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Wisdom in Action

Christopher Witt —  June 12, 2012

What we need now, more than ever, are leaders—in politics, business, nonprofits, and religious communities—who are prudent.

Prudence is an old-fashioned word. You don’t hear it often these days, but the need for it couldn’t be timelier.

Prudence is, according to classical Greek philosophers, “wisdom in action.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “wisdom in handling practical matters; good judgment or common sense.” As synonyms, it lists “discretion, foresight, forethought, and circumspection.”

Leaders need prudence if they are to lead well. And speakers need it too.

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Christopher Witt —  May 22, 2012

trustworthy speakerChris Brogan wrote a great post (here), titled “Why Trust Agents Did So Well.” It’s well worth reading.

As usual Chris addresses a lot of interesting ideas, but I’m only going to focus on one. And I’m going to give it my own spin. (So don’t hold Chris responsible for what’s about to follow.)

In an era when information is both plentiful (there’s so much available that it’s overwhelming) and alluring (look at all we can do with it! look at all the money we can make off it!), what matters most is trust.

Which got me to thinking…there’s a difference between being trustworthy and being trusted. It would be nice to think that the two always went together, but sadly that’s not the case. Some people are trustworthy, but not trusted. They deserve people’s attention and respect, but they’re ignored or discounted. Others are untrustworthy (to the point of being unscrupulous), yet trusted. (The names of several politicians come to mind, but I won’t got there.) The difference between the two–being trustworthy and being trusted–is worth a post all its own. In today’s post I’m just going to focus on what makes a person trustworthy.

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