still in their wombs! Horror of Horrors!!

These babies are:

-Totally innocent,
-In various body-forming stages,
-ANDthey all have souls!!!

Plato, in talking about the existence of a Supreme Being, said that there must be an infinite being because we have infinite desire!


So an aborted baby's soul has infinite desire to be with God forever.

Question answered!

The God-created soul goes from being murdered, into the arms of God and the beatific vision, flooded with God's infinite knowledge, and sharing His infinite mercy and forgiveness toward those who killed him/her!

Pray, aborting mothers, to God, and to your aborted child's soul for forgiveness and help in your life to choose God in all things, so that you may spend eternity in a loving embrace with your child's soulhis or her most important part!!!

Leadership and the Unborn's Sacred Rite to Self-Determination

by Tom James on 08/20/19

If there is a Supreme Being (God) that gives us a soul, which gives us the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination, which gives us the option to choose to love God for all eternity, then we are given that soul at conception!

God's plan is for each of us Persons to choose to worship Him, serve our fellow Persons, and choose the Good in all things. That CONTRACT is as much our Personhood as our DNA.

We Persons are chosen by God from all eternity to live in the Light of God.

Who can dare to cut short and destroy a wonder-filled baby, that God has given an eternal destiny?

Dear Mother of an unborn,

If you are planning to kill your child, at least Baptize it now. Pour water over your belly and say, “I baptize you (NAME!!!) in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Then for the rest of your life, pray for your child and yourself, for the infinite Mercy of God to take your child into His eternal embrace and forgive you your sin!

Dear Mother of an aborted child of God,

I believe that the infinite Mercy of God might hear your prayer for the soul of your child to be baptized by You! Beg God to let you baptize (NAME!!!), “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

It's best to make this prayer in the moment before being killed, if possible, but there is no time with God. God CAN make this baptism effective, because for God, everything is NOW! Hope, believe, and pray for (NAME) the rest of your life and for yourself.

Leaders and the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination

by Tom James on 08/13/19

Why did the Supreme Being (God) give us the gift of Personhood? This gift of a soul gives us the ability to choose good and evil, or basically to choose to direct our life choices to the Good:

-Good habits,

-Good friends,

-Good ideas,

-Good careers,

-Ways to help others,


So that we can clearly choose to be with God for all eternity!

That's IT!!!


All Leaders everywhere have a Sacred Duty to protect all Persons' Sacred Rite of Self-Determination, and to Lead all to make every decision one that helps  and leads us on the path to God!


Leaders can lead Persons to:

-Choose democracy, which protect the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination and fight all forms of tyranny such as Communism, which deny Personhood!

-Choose a religion based on a loving God and on loving our neighbor, rather than one that denies the Personhood of anyone who does not follow their definition of their tribal God.

-Choose to avoid drugs, alcohol, lust, greed, anger, hatred, controlling others rather than a life of service to others,


Dear Leaders,

Have Hope, Love, and Faith in God. Use every waking hour and ounce of energy to fight the good fight and protect the Sacred Rite of Self-Determination for ALL PERSONS ON EARTH!

Leadership and Crises

by Tom James on 08/09/19

All Leaders from heads of state to parents of families are either directly or indirectly impacted by the current overwhelming international and local crises, such as:

-The tech revolutions and the pace of change,

-Fear of WMD proliferation,

-Acts of mass murder caused by religions zealots and hate-filled people,

-Worldwide migration of peoples,

-Overwhelming population growth,

-Power-hungry and power-mad Leaders of countries,

-Collapse of good Core Value systems such as organized religion and good families,

-Disappearance of trust in political life causing a rise in “not getting things done,”

-Increase in violence at all levels of society,

-History of families, towns, countries, and individuals being rewritten by cynical teachers of bad values,

-Rise in evil drug empires based on corruption.


(Read previous blogs for what to do!)

An Open Letter to Believers in One God

by Tom James on 07/21/19

Beloved Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Leaders,

Act now, as brothers under one God, and save the planet!

As a dramatic, symbolic act of this Brotherhood, hold a joint worship service of the one and only Supreme Being in the mosque on the Holy Mount that is sacred to all 3 religions.

DO IT NOW!!! While there's still time!!

The Armageddon looms closer with each new hate-filled war.

Remember: Muslims and Jews have a common Father—Abraham—who worshiped one God. Also, Christianity was started by Jews and shares a belief in the truths regarding one God contained in the Jewish holy writing,

You can, if you only will, drop and leave behind centuries-old beliefs and hatred. Let all Persons, no matter their religion, become loving brothers and sisters under a loving God (Supreme Being).

Leadership and Being a Celebrity

by Tom James on 07/16/19

Does it seem to you that the dream of being a celebrity and the reality are so different?

Let's consider what happens when you become celebrated.

The first thing that happens, the reason I chose this topic: you cease to be a Person!!

You are now owned by your fans and treated as an object that must:

-Be available,

-Be smiling,

-Give autographs cheerfully,

-Continue to be a great artist, politician, military hero, entrepreneur, financier, or athlete to satisfy your fans' NEEDS and not YOURS!

-Is it any wonder that over time, celebrities fall into depression, drug and alcohol abuse, anger and resentment at life, the trap of ever-increasing performance expectation, and being unable to summon the energy to overcome obstacles and be positive?



For the Good, ethical Leader, being a grounded celebrity means that being celebrated is a way to serve others as a Leader. By being joyful, patient, kind, and cheerful to those Persons who ask you to handle these pressures so well, they will seek out and find the cause of your grounded life as a Person. This groundedness can only come from a goal in life that surpasses and supercedes all other goals—eternal celebration with God!

For those celebrities who define themselves as non-Persons, or ignore or reject the destiny and purpose of life—to prepare for choosing, loving, and being loved for and by the Supreme Being—they have no hope.

Being celebrated is a stormy sea of gigantic waves with a sinking boat!

Leaders and Preparation

by Tom James on 07/01/19

If you are not now a Leader, then I call you, or beg you, to become one. Become a Good, Ethical Leader.

Would-be Leaders prepare or are prepared for Leadership because of circumstance like war, being groomed by a strong family member, boss, or friend who challenges them to prepare for “life.” Thereby Leaders can Lead us to prepare for Leadership.

I hope the following Questions will be helpful for you to intentionally “choose” to prepare for Good, Ethical, Leadership!

  1. Do you want to be a Leader?

  2. If NO, please consider your reasons for saying “no.” If your role models are bad ones (lazy, corrupt, angry, hateful, or abusive) then use their examples of bad Leadership to Lead you to choose Good opposite Leadership styles, values, and goals for Leading Persons with a shared vision of a hope-filled Community

  3. If YES, then start preparing NOW. Your “yes” should cause you to examine every bit of knowledge, social experience, mistake, idea, inspiration (good or bad) and store it in your file of “Leadership learning” for future use! Pick friends who show signs of Leadership potential and drive to excel and achieve! If YES, then be POSITIVE in attitude, in seeing the good in events, Persons, and ideas. Actively fight for the positive good in all you think, do, or make a habit of!

If “yes,” then I have three words: observe, OBSERVE, OBSERVE everything!!!

If “yes,” seek the Supreme Being and His gifts, recognizing the Sacred in Persons, religion, good teaching, rituals, Leaders, and Communities. Identify evil-acting and -teaching religions!

If “yes,” then learn how to learn from your personal disasters, as well as Community and global disasters, such as wars, plagues, tornadoes, famine, etc. Learn how to pick yourself up and help those you Lead to do the same!

If “yes,” then develop a hopeful, cheerful, and humorous approach to yourself and others, especially those you will lead!

If “yes,” then PRAY!

A Mass Murderer and the Night Before!

by Tom James on 06/21/19

The 15-year-old Boy wakens from terrible dreams and suddenly realizes that he is not alone. He shouts,

Boy: WHAT!!!

Boy: Who is there? I see you both!

Boy: Who are you?

Hope: I am Hope, your guardian angel from God!

Despair: And I am Despair, your guardian angel from Satan!

Boy: What do you want?

Hope and Despair: Your soul!

Hope: You have one more chance to decide not to go to your high school and kill your fellow students tomorrow. Now, I am giving you great graces to clear a path for your will to cancel your plans for tomorrow!

Despair laughs derisively.

Despair: Ha! No way! This soul is mine. His will is so locked up with hatred and anger at God, his parents, his life, his school and everything and everybody, and with lust and jealousy, your grace is drowned in a sea of despair! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Hope: There is always hope until you are dead, so now choose the light. Choose to plead for God's mercy and love, who even now is waiting for you to turn to love and turn away from despair.

Boy: Enough! I want to kill. Come into me, Despair. Kill my brain with a feeling of power—power over life and death, power to destroy lives, power to fill their families with despair, power to create fear in hundreds of students and teachers, and power over my own fear!

Ending #1

The next day, with bodies all around, the mass murderer Boy is riddled with bullets, and Despair rips his soul out and carries him to Hell.

Ending #2

In the months after, the Boy is still living and in chains. He is allowed to see the TV reports of families and students turning to Hope, Love, and Forgiveness. Boy's nights are filled with despair

and then lately—can it be? A small glimmer!

Leaders and DEATH

by Tom James on 06/12/19

Let's call this: helping those we need face death with “the meaning of life.”

My older brother (90!) died last week after a life of wonderful service as a priest. Both his dying and his funeral rites were suffused with celebration and meaning through prayers and rituals, because he was a PERSON with a SOUL who spent his life constantly aware of:

-Why he was made a Person,

-Who made him a Person,

-And what his ultimate choice must be.

He decided to love and serve God by serving other Persons, in order for him to be joyful in this life and supremely happy with and in God forever, and he chose to accomplish this service with and through Jesus: the Way, and the Truth, and the Life!

Leaders Need a Care Meter and Antidotes for Fear!

by Tom James on 05/24/19

Whether you are a Leader of a family, business, or country, you constantly deal with and handle fear of all types in those you Lead.

There is good fear (or respect) and bad fear. Some people fear a loss of their job because of complications in the market, a loss of family because of bad parenting, or a loss of country because of wars.

Dealing with fear is your job as their Leader!

Throw into our lives fomenters of fear—warlike politicians and dictators, corrupt business executives, alcoholic parents, thieves and murderers, etc. These collective fear engines can create mass fear or hysteria and a group willingness to elect dictators or take to the streets and barricades.

For current day Leaders, factor in the incredible pace of change caused by technology, including weapons of mass destruction or the potential global spread of disease, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, and it is a wonder that Earth's Communities are surviving at all!


Back to my constant pleas:

-Global Good ethical values,

-Creation of a Global response to the spread of WMD's,

-Denouncing of Evil leaders and their countries as Evil,

-The renewal of shared concepts such as Good and Evil, justice and corruption, love and hate, friendship and enmity, and positive action and idleness, so we all talk the same language.

Good, ethical Leaders: Now is the time to ACT and LEAD! You are SO needed!

A Present

by Tom James on 04/25/19

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonable happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.


                                            Reinhold Niebuhr

Leadership Choices, A Summary!

by Tom James on 04/15/19

Let's run through some choices you can make to be Good, Ethical Leaders.

Choose to lead: if you're younger, lead your classmates, siblings, even your teachers, or if you're in your twenties, lead your fellow workers, your organization, your family, etc.! These are examples of how you can seek ways in which to practice leadership.

To what end? Leave the world a better place because of your many leadership choices and roles!

How can you become a GOOD, Ethical Leader?

Choose Good values and have Good, Ethical habits.

For example, you can choose:

-To worship a Good Supreme Being (God).

-To make family the center of what you value.

-To treat the opposite sex as Persons and not as objects.

-Pick GOOD friends and leisure time activities.

-Choose to use alcohol and rich foods sparingly, not to excess.

-Choose to learn and keep learning all the days of your life.

-Love and care for and give Good guidance to your followers.

-Exercise daily!

-Read great literature!

-Set up rules about your use of computers, iPhone, online games, social media, etc.

-Pray every day.

-Trust in God and your Good Guardian Angel.

Now, how are you doing as a Good, Ethical Leader?

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