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Why Your Beliefs Will Eventually Kill You

That’s right, kill you!

Leaders Stand Firm

The below article is the transcript of the actual radio conversation between the British and the Irish off the coast of Kerry in October 1998.

I first read about this leadership article in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

This radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on October 10th, 1998. This radio communication has been referred to in several leadership/personal development articles, books, and talks in reference to the effects of perceptions and beliefs.

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Leaders Are Flexible

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach ~Tom Robbins

This is a great example of the challenges that we as leaders face in everyday life.

In this instance, the British Captain believed that the Irish communication was coming from a ship and was completely unaware that he was on a deadly crash course. Luckily, the communication from the Irish lighthouse watchman was eventually clear enough to support a change in beliefs/perception in the mind of the British Navy Captain.

Just imagine if there was no respectful argument and communications broke down between the two parties before clarity could be achieved?

Much of the British fleet may have been destroyed and many lives may have been lost.

Lighthouse Leadership Moments

The lighthouse served as an enlightening reminder that the only thing constant in life is change. It takes an incredibly courageous leader to accept humility and change his approach rather than sacrifice his mission for sake of “being right”

The ability to be flexible with one’s perception and beliefs is just as important to leadership as the ability to stand firm in one’s beliefs and perceptions.

Once again in comes down to the ability to keep a delicate balance between both flexibility and firm.

Throughout life we will encounter these lighthouse leadership moments in the form of people, places, things, all of which are awesome opportunities grow.

I believe that when the universe throws us these “curve-ball” type experiences that absolutely defy everything we think we know about what we’re doing with a simple purpose of giving us an experience to grow from as well as bringing us back in to balance.

I look forward to these lighthouse leadership moments for more we have, the quicker we have them, the faster we grow and develop as leaders.

Here are a few enlightening lighthouse leadership moments that I wrote about in the past. I hope you find them just as funny as I now do…

How I Lost a Bare-Knuckle Street Fight on Halloween

How I Spent The Last $27 in My Checking Account

Why I Hated Money

Why My Career As A Financial Adviser Was Like Pulling Teeth

When was your last lighthouse leadership moment? What did you learn?

Full Transcript…

IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid a collision.

BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North, to avoid a collision.

IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

IRISH: Negative. I say again, You will have to divert your course.

BRITISH: This is the aircraft carrier HMS Britiannia! The second largest ship in the British Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, I say again, that is 15 degrees North, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

IRISH: We are a lighthouse. Your call.

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LeeSunBrotcg
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really great, I was in surrounded with negative people around now, was really sad people having such mindset ...thanks for sharing this

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@LeeSunBrotcg you're welcome Lee! Sounds like you've made a transformation and surrounded yourself with people who have an abundance mentality, that's awesome! Feel free to subscribe via the leadership survey above and we'll keep in touch.

gregsallin
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Well said Paul. I grew up the same way and it's really hard to get over that conditioning especially since most of the people we associate thing the same way. Gotta break that!


Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@gregsallin I absolutely agree Greg! For those who desire more in life, I love being a causal agent for that change :)

  1. gregsallin says:

    Well said Paul. I grew up the same way and it’s really hard to get over that conditioning especially since most of the people we associate thing the same way. Gotta break that!

  2. Paul K. says:

    gregsallin I absolutely agree Greg! For those who desire more in life, I love being a causal agent for that change :)

  3. LeeSunBrotcg says:

    really great, I was in surrounded with negative people around now, was really sad people having such mindset …thanks for sharing this

  4. Paul K. says:

    LeeSunBrotcg you’re welcome Lee! Sounds like you’ve made a transformation and surrounded yourself with people who have an abundance mentality, that’s awesome! Feel free to subscribe via the leadership survey above and we’ll keep in touch.

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gregsallin
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Wow Paul. That was me! Jumping from one shiny object to the next, searching for the next skill set and still feeling like "there has to be more". Everyday I'm blown away with what you the rest of the team contribute to my success. This article is badass, I had to read it twice! Thanks... you are the man!


uluwehiokaaina
uluwehiokaaina like.author.displayName 1 Like

That was a fully loaded lesson on leadership mindset!  Whoa.  I think I might have to read that one again...  

  1. uluwehiokaaina says:

    That was a fully loaded lesson on leadership mindset!  Whoa.  I think I might have to read that one again…

  2. uluwehiokaaina says:

    That was a fully loaded lesson on leadership mindset!  Whoa.  I think I might have to read that one again…

  3. gregsallin says:

    Wow Paul. That was me! Jumping from one shiny object to the next, searching for the next skill set and still feeling like “there has to be more”. Everyday I’m blown away with what you the rest of the team contribute to my success. This article is badass, I had to read it twice! Thanks… you are the man!

  4. gregsallin says:

    Wow Paul. That was me! Jumping from one shiny object to the next, searching for the next skill set and still feeling like “there has to be more”. Everyday I’m blown away with what you the rest of the team contribute to my success. This article is badass, I had to read it twice! Thanks… you are the man!

  5. Paul Woolley says:

    gregsallin thanks Greg, I appreciate you brother!

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samjohnson2009
samjohnson2009

Can Analyst/Supporter become more promoter/controller ?

anyone changed their personality to be more promoter who was not

mylittleSeacret
mylittleSeacret

Love the info on the promoter personality type- keep getting distracted by all the features on your blog- love it!!

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

Wow, you have some great info about the promoter personality type here Paul. These are things people pay a fortune to learn in conferences!!

skuwaye
skuwaye

I am thinking of who I know that might fit the Promoter Personality Type.....

breydanblog
breydanblog

crucial info on promoter personality type..good stuff wooley!

rkakuda
rkakuda

Great information on how to agree and disagree with a Promotion Personality type!

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@samjohnson2009 Great question Sam. To answer your question, yes. The purpose of the leadership style quiz and follow ups you'll be receiving over the next few weeks is to allow others to be aware of different personality types and how we operate and communicate with ourselves and other human beings. We all have a dominant type that has its strengths and weaknesses, however we are all capable of change and adopting characteristics of any of these types.

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@mylittleSeacret LOL Sara! One of the qualities of a Promoter personality type is that they are incredibly creative, hence also easily distracted by creativity (shiny object syndrome) :)

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@CarmenHappyMe thanks Carmen! I only hope that others will find this information as valuable as I have!

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@skuwaye I can think of several, LOL! Thanks Scot!

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@breydanblog Thanks Breydan! I'm hoping this helps people with selling and helping different people break through their obstacles!

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@rkakuda Thanks Ray! Its a fun to look around and see all the different types surrounding us and then I look at myself and laugh too!

  1. rkakuda says:

    Great information on how to agree and disagree with a Promotion Personality type!

  2. rkakuda says:

    Great information on how to agree and disagree with a Promotion Personality type!

  3. breydanblog says:

    crucial info on promoter personality type..good stuff wooley!

  4. skuwaye says:

    I am thinking of who I know that might fit the Promoter Personality Type…..

  5. skuwaye says:

    I am thinking of who I know that might fit the Promoter Personality Type…..

  6. CarmenHappyMe says:

    Wow, you have some great info about the promoter personality type here Paul. These are things people pay a fortune to learn in conferences!!

  7. mylittleSeacret says:

    Love the info on the promoter personality type- keep getting distracted by all the features on your blog- love it!!

  8. mylittleSeacret says:

    Love the info on the promoter personality type- keep getting distracted by all the features on your blog- love it!!

  9. samjohnson2009 says:

    Can Analyst/Supporter become more promoter/controller ?
    anyone changed their personality to be more promoter who was not

  10. Paul K. says:

    samjohnson2009 Great question Sam. To answer your question, yes. The purpose of the leadership style quiz and follow ups you’ll be receiving over the next few weeks is to allow others to be aware of different personality types and how we operate and communicate with ourselves and other human beings. We all have a dominant type that has its strengths and weaknesses, however we are all capable of change and adopting characteristics of any of these types.

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Vitalis Okoth
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Wow... I think as an avid Arsenal support, I am sold to the club and if I were to lead the club, this would be the strongest type of leadership that I would exhibit in the Four Personality Types that you have discussed.

Also in a relationship, one of the partners could be doing the supporting role, I suppose like being a husband or a dad (as in child birth for example)...

Yes, its not quite linear when it comes to personalities... But there is always an exception, like there is James that supports Arsenal... the guys has tattooed himself Arsenal and  wears, speaks and dreams Arsenal....

  1. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Wow… I think as an avid Arsenal support, I am sold to the club and if I were to lead the club, this would be the strongest type of leadership that I would exhibit in the Four Personality Types that you have discussed.
    Also in a relationship, one of the partners could be doing the supporting role, I suppose like being a husband or a dad (as in child birth for example)…
    Yes, its not quite linear when it comes to personalities… But there is always an exception, like there is James that supports Arsenal… the guys has tattooed himself Arsenal and  wears, speaks and dreams Arsenal….

  2. rkakuda says:

    Your write up on The Four Personality Types is an eye opener and allowed me to take a deeper look into myself and analyze which ones apply to me and those I associate with.

  3. RDC4 says:

    Great post which helped me to take a better look at the different and important points of Personality Types.

  4. CarmenHappyMe says:

    Hmmm. these four personality types are so interesting. Not only in understanding myself but others around me.

  5. skuwaye says:

    I have enjoyed reading and learning about the four personality types.  I am think I know what type I maybe.

  6. breydanblog says:

    interesting post on these four personality types..

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Vitalis Okoth
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Leadership Personality Types

There is always an analyst in a group that would like to follow facts... Like a pilot or a scientist... I experience this in my coaching. Even at an early age, you can see this trend. My wife is a teacher at a kindergarten/nursery school level and its fascinating observing leadership among a group of children. As William Golding writes in his book the Lord of the Flies, “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”  and “If faces were different when lit from above or below -- what was a face? What was anything?” ...

I really like this article Paul, I look forward to more from you....  I think there is analyst in me, when I go shopping for instant, I get overwhelmed with the choices in the supermarket... I end buying far too much in the end or nothing at all...

  1. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Leadership Personality Types
    There is always an analyst in a group that would like to follow facts… Like a pilot or a scientist… I experience this in my coaching. Even at an early age, you can see this trend. My wife is a teacher at a kindergarten/nursery school level and its fascinating observing leadership among a group of children. As William Golding writes in his book the Lord of the Flies, “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”  and “If faces were different when lit from above or below — what was a face? What was anything?” …I really like this article Paul, I look forward to more from you….  I think there is analyst in me, when I go shopping for instant, I get overwhelmed with the choices in the supermarket… I end buying far too much in the end or nothing at all…

    • Paul Woolley says:

      Vitalis Okoth Awesome quotes and awesome interpretation Vitalis! That’s cool that you identified one of your personality types and where it shows up. LOL at getting overwhelmed in the supermarket, I think that happens to many people.

    • Paul Woolley says:

      Vitalis Okoth Awesome quotes and awesome interpretation Vitalis! That’s cool that you identified one of your personality types and where it shows up. LOL at getting overwhelmed in the supermarket, I think that happens to many people.

  2. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    These series are awesome! Personalities amaze me. Thanks for sharing. Excellent post

  3. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Leadership Personality Types is a topic everybody should learn about

  4. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I truly love your series on leadership personality types. very interesting!!

  5. JonathanDavid says:

    Leadership Personality types are a key factor in understanding how to focus your efforts. Great Post and we can all learn from this!

  6. rkakuda says:

    Leadership personality types is such an interesting subject!  I think I am a combination of a couple of them…

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rkakuda
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The 4 Personality Types is such an interesting read!  I am assessing which one(s) I fit best.  Great topic!

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@rkakuda thanks Ray! I'll be posting the last 2 today as well as an assessment on how to figure out what your dominant leadership personality type :)

  1. rkakuda says:

    The 4 Personality Types is such an interesting read!  I am assessing which one(s) I fit best.  Great topic!

  2. skuwaye says:

    Looking forward for the test on the 4 personality types.

  3. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    The 4 Personality Types! in love with the series waiting for the next one! love

  4. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Well written piece on promoters on the 4 Personality Types… People in politics seem to suite this to a T…

  5. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Well written piece on promoters on the 4 Personality Types… People in politics seem to suite this to a T…

  6. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I’ve been checking out these 4 personality types in your series Paul and I think I may have a lot of the promoter… hmmm. interesting.

  7. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I’ve been checking out these 4 personality types in your series Paul and I think I may have a lot of the promoter… hmmm. interesting.

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AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz

Leadership Personality Types is something that fascinates me. The power of possibilities and choices! I wonder is personalities are dynamic, or static.

Bionic
Bionic

knowing which personality you are talking to gives you the upper hadn in any negotiation.. great job on explaining the leadership personality types, Paul

skuwaye
skuwaye

Leadership personality types are unique to an individual.  I want to know the other 3 besides Controller.

Vitalis Okoth
Vitalis Okoth

Each human being has their niche that they can lead, it just depends on their  style with a range of 4 Leadership Personality Types...

CarmenHappyMe
CarmenHappyMe

I am learning about the leadership personality types through a speaking engagement that I have agreed to participate in. This is very interesting, looking forward to reading your whole series!

rkakuda
rkakuda

As a leader it is important to understand the different leadership personality types.  Thanks for posting!

  1. rkakuda says:

    As a leader it is important to understand the different leadership personality types.  Thanks for posting!

  2. rkakuda says:

    As a leader it is important to understand the different leadership personality types.  Thanks for posting!

  3. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I am learning about the leadership personality types through a speaking engagement that I have agreed to participate in. This is very interesting, looking forward to reading your whole series!

  4. CarmenHappyMe says:

    I am learning about the leadership personality types through a speaking engagement that I have agreed to participate in. This is very interesting, looking forward to reading your whole series!

  5. Vitalis Okoth says:

    Each human being has their niche that they can lead, it just depends on their  style with a range of 4 Leadership Personality Types…

  6. skuwaye says:

    Leadership personality types are unique to an individual.  I want to know the other 3 besides Controller.

  7. EricEtka says:

    knowing which personality you are talking to gives you the upper hadn in any negotiation.. great job on explaining the leadership personality types, Paul

  8. EricEtka says:

    knowing which personality you are talking to gives you the upper hadn in any negotiation.. great job on explaining the leadership personality types, Paul

  9. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Leadership Personality Types is something that fascinates me. The power of possibilities and choices! I wonder is personalities are dynamic, or static.

  10. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Leadership Personality Types is something that fascinates me. The power of possibilities and choices! I wonder is personalities are dynamic, or static.

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AintDoneYetYoBz
AintDoneYetYoBz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Personal Responsibility! Affirmations become the next fact if you believe! You are talented brother!

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@AintDoneYetYoBz  thanks! This personal responsibility poem is def one of my favorites :)

rkakuda
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I love the poem on Personal Responsibility!  Time to rise up and take personal responsibility more seriously. 

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@rkakuda I definitely agree with that one, time to rise up!

CarmenHappyMe
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cool way of taking about something that really serious... Personal responsibility is a to be taken seriously. Often taken for granted, that's why leaders stand out.

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@CarmenHappyMe so true that often personal responsibility is taken for granted, however this poem serves as a great reminder.

breydanblog
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True dat!! personal responsibilty is in every GREAT LEADER! damn i think i might need to make me one of these Personal Responsibility poems to...

Paul K.
Paul K. moderator

@breydanblog yup Breydan looking closely, personal responsibility is definitely a strong characteristic of many great leaders!

  1. breydanblog says:

    True dat!! personal responsibilty is in every GREAT LEADER! damn i think i might need to make me one of these Personal Responsibility poems to…

  2. CarmenHappyMe says:

    cool way of taking about something that really serious… Personal responsibility is a to be taken seriously. Often taken for granted, that’s why leaders stand out.

  3. rkakuda says:

    I love the poem on Personal Responsibility!  Time to rise up and take personal responsibility more seriously.

  4. AintDoneYetYoBz says:

    Personal Responsibility! Affirmations become the next fact if you believe! You are talented brother!