What is your Master?

“Diogenes was knee deep in a stream washing vegetables. Coming up to him Plato said, ‘My good Diogenes, if you knew how to pay court to kings, you wouldn’t have to wash vegetables.’ ‘And,’ replied Diogenes, ‘If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn’t have to pay court to kings.’”

ImagesI laugh as I heard this simple story. Even in ancient times, the acquisition of material possessions and the trappings of power was deemed more important than anything else. Yet the eternal wisdom comes forth when we stop grabbing at what never truly satisfies us and we allow the nature of things to be our true guide.

After many years of working with large and small companies, I am again reminded of what is important. It is not the next meeting that I will attend to get the contract completed or the customer deal. It is not the late night flight I must catch to be at the early morning meeting. It is the time I spend watching my small child learn to walk. It is the sunrise on the morning after the storm that reminds me of true power. It is the smile of my beloved that lingers long after she has departed.


Remembering what is truly important allows me to let go of attachment to accomplishments and let the broken promises only be gentle lessons rather than terrible devastations.

I am grateful for all the teachers who provide me with opportunities to learn.

Until later,

Thomas

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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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