The Wisdom of MWB Dwight L Smith

In February 1963, Past Grand Master of Indiana Dwight L. Smith published an essay entitled Whither Are We Traveling? He begins by declaring there is no shortage of Masonic leaders complaining of lodge membership falling off or poor attendance at lodge meetings. He...

The Masonic Leader’s Mindset

Exploring mindset is one of the crucial areas in leadership training. Your attitude towards leadership will determine how effective you are as a leader. It is essential to ask yourself if you are leading for the right reasons, what goals you hope to achieve, and if...

The Work of the Tools – Guest Post by Brother James Hailey

      "My sincere hope is that in the end others will find reflection on my life as a worthy endeavor and will conclude that there was something about how I treated them and lived my life--that the tools worked for me and I worked the tools"The purpose of this essay...

A Mason Develops Daily

Dr. John Maxwell in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, describes in the Law of Process, that becoming a leader cannot be accomplished by attending an event, a seminar or workshop. A leader develops himself by the deliberate practice of leadership...

Lodge (is) Education

I know I’ve written about this before, expressed my opinion in workshops many times, and one day I was so frustrated I wrote (and never published) a “Lodge Education Manifesto.” I have read various old Masonic publications going back to before the turn of the century...

A Look At 500 years of Masonic Words

This morning I was reading a blog post from Seth Godin, marketing guru, thought producer, writer, and a great innovator. Seth displayed a graph from Google's Ngram Viewer. The Ngram Viewer lets you find and visualize how words and phrases have developed and been used...

A New Mason Encounters a Group of Past Masters

Sean was excited. It was the night of his lodge meeting, and it would be the first time he would be attending after being made a Master Mason in the latest Grand Master’s One Day Class. He stopped at a window in the hallway of his office building and looked out at the...

Be Remarkable – You Won’t Be Ignored!

Yesterday was Steve Martin’s 75th birthday. Happy belated birthday Steve! His comedy routine with the arrow through his head has always been one of my favorites. It’s spontaneous, wacky, and makes you wonder what’s coming next. The anticipation of what's coming is...

Thoughts on Being Good Masonic Citizen

As the unrest, the protests, and the seemingly endless display of divisive rhetoric and behavior envelop us all, I have been asking myself, “what should our behavior be as Masons in response?” I have read the words of men whom I know to be Masons suggesting that I...

Zoomasonry – “Could this be real life or just a fantasy?”

      Bob Clark glanced at the clock and noticed it was time to begin his usual preparation for lodge tonight. He chuckled to himself that “usual” won’t entirely be usual tonight. He and his wife, Joanne, were on a cruise ship headed for an island in...

“Masonry is not something you just join, it is something you Become.”

 

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