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1 Leadership as Conglomeration Dr. Barry W. Simmons, Sr. April 7, 2010

2 Keep in mind #1 There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look like an elephant. - Liu Shao-ch'i

3 Leadership Leaders must have followers and to have followers, you, the leader, must know thyself.

4 Keep in mind #2 ‘Thyself’ is a conglomeration and you must know thyself to be a good and effective leader.

5 con·glom·er·a·tion Pronunciation: \kən- ˌ glä-mə-rā-shən, Function: noun Date: 1626 1 : the act of conglomerating : the state of being conglomeratedactconglomeratingconglomerated 2 : something conglomerated : a mixed mass or collectionconglomerated

6 Conglomeration Entry Word: conglomerate Function: verb Text: 1 to come together into one body or place - see assemble 1 2 to gradually form into a layer, pile, or mass - see collect 2assemble 1collect 2

7 Conglomeration continued Entry Word: collect Function: verb Text: 1 to gain emotional or mental control of Synonyms calm, compose, contain, control, re-collect, settle Related Words allay, lull, quiet, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize) Phrases pull oneself together Antonyms disperse, dissipate, scatter 3 to bring together from several sources into a single volume or see compile 4 to bring together in one body or — see gather 1 5 to come together into one body or place — see assemble 1 compilegather 1assemble 1

8 Intellectual Passion Adaptability Integrity Humility Courteous Dependability Communication Innovation Creativity Ignorance Logical Default Rational Aggressiveness Curiosity Emotional Esprit de corps Knowledge Competency Confidence Judgment Role model Situational Collaboration Mediation Spiritual Consciousness Empathy Volunteerism Justice Energy Normal distribution Strengths are weaknesses Weaknesses are strengths Strategic Tactical Persuasiveness Values Unwavering Machiavelli Hobbes Financial Authority Power Organizing Budgeting Disciplining Empowering Encouraging Reverent Cheerful

9 Keep in mind #3 Confidence Ignorance Productive stupidity

10 “Focusing on important questions [issues] puts us in the awkward position of being ignorant.” “The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries [advances].” Schwartz, Martin A. (2008) The importance of stupidity in scientific research: Journal of Cell Science, 121, 1771 The Company of Biologists

11 Keep in mind # 4 R I S K

12 Leadership as conglomeration “Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow-red, yellow, brown, black and white-and we're all precious in God's sight.” — Jesse Jackson

13 Leadership as conglomeration What kind of conglomerate are you? Do you know yourself?

14 SASFAA’s 2007 Leadership Symposium This was my first time participating in a leadership symposium that required reading a book, preparing a personal autobiography, watching a movie, keeping a journal, and writing a letter [to my children]. I enjoyed the experience and would recommend that the format remain the same. I can only summarize this experience in one word "Awesome." participant 18

15 Leader as aid administrator/professional Plumbers of the Abstract? Masters of Implementation!

16 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… "Please, sir, I want some more." — Oliver Twist

17 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… “What!” said the master at length, in a faint voice. "Please, sir," replied Oliver, "I want some more."

18 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… "That boy will be hung," said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. "I know that boy will be hung.” From Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist

19 Keep in mind # 5 Do no harm “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.... The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.” - Walter Lippmann

20 Know thyself The Simmons Aid Administrator Facilitator-Steward Continuum

21 Facilitator What program fits the student? What are the student’s individual needs? What’s the holistic situation? What are the best options for the student? What does the student bring to the institution? What risk can we bear with this student?

22 Steward How does the student fit the program? How can I cubby-hole this student? What disqualifies this student? What options involve the least amount of work and are the quickest? What costs the least? What can I do to minimize risk?

23 Know thyself “It's Christmas Day!” said Scrooge to himself. “I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can.” — From Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

24 Keep in mind #6 “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” - Katharine Hepburn

25 Keep in mind #7 “And that prince who bases his power entirely on … words, finding himself completely without other preparations, comes to ruin.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

26 Keep in mind #8 “This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.” “The sun does not shine on this fair earth to meet frowning eyes.” — Charles Dickens

27 Keep in mind #9 Know thyself! “There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” — Charles Dickens


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