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Blaine Bartlett
Seattle, Washington
The "ideal" man!
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The difference between being committed to something and being a commitment are profound. Most people, when speaking and thinking of commitments think in terms of something outside of themselves. "I'm committed to achieving that goal" or "I'm committed to our... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ideals in Motion
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As related by Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda... A man of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it; and then he looks and rejoices and laughs; and then he sees and knows. He knows that his life will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Ideals in Motion
Terry...thank you for the comments. Just "shaping the container" to feature the content most effectively 😄.
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Patagonia famously ran this advertisement in the New York Times on Black Friday 2011 as a way of encouraging its customers (and others) to question their "need" to buy something new. This was not an isolated publicity stunt. It has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Ideals in Motion
Eleanor, Thank you for you comment. Beauty is indeed the way by which we ascertain whether Spirit is visible on the work.
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When stripped of the behavioral characteristics, the personality distinctions, and the situational competencies typically used to describe a leader, what one is left with is movement – leaders cause movement, they cause change. Leadership is defined for the purposes of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Ideals in Motion
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The rallies and protests occurring in the wake of Trump’s election victory are understandable...the aspirational future of the millennial generation has been shaken to its core. Electoral Map based on voters 18-25 of age. In this Presidential election the following... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Ideals in Motion
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"My obligation right now is to do well for (1)myself, (2)my family, (3)my employees, (4)for my companies. And that's what I do." ~ Donald Trump, Presidential Debate, 9/26/16. (Emphasis and highlighted numbers are mine) Leaders create “reality” in a lot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Ideals in Motion
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I am absolutely THRILLED to let you know that my new book Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business has just been released. We are “launching” the book in two phases – a soft launch designed to promote... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Ideals in Motion
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On April 26, 2016 an article titled “A Majority of Millennials Now Reject Capitalism, Poll Shows” appeared in the Washington Post. The article cited a Harvard University survey which polled young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 –... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Ideals in Motion
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Capitalism was, as are all such ideas, sourced from an ideal – in this case the “Invisible Hand” of enlightened self interest espoused by Adam Smith. It was an ideal that, in part, considered self to be connected to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Ideals in Motion
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Today, the default focus for almost every business in operation on the planet is the creation of profits. This focus is so pervasive in the paradigm that defines business that it has become gospel that the purpose of business is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Ideals in Motion
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All businesses set goals – financial goals, productivity goals, expansion goals, sales goals. Most people set individual goals – weight loss, income increases, new and/or better “things”. And, as we approach every New Year many of us also set New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
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A definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing you’ve always done and expecting to achieve different results. Looking around the world today it strikes me that the human race is acting as if it is certifiably insane.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
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This is a great example of Compassionate Capitalism in pragmatic action! If this 83-year-old billionaire is right, one of the most important lessons of business school is pretty much wrong. He’s used his philosophy to establish electronics giant Kyocera Corp.... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 5, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
Hi Dawn, Thanks for your comments and observations...I fully support what you're doing and loved talking with you about this the other evening!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2015 on Where Is Culture? at Ideals in Motion
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How does stillness generate activity? I'm reminded of what Michael, the protagonist in Robert Heinlein's classic science fiction book Stranger in a Strange Land would say – “waiting is full”. Stillness is a containment vessel that quickens what is held.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
Hi Peter, Thank you for your comments...I like the pixel metaphor as it is an apt analogy for how what we call culture "appears". As to the systems thinking approach I think there is some there there so to speak. Relationships don't exist in isolation. They are are only possible in some type of system (physical, mental, spiritual, temporal, tangible or intangible). Indeed, one could say that the "I" that I believe myself to be exists only as a consequence of relating to aspects of a system (this plane of existence and all that it contains). We define ourselves through our relationships and the culture of "me" is a phenomenon of those relationships.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2015 on Where Is Culture? at Ideals in Motion
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Peter Drucker famously said that “…culture will eat strategy for lunch.” And, indeed it will. As a consequence, much of the leadership development and change management work in organizations is oriented toward the changing or development and subsequent care and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
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Earl Nightingale once said that "success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal." With this simple definition great possibilities are made manifest. Unfortunately, many people don't ever take the time to develop a worthy goal or ideal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
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Literature is full of references to speaking from the heart. Mystics, philosophers and religious leaders have all referenced for millennia the importance of linking our words to that which we deeply value; to that which is core to our being.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
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"Eye of God:" Hubble Telescope image of the Helix Nebula. Scientific knowledge is expanding every day at an exponential rate, and the implications of new developments, particularly those that challenge the current models regarding the true nature of reality, are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
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We live lives of separation and it's killing us. We are experientially separated from our ideals, our dreams and our humanity in ever more publicized ways. We see religious, political, racial and societal differences polarizing peoples around the world. Comparison,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Ideals in Motion
Thanks Terry...your comments about inspiration are exactly what's missing. Inspiration (and it's kissing cousin aspiration) are what we use to "breathe life" into our lives. Much love to you, BB
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2014 on I Can't Breathe... at Ideals in Motion
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I saw a CNN headline on Dec. 8 that said "Does speaking out hurt an athlete's brand?". The question begs an answer that addresses a far larger problem than that being focused on by the "I can't breathe" meme currently... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Ideals in Motion