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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The 21st Century Shepherd

There can be no doubt that the advances in technology have changed the way the shepherd relates to his sheep. While the old methods remain valid, there can be no doubt that by leveraging technology the 21st century shepherd can guide his flock in ways he could not, even fifty years ago. I humbly offer this video as proof.



Okay... that may be a little unorthodox, and if you can stop laughing for a moment, here are a few observations.

1) In order for a flock comprised of sheep, who left to their own devices will simply mill about while they eat, sleep, and poop, to do anything spectacular, they must have a leader who is willing to see the big picture, that is, have vision

2) A shepherd must plan ahead, laying the proper groundwork suitable to that vision

3) A good shepherd places those under him who share his vision and do as he says

4) If there is not a proper flow from vision, to shepherd, to under-shepherds, to the flock, there is likely only chaos that appears complex, but in reality is anything but

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