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After several months in the Norwegian wilderness, I returned to corporate life with a healthy distaste for going through the motions. I exchanged aimless meandering in the wilderness of mind-numbing corporate requirements with strategic intentionality through strategy on one page, my Strategic Pyramid.
The effectiveness of the Strategic Pyramid quickly moved me up the corporate ladder, but success in the marketplace created a personal crisis. A daunting question plagued me: If the marketplace is worthy of strategic effort, isn’t my life?
A remote cabin in Norway was the trailhead of my Truventure. The Norwegian wilderness afforded solitude with my Confidant to discuss questions like, How do I make my life count? With only the wilderness to distract me, I indulged extravagant time to ask What are my priorities? Delving into such questions and living out the answers with my True Quest became my true adventure.
Effective communication involves exchanging ideas, thoughts, and feelings. When communicating with others, picture yourself building a bridge that connects the idea that you want to convey from you to the other party.
Before building a physical bridge across a river, it is imperative to identify where the bridge will connect on the banks of the river. The same concept applies when building communication bridges. You must identify where to connect with the other individual involved in the communication exchange.
The Old Testament story of Nabal and Abigail is a classic case of one person’s poor leadership followed by the wise leadership of another. In 1 Samuel 25, we read that David and his men had been with the shepherds guarding Nabal’s sheep. David’s men had respected, guarded, and protected the shepherds throughout the stay alongside their fields. When David sent a few of his men to greet Nabal and request his favor, Nabal responded with insults and arrogance. Nabal’s foolish response to David’s request triggered David and his men to gird their swords for an attack on Nabal and his household.
When Nabal’s wife, Abigail, heard the news of the impending attack, she sprung into action. We can learn at least four lessons from her response . . .