Who teaches us this?

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Who teaches us this?

Theory is meaningless without action.

Knowlege isn’t power.

Knowledge is only the seed of power.

Power comes from action.

Taking risks is risky. So is playing it safe.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I remember many years ago I had a boss that sat with me in his office, having a discussion about my potential for future leadership with the company. He asked me what I saw in possible leaders in our office, and I said, “I don’t. They may be knowledgeable and have years of experience, but they lack a desire to reach for the vision or lead others to it. They only care about themselves.” He leaned over to me and said, “But with this company and in this office, knowledge is power.” I smiled and said, “No, it’s not. The withholding of knowledge is power here.” He looked confused, and I said, “Power isn’t how you share and lead here – it is how much you know that you don’t share with others. That may make you indispensable in this office because you are the keeper of the knowledge, but no one will ever follow you. You will simply be a subject matter expert, but never a leader. A leader doesn’t lead with fists closed, but with hands open.”

    He smiled and said, “Good point.” But he was right – in that company, knowledge was viewed as leadership. And instead of the company taking risks and growing, it became more and more in-grown. Interestingly, the Roman Empire did a similar thing, and collapsed from within.


  2. Bob, great story. Loved your courage to speak your mind. What you describe is what the (business) Herd does because it’s the Herd.

    The Movement on the other had, seeks doing the right thing for the right reasons. Work that makes a difference. Work that matters. Work that is often scary because it flies in the face of conformity and average.

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