I enjoy reading several books at once. I let my internal feeling guide me to which one should I pick at specific moments. A biography is ongoing must. I enjoyed learning from great minds and accomplishers both alive and dead, national and international. The great source of learning is universal, it has no boundary, no time constraint.
And for these days, I’m all in Napoleon Bonaparte’s life. I’m reading Vincent Cronin’s Napoleon Bonaparte, an intimate biography.
I just re-read for a second time Florence Littaeur’s Personality Plus, how to understand others by understanding yourself. And I’m halfway Orrin Woodward’s And Justice for All, a quest for concord. An amazing book for which New York Times best selling author Orrin Woodward holds the Guinness book record having signed on one spot more than 6000 books last June in Columbus, Ohio.
I am blessed to be part of The Life Leadership compensated community led by Orrin Woodward, and I am glad to have been in his book signing moment which is part of history.
I’m studying Woodward’s Leadershift Five Laws of Decline (FLD), Six Duties of Society (SDS), and Pendulum of Power (PP) theory, and to apply them to my native country Haiti. This will lead to my new book. How to have a turnaround, a180 degrees shift in Haiti, by understanding the FLD, and by applying the SDS.
My studies start with history. The more I read history the more I understand we don’t learn from history. Philosopher George Santayana is known for his famous saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
Haiti’s story is not inspiring. The elite’s greed, the masses’ ignorance and the middle class’ s neglect give control to state power and atrophy our social power. Our state is totally dependent and most of the time a parasite. We choose plunder over responsibility of creative work. We have become a society addicted to various kinds of plunder.
Government spending consistently increases. As long as our system encourages various types of plunder rather than making work the easiest way to succeed, we’ll continue to decline.
In their New York Times best selling book LeaderShift, co-authors Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille call for American Social Power to finally stand up and lead.
The leadership revolution should also be a call for Haitians to finally stand up and stop the decline in our Society, and lead our turnaround to a complete 180 degrees shift.
Woodward and DeMille said it best: ¨We need a nation of citizens who are leaders” to get out of the “coma of complacency”.
Woodward coined his first law of decline as Sturgeon law (For specifics read Leadershift). This concept is crucial in helping Haiti turn around. 90% of the alleged leaders are producing cruddy results. Understanding Sturgeon’s law helps us study the leadership teams honestly and not be fooled by the endless talking with no results. “When all is said and done, much more is said than ever done.The 10% percent walk while while the 90% talk”, Woodward & DeMille said in their Leadershift book.
One of our first tasks in Haiti’s turnaround is to develop a scoreboard that helps separate the 10% from the 90%. Who are the 10%? And how can we find them? “Only hard-core results reveal the truth”, Woodward said.
As stated in the Leadershift book “10% of the people are going to lead the nation and take it in whatever direction they end up choosing. So we’ve got to find a way to get the right 10% of the population leading our nation.”
As I said, my studies start with history. reading Napoleon’s biography helps me better understand what the haitian founders had to face to frame their freedom revolution and start a nation. This nation is in decline and we need a new revolution. This will be the leadership revolution.