INTEGRAL LEADER FITNESS

How fit are leaders?
Leadership is an earned, trust based, influence relationship between the respective leader, other leaders and followers who intend ethical changes that mirror their common purpose. Unfortunately, amidst chaos created by aroused emotions and divisiveness, it is difficult to “simply notice” essential leadership competencies as follows: Read More

LEADERSHIP FITNESS

authorHow fit are government leaders? A global worldview offers that world leaders have significant challenges. Unfortunately, amidst the chaos, confusion and delusion created by aroused emotions, blaming, justifying, judgments, excuses and prejudices, it is quite difficult to relax, reflect, focus and simply notice the leadership qualities the conscious evolution of this great Nation requires. A perspective is that today’s challenges and opportunities demand integrally fit leaders who are physically healthy, emotionally balanced, mentally clear and spiritually awake; who are morally solid persons; and who have the background, experience, interests, talents and skills to consciously evolve this Nation for generations to come. Essential leadership competencies for the challenging government assignments are as follows:
TRACK RECORD of LEADERSHIP: Leadership is an earned, trust based, influence relationship between the respective leader, other leaders and followers who intend ethical changes that mirror their common purpose. Read More

ONE of GOLF’S SECRETS

Meditation can accelerate and nurture the development of some of the inner-mental skill necessities for transcendent-zone experiences in golf. A brief story…
In 2001, sparked by a stagnant bowling average, a trek to learn to meditate was launched at Naropa University. As relevant literature had revealed, a desired result was to begin to experience the connection between the body and the mind through the breath. By early 2004, the bowling passion had expired and as a three-year Tibetan Buddhist trained, novice meditation practitioner, the search was expanded to discover a connection between meditation and golf. At the time golf had been a part of my life for 60-plus years; and son, Doug, and wife, Cindy, wanted to learn to play golf. I was up for the challenge and opportunity; and was to discover that the game of golf could be a genuine classroom of self-awareness for a willing and open student. Read More

ONE of GOLF’S SECRETS

Meditation can accelerate and nurture the development of some of the inner-mental skill necessities for transcendent-zone experiences in golf. A brief story…
In 2001, sparked by a stagnant bowling average, a trek to learn to meditate was launched at Naropa University. As relevant literature had revealed, a desired result was to begin to experience the connection between the body and the mind through the breath. By early 2004, the bowling passion had expired and as a three-year Tibetan Buddhist trained, novice meditation practitioner, the search was expanded to discover a connection between meditation and golf. At the time golf had been a part of my life for 60-plus years; and son, Doug, and wife, Cindy, wanted to learn to play golf. I was up for the challenge and opportunity; and was to discover that the game of golf could be a genuine classroom of self-awareness for a willing and open student.
The treasure hunt produced gold in 2017, and although the journey to understand and experience the meditation-golf link continues to blossom, the connection is quite simple. Meditation can quicken the process of learning: Read More

"I forgot my pants!"

It was February 1973. The new boss and I were walking in the Coors Container Company aluminum can manufacturing plant. As this good Army soldier had been instructed when walking with a superior, I was walking one step to the left and one step to the rear. Above the noise in the can plant, the boss adamantly motioned with his left hand and arm and beckoned, “Come-up here and walk beside me; and next week start a program to manage your stress!” This relaxation journey, intended to quiet the busy, perfectionist mind, remains a work-in-progress! The purpose of this blog is to share a recent “ah-ha” moment about this golfer’s pursuit of tools to manage the distraction and interference of the “inner roommate” on and off the golf course. Read More

GOLF: Game Refection Menu

Golf is a life and sport treasure chest! As one who has been fascinated by the game’s riches, it has been rewarding to occasionally take a “bird’s eye view” of the sport’s offerings and make a current reality assessment of the game’s opportunities and challenges: What more can I learn about the game? What will genuinely contribute to more enjoyment of the game? What will facilitate preparation for peak performance? What can enable being trained to self-coach? To “jump start” an assessment, a Game Reflection Menu follows.
INTENT: To learn; to enjoy; to perform to the best of evolved, human ability; and to self-coach. Read More

HOW TO BUY A GOLF COURSE A Case Study

The foundation for Sunland Springs Golf Club: A Case Study (2016) began in northwestern Ohio as a kid playing golf with Mom and Dad. On December 1, 1948, when I was eight years old, Dad wrote a $100 check for Share #148 in Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan, Ohio. The folks would be proud to know that the sport has remained a fixture in the author’s life for some 69 years and counting. Couple this genetic and learned love of golf with a dislike for Ohio, New York and Colorado snow, ice and cold and a life-long dream of living in a warm climate in a golf course community, looking south to Florida and Arizona looked like a slice of Heaven. After a couple of false starts—Westbrook Village, Peoria, Arizona and Sunland Village East, Mesa, Arizona—in January 2009 it was an easy decision to make when an opportunity arose to attend the Golf Academy of America-Phoenix with my son, Doug. He was changing careers and making a fresh start in the golf industry. For the author it sounded like great fun to go back to school, study golf management and teaching and play weekly competitive golf. In April 2011 we graduated. Doug uncovered a nice niche at Desert Mountain with its six Jack Nicklaus Courses and recent home for the PGA Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Championship. As my golf playing and practicing journey continued, in winter 2013 it was exciting to return to the Golf Academy of America-Phoenix to complete the Read More

DECISION TIME!

As Americans, we each will have important “leadership” decisions to make this November: Who are the best qualified persons is to lead this great Nation? As we reflect, muster and share thoughts and ideas, the worldview offers significant challenges for our leaders. Unfortunately, amidst the chaos and confusion of aroused emotions, passions and prejudices, it may be difficult to relax, focus and develop a personal perspective concerning the conscious evolution of this great Nation. Read More

LONG, GOLF-MEDITATION BRIDGE

What is the relationship between golf and meditation? The year was 2002; and the quest was underway to experience a connection between body and mind. The initial two-year trek was study and practice of sitting meditation at Naropa University. At the time, having played golf for some 55 years, the contemplative experience at Naropa planted the seed of a lingering question: Could there be a relationship between meditation and golf?
In 2010, when opportunity arose to attend Golf Academy of America, it felt good to take Naropa mindfulness and awareness training and practice to weekly tournament golf and study of golf management and golf instruction. However, with graduation from the Golf Academy in 2011, a connection between golf and meditation remained a mystery. Going through mindfulness and awareness motions on the practice tee and golf course were nothing but an overdose of concealed conditioning and an experience of conceptual free-will. Fortunately, persistence prevailed. In 2013 during Advanced Teaching at the Golf Academy, the lingering golf-meditation seed began to sprout and the mystery began to reveal itself. Read More

What has been said about GOLFER'S PALETTE?

Inspired by a search for the connection between the body and the mind, Dr. John Edwin DeVore enables readers to become aware of the conditions needed for peak performance by offering a unique perspective of body-mind mastery skills, integrating contemplative skills with technical skills in a sport with a rich technical culture of club and body mechanics. [Jennifer Uebelhack, Bohlsen Group]
All I can say is “Wow.” I have been told since I started playing golf that there was always a mental side of the game that should be learned…I never heard anyone mention things like emotions, mind and ego…pages 51-60 were of special interest to me because a lot of it sounded very familiar to me. I have been told by family and friends, for many years, that I had an inflated ego. It has cost me loss of family and many good friends. Having read this wonderful book will make the years I have left even more fulfilling. I can read it over and over and each time understand a little better…meditation, yoga, and the inner roommate are things that I would never relate to golf. Thank you. [Ray Isaacs]
John, in my up-teen years of trying to play golf, including several golf schools, multiple well-meaning PGA pros, and more books, videos, and tipsters, I found your book to be my Holy Grail. [Larry Waters]

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