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The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch
Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World.
by Lance H.K. Secretan Buy Now The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch is Lance Secretan’s masterwork, the result of 35 years of research and practical field experience – which he calls Higher Ground Leadership® – developed through his research, client engagements, coaching and teaching experience. He has integrated his philosophy into a unified theory of inspired leadership. It is broad, effective, and extraordinarily inspiring, offering a comprehensive approach to being an inspiring person and therefore an inspiring and transformational leader. In this brilliant work, readers are presented with radical ideas about why organizations continue to labor with ineffective methods that achieve ineffective results, and how to replace these methods with new thinking.
He invites us to rethink:
- the role of modern organizations
- our personal contribution as leaders
- the importance of meaning and fulfillment
- how a dream galvanizes teams and leads to greatness
- systems of performance management
- the art of coaching
- future visioning
- building stronger personal relationships and teams
- our definitions of leadership, and
- how to inspire more than motivate
In his trademark style, Secretan combines case studies, experiences and clear examples from real people with whom he has consulted in world-class organizations and weaves them into simple, easily implementable concepts for inspiring individuals, teams, organizations or countries—as well as friends and family. The book, together with resources found on this website, offers a comprehensive system for raising the level of inspiration in any organization.
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Quotes from The Spark, The Flame, The Torch
By putting these three steps together—Destiny, Character, and Calling—we bring clarity to who we are. It affirms Why we are here, how we will Be, and what we will Do during our visit to this planet.
Dreams are like that—they have the power within them to change the world. And great dreams, carefully executed, are sustainable.
In order to unlock the potential and power of modern leadership to transform clients, organizations, communities, cities, and countries or the world, we must understand and harness the power of the dream.
Inspiration and effectiveness always wax and wane together—both the quality and quantity of output are directly influenced by our level of inspiration at any given time.
Inspiring leaders understand service at a visceral level and live their lives in this way because they know that it inspires others because it serves them.
Love is to the soul what food is to the body. Love is a noble act that serves others, offering respect, openness, trust, and loyalty. The more we love, the more we lose the ego-part of ourselves, and yet, in doing so, we don't become less in any way, but instead, one with those we love.
Motivation is lighting a fire under someone; inspiration is lighting a fire within someone
One of the great gifts that come with knowing one's Destiny is the awareness that we are here to serve.
The spark arouses the desire to make a difference, to inspire people, adding electricity, brio, and zest—the stuff that fans the flames of passion and exhilaration within others and brings joy to all. When we have the spark, others feel their lives to be larger, they become more fulfilled, and they feel richer for having experienced us in their lives. This is how the world becomes changed.
Igniting the spark means healing the past, living the present, and dreaming the future.
The most effective metric for measuring how well we serve the spirit is the degree to which others find each of us inspiring—as people or organizations.