Thursday, May 23, 2013
Donovan Campbell has built upon the success of his first book, "Joker One," and has turned his focus to examining the nature of effective leadership. "The Leader's Code - Mission, Character, Service and Getting the Job Done" is all about developing a mindset and a heart for servant leadership.
Readers of the White Rhino Report will recognize Campbell from our review of "Joker One." Campbell was also a keynote speaker at The White Rhino Intersection.
White Rhino Report Review of Joker One
The author uses stories from his own experience in the Marines Corps and in the world of business - sometimes to point to success and at other times to confess to failure on his part to always act like the kind of ideal leader he is advocating for in this book. Campbell's transparency is one of the great strengths of this work.
The organization of the subject matter is logical and helpful. Campbell breaks down effective leadership into its component parts - Mission, Humility, Excellence, Kindness, Discipline, Courage, Wisdom, Virtue. Within each chapter he shares vignettes from the lives of leaders - either as examples to emulate or to avoid. He then offers questions that encourage the reader to engage in personal reflection on t he topic covered in the chapter, and then he caps off the chapter with a succinct summary.
This book is a much-needed addition to the growing stack of books that purport to teach leadership. This author has lived and continues to live what he preaches in the book, which sets it apart from many of the other volumes in this genre.
I recommend this book strongly to anyone who aspires to lead others with integrity and effectiveness. I have been privileged to have known Donovan Campbell since his days as an MBA student at Harvard Business School, from which he graduated with top honors as a Baker Scholar. I have seen him wrestle with both the theory and the execution of the principles outlined in this book. This is not ivory tower theorizing, but real leadership lessons refined in the cauldron of the battlefields of war and of business.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
|The Recycled Orchestra|
My friend, Rick Mavrovich, just made me aware of this remarkable project. In a garbage dump in Paraguay, musical instruments are being fashioned from trash and lives are being reclaimed. The project is described below in the Kickstarter campaign description.
A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.
Landfill Harmonic reveals a mind-boggling, inventive effort to change that - musical instruments made from trash. In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.
About Landfill Harmonic
|Favio Chávez: Director of the “Los Reciclados” orchestra|
Check out the Youtube video that gives an overview of this inspiring project.
Youtube.com - Landfill Harmonic
This link will take you to the Kickstarter site that gives a more complete description of the project and its broader vision. The Kickstarter program has been fully funded, so this link is for information only at this point.
Landfill Harmonic Description
I am sending this article to friends around the world hoping that they may be inspired to use the same ingenuity in their developing world communities.