As an ECK leader, each of you has run into dozens of situations with people that leave you scratching your head. You are flabbergasted.
You wonder, Whatever could you (he/she/they) be thinking?
Yet there it is, a potful of steaming trouble. And you, lucky you. You quickly check your magic pouch for jim-dandy ideas, but it’s empty, completely empty. And you feel empty too.
You look out on the scene about you with a perplexed yet vacant stare. Of course, as a seasoned leader, none of that will show. You are not indecisive—you are thinking great, wise, wonderful thoughts.
In truth, you are floundering.
But then a dim light of hope pierces the malaise in your mind. Yes, there is a way. There is hope!
You’ve remembered the Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ, the Living ECK Master in the nick of time. Why, of course, the Master’s here. He’s always with you. You breathe more easily, waiting for the Master’s voice to gently speak, to send images of what to do to fix things.
Yet nothing comes.
You check to see that your ears are on. Check, present and accounted for. Ready to receive your transmissions. Over.
Well, he is speaking, but there’s so much static in the air. Reception is unreadable.
So the Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ’s there, he’s talking, but there’s simply too much clutter in the air from all the heated emotions in the room.
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All right, there’s a lighthearted look at your feelings at least once as a beleaguered leader. There will be times you cannot hear my voice. Don’t worry, I understand. It happens to all of us.
But a leader is ever resourceful. He’s thinking on his feet. People are the cause of most of our problems. So it’s only reasonable, isn’t it, to study the art of how to work smoothly and well with them. By looking around, you can see that some leaders naturally handle pot-scorching quandaries better than some other leaders do. That suggests there is a better way of dealing with people.
In this light, then, may I mention again a top-drawer guide that some of you may already use to make better, happier, more confident and relaxed decisions about such riddles?
Here it is: Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. Study it; you’ll be glad you did.
There are four main parts to this gratifying, easy-to-read book. Part One: “Fundamental Techniques in Handling People.” Part Two: “Six Ways to Make People Like You.” Part Three: “How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking.” Part Four: “How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment.”
This is a delightful way to become a superior ECK leader.
—Sri Harold Klemp
Expect to learn a lot about yourself as you make this special study of how to work smoothly with others. There are timeless keys to loving others—and yourself—in this undertaking.
You can begin now by reflecting on situations that challenge your people skills. Invite the Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ to help you behind the scenes, and look forward to your next encounter!