I ran across this diagram recently about a survey of people’s perceptions on the most ethical professions. I was especially interested, obviously, in my own profession. At least we aren’t at the bottom, but we’ve certainly lost ground in recent years.
Tell me what you think:
What do you think is today’s most “ethical” profession?
Can we use labels such as this for any profession these days?
What makes a whole profession “ethical”?
In a “less ethical profession, do you know people who are “ethical”?
Is my profession, listed here as clergy, getting better or worse in its perception?
How does your profession rank? Is it a fair assessment?
What makes a profession ethical or not? Is it more perception…or more reality?
What say you?
I guess I’m slightly skeptical of labels, but I’ve seen these type studies before, so examine the diagram then give me your thoughts.
As I type this, I’m preparing for the Butler vs. UConn game. My bracket was blown a long time ago. I didn’t pick Butler to be at this point. I don’t even know if they can pull off a win, but I know this….
I ALWAYS LOVE TO PULL FOR THE UNDERDOG!
If you tell me I can’t, I’m more determined to prove you wrong. If you say there is no way a team can win…that’s my team. Tonight, there’s no doubt who I’m pulling for…Butler all the way!
Plus, I love the energy a game like this brings to a team and the community (and I love a young coach with confidence, calmness under pressure, and character.) Watch this quick video for an example of the energy Butler is bringing to Indianapolis:
It’s been a while since I made a genuine “mixed tape” for Cheryl. I frequently make CD’s for her to listen to in her car, but it’s mostly with the latest Christian music. I’m thinking she needs another true “mixed tape”. You know…the mushy kind…with all the romantic love songs.
What songs should I include?
Honestly, I’m asking more because we both like songs about love, commitment, marriage…Whether country, Christian, slow rock or jazz…there are some times we just love the romantic tunes…(Please don’t tell the guys I work with!)
So, seriously, whether I make a mixed tape or not, what is your favorite love song?
If YOU were making a mixed tape, (have you ever made one?) what songs would be on it?
Do you and your special one have a “song”? What is it?
I had an awesome opportunity to speak to the ROTC Leadership Program at the University of Kentucky this week. As a proud supporter of our military, and loving to invest in young leaders, this was a real honor.
As I waited outside one of the classes, I saw the posters in this picture on the wall. When I inquired about them, I was told these are the Army’s Warrior Ethos, which are “guiding principles of our profession” according to my Lieutenant Colonel host.
If you can’t read them, they are:
I will always place the mission first
I will never accept defeat
I will never quit
I will never leave a fallen comrade
Another banner asked: Are you Army strong?
I couldn’t help but wonder: Could these work for a church also?
What do you think?Should we adopt an Army Warrior Ethos?
What other similarities are there between the military and being a believer?
I saw a news report on this recently. I laughed. No pun intended.
There are clubs like this around the world. Laughing yoga has become somewhat of an institution. In fact, there’s an International Laughing Yoga association. See it HERE. Go to YouTube and you’ll see all kinds of reports on laughing yoga.
Here’s an excerpt CNN did recently:
What do you think?
Do you buy into the benefits of “fake” laughter?
BTW, I’m thinking we may try this at our next staff meeting. We are laughing anyway…may as well call it something! Ha! In fact…Ha! Ha! Ha!
Tonight, regardless of your support or lack of support for the President or the situation we currently face in Libya, our President looked like a president. He was strong in speech, decisive, and took personal responsibility for our country’s actions in Libya.
The line which struck me was, “When our interests and our values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act...” and, “(to not act) would be a betrayal to who we are” and “a failure to act in Libya would carry a far greater cost for America” and “there will be times when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are“.
It seems I’ve heard similar lines before in other occasions. I believe I recall days when this same president, prior to serving as president, was critical of similar actions by another president.
I’m not trying to be political…I’m a supporter of the office of presidency…regardless of who serves in that office. I’m not commenting on this activity in Libya directly, but I do think it’s a fitting reminder than when one sits in the seat of leadership, the view is different from when you are simply eyeing the seat and hoping for an opportunity to someday sit there.
I think this is true of other positions of leadership.
Pastoring a church may look “easy”…until you have to do it…
Being a parent may seem to come natural…until you have to do it…
Leading in a business may at times appear to be common sense…until you have to do it…
The view changes when you actually sit in the chair of leadership.