The Brass Ring

The Brass Ring

Trying to look good

Time sure flies by fast. I am in Middle School now and going for the brass ring at the fair. It took a great deal longer to get to the carousel. If you have been to a fair when you were in Middle School you probably remember what it was like. Remember all the games; “toss the brass ring at some bottles,” “throw the darts at the balloons,” and the list goes on. The game I hated most was the one with a big long-handled mallet used to hit a piece of rubber tire placed on a heavy board set on a pivot so the harder you hit the spot the higher it would send a little metal disk up the slide. The game was about looking good or at least trying to look good. Of course, all the way up the slide were personal manliness descriptions like (starting from the top and working down) Superman (if you rang the bell), Strong Guy (if you were just a little short), Athletic (if you were in the middle) and Wimp (if you were low on the slide). Of course any Middle School boy’s greatest fear is to be a wimp in front of his buddies and especially the girls. But, for me, the ultimate challenge was the “brass ring at the carousel.”carousel horse

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The Brass Ring

The Chaotic Carousel

The Chaotic Carousel

Our Steady Ol’ Red

It has been a whole year since I first went to the fair and rode the rides – even the chaotic carousel. Since we lived near a small town out in the county, everyone went to the fair and it was all most people talked about. Of course, all my fearless leader brother could talk about was the rides, but I was glad when Dad said we had to visit some other displays and activities like the farm animals and the place where they had all the homemade food with ribbons for those who cooked the best. Actually, I liked the farm animals. All we had on our farm was a horse – our steady Ol’ Red, a bunch of cows, calves, a bull, some chickens, a couple of cats and Amigo, our collie dog. At the fair they had sheep, some real strange looking chickens, pigs, all kinds of horses, even some little tiny ones my size and some of the little animals were babies so you could pet them. It was fun.

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The Chaotic Carousel

My Fearless Leader

My Fearless Leader

First ride on a carousel –

It was fair time and for us kids it meant exciting rides. My older brother was my fearless leader and since he could hardly contain himself, I was excited. There was the little boat ride that actually floated in a ring of water and you could ride it and wave at everybody. Then there was the little cars that went round and round and no matter how much you turned the steering wheel, the car went in the same direction – round and round. I remember the little pony rides where the ponies’ heads were fastened to a bar and it led them round and round. They looked like they were sleeping while they were walking. My brother liked them all, even the Carousel. For me, that was the scary one. Fortunately, my older brother was always there as my fearless leader.

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Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and Innovation

The Leadership Dynamics: author – Emmanuel Agbor

“This paper explores the important role of leadership in the creativity and innovation process of organizations. It argues that while culture, strategy, technology, and other management tools are important in generating effectiveness in the 21st century, creativity and innovation are what drive organizational success in many sectors. However, for creativity to take place, leaders must actively implement strategies that encourage it. Therefore, leadership is the catalyst and source of organizational creativity and innovation. In essence, for organizations to be able to achieve constant innovation, leaders must establish an environment conducive to renewal and build organizational culture that encourages creativity and innovation. Organizational creativity also depends on how leaders encourage and manage diversity in the organization, as well as develop an effective leadership structure that sustains the innovation process.”

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A Dream

A Dream

A dream that began Spirit Driven Leadership

    Did you ever have a dream that took many years to start happening? Well, I’ve had several. The dream that began this ministry surfaced about 10 years ago when I had the opportunity to meet and assist a young man by the name of Charles Buregeya.

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