Articles and Comments - Leaders and Leadership

Compilation of articles and courses on leadership: how leaders arise, natural leaders, how to learn to lead, educating leaders, etc.

Survival, Evolution and Effectiveness of Dynasties: The House of David - In order to maintain a position of leadership a dynasty can be created; those dynasties that are successful can survive for hundreds or even thousands of years. But in order to achieve that it is necessary to think in very long terms, something that ambitious leaders are rarely able to do since they are essentially selfish.

François de Schoenenberg, Marquis de Brabant - Gottheil describes extensively the life of one of the members of the Schoenberg Ha Cohen family, dedicating to him a significant part of his book on the familiar history; that was François de Schoenenberg.

François de Schoenenberg and the Intrigues of Louis XIV - Despite his success as a diplomat and his appointment as representative in Madrid, François de Schoenenberg soon ran into trouble and the events surrounding the issue became the matter of a major international diplomatic conflict that lasted five years.

François de Schoenenberg, the Ambassador Plenipotentiary - Soon after the international crisis caused by the arrest of Schoenenberg's secretary in Spain was finished, king Louis XIV of France began pressing the Spanish monarch to remove the representative of the British and Dutch.

The Eight Galleons - As any good faktor of his time, François de Schoenenberg not only acted as a diplomat, but also as an arms dealer; according to documents written by king Louis XIV and de Blecourt, his agent in Madrid, Schoenenberg at one point assisted Spain in purchasing eight warships with about 55 cannons each.

The Age of Discovery and its Financiers - Starting in the XV century, the age of discovery was a period of extensive European exploration of the world that included Columbus' trip to America, the feats of Vasco da Gama, Cabral and many others, but someone had to pay for the whole thing, and – perhaps you guessed – there were Jewish financiers backing it all up.

Albert Ballin - Albert Ballin (1857-1918) was a Jewish German businessman who became director of the HAPAG company and invented the concept of the cruise ship.

Ancestors of the Skowronek Family in Portuguese Naval Expeditions - Sailing in caravels, carracks and galleons, some ancestors of the Skowronek family belonging to the Schoenberg (Sampayo – Belmonte) branch living in Portugal in the XV and XVI centuries took part in the expeditions that opened the sea trade between Europe and Asia.

The Mother of All Mistakes - During the last years of the XV century and the first of the XVI, Spain and Portugal expelled the Jews that wouldn't convert to Christianity, losing quite a fraction of the educated, wealthy people of their countries and precluding the advent of the industrial age two centuries later; it wasn't a coincidence that at the same time began the rule of the Inquisition, which lasted until the XIX century and massacred thousands of innocents, censored ideas and persecuted dissidents, people with different religious beliefs and free thinkers.

The Easter Massacre - The plague has been ravaging the city of Lisbon since January, it was Easter, 1506 and people blamed the Jews for it; some survived hiding in the homes of people who offered help to them or by fleeing the city, but after two days, more than two thousand men, women and children, and even their pets, have been murdered, including João Rodrigues Mascarenhas, the uncle of Maria Andrea Mascarenhas, my 13th great grandmother.

The Real Jud Süss - The Nazi propaganda film Jud Süss was loosely based on the real life story of the life of Joseph Süss Oppenheimer; a masterpiece of hatred brainwash anti – Semitic pseudo art.

Bashing the Villa - It was 1974 and my parents had just bought a villa near Buenos Aires; it is called Villa Julia, and it was constructed in 1870, but then it was in a need for restoration and the kids of the family just knew that we could be a little naughty and behave like a little horde in there.

Our Conspiracy? Are You Sure or Just Being a Moron? - Has anyone ever proved that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an authentic document using research-standard, scientific method techniques? Certainly not, and on the contrary, there is enough evidence to condemn that publication as a fake, a forgery much like the man of Piltdown, the Hitler Diaries and other esoteric, pseudo-scientific stuff; however, that pamphlet has altered the lives of millions and influenced the business of our family.

The Curse of the Lancasters - Women of three generations of the family perished because of the plague: Isabel of Beaumont, Blanche of Lancaster and Philippa of Lancaster, queen consort of Portugal.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Us - Conspiracy theories are laughable per se, but when they pertain your own family, they are proportionally more amazing.

Dom Lopo Vaz de Sampaio, Knight, Explorer, and Governor of India - The father of Dom Iago de Sampaio y Belmonte dedicated his life to maritime exploration and trade between Portugal and the Far East during the XV and XVI centuries.

Saul, King for a Day - Saul was one of the sons of Samuel Judah Katzenellenbogen, the Rabbi who helped Prince Mikolaj Radziwill return to Poland from Italy after all his belongings were stolen; Saul was also elected king for one day.

And Sea Monsters Exist, After All - Ancient maps and naval charts depict monsters like giant fish and squids eating whole ships; those images have been long considered purse superstition, but the discovery of actual giant squids in recent years prove that beyond tales there are frequently some basis of truth so, there might be a lesson here: Not because something sounds far-fetched it is necessarily false.

Henry the Navigator - Dom Henrique de Avis was born on March 4, 1394; until his death on November 30, 1460 he achieved many things of importance for the history of mankind; he was a Prince and an explorer, and he is still remembered as Henry the Navigator.

Samuel Oppenheimer, the Oberfaktor - amuel Oppenheimer was a German Jew who amassed one of the biggest fortunes of all times; he acted as court banker, diplomat, arms trader, patron of the arts and collector.

Evolution or revolution? - Disadvantages of revolutions within the framework of leadership.

Cliché: Who Said That Life Is Fair? - Asking oneself argumentatively whether anyone said that life should be just or fair is a way to admit defeat without consideration to the proven fact that any situation, no matter how dire it might seem, can be turned around.

Cliché: Don't Tell Me How To Live My Life - We have to teach if we are asked to, but we are always more fortunate whenever we can learn from others; so, to think that one cannot learn from others is to condemn oneself to disgrace.

Different Cultures - Travellers should always take extra care in respecting the culture and habits of places they visit, even if they consider that their way of life is better or in the worst case, superior.

Józef Skowronek - Józef Skowronek (1884 - 1940) was a very successful banker killed by the Soviet NKVD as part of the Katyn - Lvov mass murders.

The Importance of Gratitude in Cultural Exchange Programs - In life we all become either good examples or good warnings for others to see; thus, if we make mistakes we must amend them, always.

Dimitri and Dimitri, the Survivalist Counterfeiters - Usually, saying that your father and grandfather were counterfeiters would not be a wise idea, but if they were PhD – level counterfeiters, and the job was a matter of survival, the tale becomes interesting.

An Objection To Those Who Object - Whenever something like our Motoco stone maze is revealed, the world is never short of those that begin criticising and to whom only one thing should be objected for the sake of brevity: Their uselessness.

The Story Of Captain Tarapow And His Icebreaker - April 2007: A fire develops on board the A.R.A. Almirante Irizar, a massive ship and the only icebreaker in the southern hemisphere; everyone abandons the vessel, except the captain; the ships seems to hang on, as well as the captain.

The Pilot (I) - The pilot is the most important component of an aircraft, so to speak; thus, in any description about the flight of an airplane what is a pilot is a question that must be answered before anything else.

Aristocrats Or Commoners - In life we have a very simple choice to make.

Cliché: We Are Too Different - This argument is used to justify all sorts of misunderstandings and irreducible differences; it is very important to refute it because in any sort of leadership process, the true reasons for the decisions take should always be left completely clear.

Cliché: Nothing Will Happen To Me - This cliché is particularly common among lovers of extreme sports and other risky activities; these individuals generally fall prey of their reckless self-confidence and, of course, end up badly bruised.

Managers and leaders are not the same - There are lots and lots of blogs, books, magazines and people who assume that a leader and a manager are the same thing, but they are not.

Clichés: Enemies Of Thought - Using common phrases and words to describe or pretend to understand facts may derive into a loss of touch with reality.

Survival and continuity of dynasties - Survival is not just a concept applicable to maintaining life with the bare minimums; in some cases it can represent the bet on the continuation of political dynasties and leadership.

The Bet of Meir ben Barukh Rothenburg Against Himself - Meir ben Barukh Rothenburg was born in 1215 in Germany and died in 1293; he was a rabbi, a poet and a philosopher at a time in which most people were illiterate in Europe. Thanks to the brutes around him he had to bet against himself for the sake and survival of his family and his people.

Don't Forget Your Gear In Baltistan: Reasons To Create Group Habits - If you are travelling with a couple of friend in Baltistan and suddenly find out that you forgot to take with you some important piece of your equipment, what could you do?

utdoor Tips - Learning To Survive And Lead Based On First Experiences - It is often said that the first move of a chess match determines the rest o the game; it may be an exaggeration but indeed, what takes place first usually has consequences, especially within systems in which one thing occurs as a consequence of another. In the realm of real life this means that what you do when confronting a new experience determines not only whether you will survive it or not, but if you will be able to use it in the future to lead.

Cliché: Who Said That Life Is Fair? - Asking oneself argumentatively whether anyone said that life should be just or fair is a way to admit defeat without consideration to the proven fact that any situation, no matter how dire it might seem, can be turned around.

Cliché: Don't Tell Me How To Live My Life - We have to teach if we are asked to, but we are always more fortunate whenever we can learn from others; so, to think that one cannot learn from others is to condemn oneself to disgrace.

Different Cultures - Travellers should always take extra care in respecting the culture and habits of places they visit, even if they consider that their way of life is better or in the worst case, superior.

The Importance of Gratitude in Cultural Exchange Programs - In life we all become either good examples or good warnings for others to see; thus, if we make mistakes we must amend them, always.

An Objection To Those Who Object - Whenever something like our Motoco stone maze is revealed, the world is never short of those that begin criticising and to whom only one thing should be objected for the sake of brevity: Their uselessness.

The Story Of Captain Tarapow And His Icebreaker - April 2007: A fire develops on board the A.R.A. Almirante Irizar, a massive ship and the only icebreaker in the southern hemisphere; everyone abandons the vessel, except the captain; the ships seems to hang on, as well as the captain.

The Pilot (I) - The pilot is the most important component of an aircraft, so to speak; thus, in any description about the flight of an airplane what is a pilot is a question that must be answered before anything else.

Aristocrats Or Commoners - In life we have a very simple choice to make.

Cliché: We Are Too Different - This argument is used to justify all sorts of misunderstandings and irreducible differences; it is very important to refute it because in any sort of leadership process, the true reasons for the decisions take should always be left completely clear.

Cliché: Nothing Will Happen To Me - This cliché is particularly common among lovers of extreme sports and other risky activities; these individuals generally fall prey of their reckless self-confidence and, of course, end up badly bruised.

Great Idea!... But I am Afraid of It?! - Whenever we think about something great to do then we also feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of our ideas and we ask ourselves how did we get into this? What are going to do? How do we start?

Situations in Which Laws Become Worthless - Law and order should be maintained even during emergencies of any kind, but those in charge of doing so should also understand reasonably that human nature has indeed some limits, especially when and where there is an exacerbated survival instinct.

The Entrepreneur Leader (I) - description of the characteristics required to lead an organisation during its formation phase.

Leaders of Expansion (I) - An overview of the characteristics that a leader needs in order to be successful during the expansion phase of the group under his or her command.

Leaders of Contraction (I) - An overview of the characterisitcs required to lead reenginering and downsizing processes.

The Right Team, The Right Stuff - Choosing the right team to perform any task is a long, often tedious and hard thing to do but the difference between preparation and lack of it is perhaps more evident than anywhere else within a company, army or group of any kind.

Don't Forget Your Gear In Baltistan: Reasons To Create Group Habits - If you are travelling with a couple of friend in Baltistan and suddenly find out that you forgot to take with you some important piece of your equipment, what could you do?

Outdoor Tips - Learning To Survive And Lead Based On First Experiences - It is often said that the first move of a chess match determines the rest o the game; it may be an exaggeration but indeed, what takes place first usually has consequences, especially within systems in which one thing occurs as a consequence of another. In the realm of real life this means that what you do when confronting a new experience determines not only whether you will survive it or not, but if you will be able to use it in the future to lead.

Why should we accept self-criticism as part of our lives? - If we want to lead in any field and if we want our society to function properly, it is essential that we know how to correct our mistakes.

Origin and Development of Games - There are three different kinds of environmental conditions in which games usually develop significantly, and all of them have a lot to do with desperation and the need to spend time trying to keep the mind busy while the body attempts to survive; the importance of understanding games within the framework of ledership should not be underestimated.

Gudea, Rest In Peace, For You Are Still Remembered - King Gudea was a ruler and high priest of Lagash, an ancient Sumerian city, around the year 2.400 B.C. and he was obsessed with having good public relations; his methods worked, for he is still remembered by thousands of tourists who visit many significant museums, including the Louvre, not to mention historians and archaeologists.

Sincerity In Distress: The Things That Crises Show - The recent events regarding this apparently new form of flu called swine fever, as well as what happened during the much-hyped war against terrorism left societies naked in hypocrisy.

The End Of Fiscal Paradises? Rather Not... - During the recent G-20 summit in London, the countries with the biggest economies in the planet agreed to increase political pressure over fiscal paradises in order to fetch more information on the people and corporations that have deposited money there.

The Gamble of Conquest, a Gamble of Leaders - Speaking of adventure and adrenaline is what we do, and it is in this context where and when we can make some comments about gambling and betting everything you have; because history can show us a few examples of what that means, and not just for the purse.

Keeping a Group Together When a Newcomer Arrives - Expeditionary groups should always function as a team, and the job of their leaders is to make sure that they do; newcomers usually bring new ideas an additional capabilities to established teams, but not without problems.

The Skowronek Bankers - Skowronek means 'Skylark' in Polish. It is a surname, still in use today in the country, but before WWII there was a Skowronek family that was unlike others: They were Jewish bankers with a Davidic tradition.

How to educate natural leaders (I) - A method to identify and educate natural leaders within an organisational framework.

A hidden way to online profits (I) - If you are an online entrepreneur you are likely waiting for profits and know how hard it can be sometimes to achieve just one sale. However, you may not be acquainted with the fact that your website might already represent a nice value despite everything else.

10 Rules to respect while working independently (I) - If you are an independent worker, you should better learn how to deal with yourself.

An explanation of the failure of many internet ventures (I) - After a spectacular beginning, many Internet companies finally faltered. Many independent web marketers lost many, and suddenly everyone found that the brave new world of the information superhighway seemed no to be anymore. Why?

The Lies That Saved A Judge (I) - Fear or rejection can be very painful.

People and leaders (I) - How the development of leadership skills can help you advance in your career or your business.

The man who became a King (I) - Many people ignore the fact that during the second part of the nineteenth century, a kingdom was born in the Araucania region of Chile, and later expanded to the Argentinean Patagonia.

Authority and Power (I) - Ethics is a complex phenomenon that includes rules, procedures, and experiences. Ethics emerge from our values that indicate to us if something is right or wrong about human behavior.

Ethics: Doing Correct Things or Doing Things Correctly - Ethics is a complex phenomenon that includes rules, procedures, and experiences. Ethics emerge from our values that indicate to us if something is right or wrong about human behavior.

The History Of An Aristocrat's Game: Baccarat - Even the Church went into the gambling business for a while, as people preferred to throw dice and use cards instead of going to mass, and little by little certain games evolved and began to take shape, and one of those was an Italian game that we today know as Baccarat.

Paid Surveys - Several years ago I was injured in an on the job accident and had to collect disability, I noticed all of the hype about paid surveys while searching for a way to supplement my meager income online...

Comments On Political And Religious Fanaticism - No one can say whether one religion is better or more rightful than any other: but even considering this, which is pretty rational, there are individuals that can thing wrongly about religion and induce intolerant attitudes.

The Faces Of Religion - A few days ago I was doing some zapping with my TV set and had the opportunity to watch in two different channels at the same time two revealing interviews that portrayed very well the perceived images that Islam and Christianity enjoy or suffer at this moment.

The Successful Jungle Factory - The production of clandestine weaponry in the so-called 'jungle factories' - but indeed, it is not mandatory that such factories actually be in the jungle or any other particular environment - is a characteristic of mature guerrilla or irregular forces fighting in a long-term conflict. The appearance of such miniature industrial plants is also typical among well-organised resistance forces in invaded territories, and de facto autonomous regions.

Leaving adventurers on their own: A lack of leadership? - From time to time we hear about accidents that take place out in the wild, in which someone gets lost, hurt or while his companions continue about their journey, leaving the person in need alone. Why does it happen?

Groups and Organisations - Assorted articles related to human groups and organizations, as much commercial (companies or corporations) like without profit aims (associations or foundations).

About Leaders, Casinos and American Football - One of the things that any leader should avoid is the belief that problems would turn to solve themselves automatically; this 'Casino Mentality' puts any organisation at the mercy of fortune and this makes impossible any sensible planning.

Comments on Antoine I, King of Patagonia. - Did you know that Patagonia actually had a King? He was no madman, no dreamer, but a true King.

Leadership and the wilderness - A brief reflection on leadership and the wilderness.

Kinds of leadership - An analysis of the various kinds of leadership required to manage organisations during their various evolutionary stages.

What it takes to become a leader - Thoughts about the characteristics of leaders under different evolutionary stages within corporations and organisations.

A brief reflection on being a manager - Something to think about what it takes to become a real leader instead of an administrator with glorified undertones.

A brief reflection on the purpose of leadership - Something to think about the real purpose and nature of leadership.

A brief reflection on getting recognition - Something to think about how to get recognition by others.

A brief reflection on leadership training - Something to think about leadership training.

Sparking Vocations - Don´t want to see people fail? Want to fight poverty? Then don´t feed it but dedicate yourself to opening minds; show children how to fly, sail in a boat or climb a mountain.

Nine Ways To Get The Most Out Of Living Your Life Purpose - You have finally clarified what your life is about. Now what?

Takers For Granted - Are you a taker? Do you take things for granted?

Leadership courses - The various leadership courses available (basic, intermediate, advanced and superior leadership courses) thorough Andinia.com and The Gea Org.

The Gea Org - Know the investigations and developments of the Grupo Explorador Argentino (GEA), whose knowledge in the topics of expeditions, mountaineering, survival, first aid, science, technology, self-defense, organisation and leadership have made the existence of Andinia.com possible.

When Everybody Is Wrong, Everybody Is Right - Too many people telling you things? Too many controls to let people enter your country? Too many complains? Too many friends leaving you? Them it might be that you are not so right after all.

A possibility that should not be overlooked in the framework of study of urban survival: Governments may turn against their own people. - It might seem inappropriate, subversive, exaggerated or apocalyptic, but even democratic governments sometimes turn against their own citizens and act in order to persecute them; thus, if you study urban survival techniques you have to at least account for this possibility.

Normally, leaders are beyond and above their people, but sometimes the opposite becomes the case. - What happens when contact with reality is lost and the public ends up thinking more reasonably than their leaders?

Strategic intuition: Leaders and strange projects - From time to time someone pops out in front of TV cameras and says that he - or she - has a magnificent plan; some of those plans, allegedly generated spontaneously, are pure chimeras, but there are also leaders that promise to reach the Moon, and they finally do that. The quality of leadership has a lot to do with that. What is needed in order to get such quality?

The colour of salmon - What colour do you see when you eat salmon? Many would say somewhat redundantly that its colour is salmon, or red, but in reality, it isn't; the odd thing is that people normally wouldn't like to buy salmon, which is not coloured salmon, which is not the truth. This kind of selective blindness can be seen also in decision-making processes, turning management and leadership into random ventures.

Dom Iago de Sampayo y Belmonte - Once upon a time, when Portugal was one of the greatest empires on Earth, Dom Iago de Sampayo y Belmonte was born, and being a descendant of Charlemagne, he was a member of the Portuguese high nobility. It was 1493 and his family, before his birth, had held several titles for centuries, but he also was made Senhor de Belmonte during the early years of the sixteenth century as a reward for some services to the crown.

The Royal Josephs - Some people bearing the family name Joseph descend in fact from a Jewish family linked to the Portuguese royalty that survived the advent of the Inquisition during the the sixteenth century.


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