Unleashing Genius

As well as being a poet Paul David Walker has been coaching the leaders of Fortune 500 and mid-size companies for over twenty-five years. In this uniquely poetic book about the secrets of great leaders, Paul reveals some of the deeper principles behind creating new realities, which Paul believes is the job of a leader. He takes you on a journey into the heart and mystery of leadership forming a foundation for any leader to become truly great.

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Storms and Clearings

The stream of poetry in this special book flows back over four decades of Paul's life journey. These beautiful and timeless poems reflect his uncanny ability to see the beauty in everyone and everything, as well as the deeply felt concern for the human condition. His words will at times strike a gentle cord, and at other times strike like lightning.

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A Glimpse into the Universe as I See It

In this beautiful collection of poems, Paul takes us on a journey of his "glimpses" into the creative intelligence behind the universe through his own eyes and heart. He captures with deep simplicity our experience as human beings on this planet as we seek to transcend our self, and collective, limitations. It has been said that awareness comes in the gaps between the thoughts of our way-too-busy minds. Paul inspires us and encourages us to pay attention to the glimpses found in those gaps. Enjoy the journey!

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The Danger of Old Thought

As promised in an earlier newsletter, I will discuss in more detail the nature of thought in a series of newsletters starting with “Old Thought,” and moving to Comparative Thought, Flowing Thought, Intention and Original Thought (or Genius).

As I said, Old Thought is a collection of beliefs, assumptions, and cognitive frameworks stored in the mind during past experiences, which are at best an approximation of reality, and at worst, a distortion. These beliefs were formed by a response to an experience, or series of experiences. Some were good lessons that have been turned into beliefs and others are just distortions of reality.

There are two problems with this kind of thought. One, due to the passing of time and the flow or cause and effect, they are rarely useful for dealing with present reality. Two, and most dangerous, is they cause us to act without thinking or reflection, and we are often not even aware of the belief that is causing our reactions.

For example, an entrepreneur, who has built his organization with people whose loyalty comes from their need for him as a paternal figure, runs into problems trying to hire “A” players to run his growing businesses. The “A” players do not need him, and so he feels insecure with them, because his belief is that loyalty comes from need. The result is he never hires “A” players, or once hired, has trust issues with them and ends up losing them.

The question always is: how do I know if I am reacting to “Old Thought” instead of “Original Thought”? The answer is, since “Old Thought” is far removed from reality, what you are doing is not working. You are out of sync with present reality, hence a consistent lack of success. When great leaders fail, they always take time to reflect and examine the thoughts that drive their actions.

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