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Richard L Bellingham
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Dr. Rick Bellingham is a pioneering psychologist who has published over 16 books on leadership, spiritual wellness, community, & innovating corporate culture.
Dr. Rick Bellingham is a pioneering psychologist who has published over 16 books on leadership, spiritual wellness, community, & innovating corporate culture.

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There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. —Buddha

Truth is not a trivial thing. Words matter.

Being accurate requires curiosity, diligence, and rigor.

I know that everyone has a different idea about what is truth. Much of the debate started when Jesus asked Pontius Pilate that very question. I’m not sure we ever heard a definitive answer. In this post, I’m not arguing for absolute agreement on what truth is, I’m asking,

“What is the process we engage in that enables us to find our own truth?”

Read more of my new post, "The Menace of Mendacity" here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/08/22/the-menace-of-mendacity/
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“When you are made a leader, you aren’t given a crown; you are given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.”
—Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric

There is an old adage that leaders are born not made. That myth became popular as people observed that most leaders had personality traits such as intelligence, charisma, attractive appearance, and confidence.

I believe the truth is that effective leaders are typically born AND made, i.e. some folks start out with a high degree of innate leadership capability and then actually become great leaders through courageous commitment and continuous development.

As I was growing up and navigating my way through elementary school, high school, and college, I always assumed leadership roles in almost every group in which I participated.

I was captain of my sports teams, an officer in student government, president of my fraternity, President of the Honor Society etc. My teachers and mentors would describe me a person who took on challenges, made bold commitments, and engaged others to mobilize behind my vision of what was possible. While most people would see me as a born leader, there was a good chance that, given enough power, I might not lead people in the best direction. There was no question, however, that I was heading toward larger leadership roles.

My trajectory was derailed by the Vietnam War.

Read more of my latest post, "Marketing and Leadership," here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/08/15/marketing-and-leadership/
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Part of my work as an organizational psychologist is to help companies inspire their employees. Leaders need to create an environment in which people choose to bring their best.

The first step is to ask a simple question that employees almost never get asked: “What are your dreams and aspirations?

Read the rest of my new article, "Inspiration and Aspiration," here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/08/08/inspiration-and-aspiration/
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“And the soul is like the eye: when resting upon that on which truth and being shine, the soul perceives and understands and is radiant with intelligence; but when turned towards the twilight of becoming and perishing, then she has opinion only, and goes blinking about, and is first of one opinion and then of another, and seems to have no intelligence.” —Plato, Republic, VI, 508

I believe there are three forces operating in the world today. The first two are at the margins and the third is in the middle.

One marginal force consists of basement level extremists and immoral leaders who are trying to destroy civilization as we know it.

The second marginal force consists of high rise exemplars and moral leaders who are trying to elevate our consciousness through the eyes of the soul. They are contributing to the ever-evolving collective consciousness.

The third major force are the muddled masses in the middle who are desperately trying to hold onto the past and/or keep things the way they are—“blinking about” from one opinion to another.

Read the rest of my new post, "The Masses and the Margins" here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/08/01/the-masses-and-the-margins/
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Crawl into this experience. Feel it. You have a mentally ill brother who has been tormented by his disease for over 50 years. He has suffered from delusions and voices his whole life.

He claims he knows Deep Throat. He is convinced that the FBI has implanted listening devices in his brain and in his teeth. He believes his parents are clones, and he is not sure who is real and who isn’t.

You know your brother is more than his disease. He has a brilliant mind, a gentle soul, and highly evolved musical talent. He is a voracious reader, listens to classical music by the hour, plays multiple instruments, and has a wonderful sense of humor. But even his talents conspire to torture him.

Read the rest of "The Hard Truth of Mental Illness" here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/07/25/the-hard-truth-of-mental-illness/
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The world has been blessed with powerful messages from prophets of the past.

Five of these prophets have a present-day influence on billions of people: Moses, Laozi, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. These five men were the impetus for Judaism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Those religions represent almost 6 billion of the 7.6 billion people on the planet. Given those numbers, it seems appropriate to discuss who they were and what they were about. Don’t worry, I won’t forget to comment on the role that women played in their lives and why we need to amplify women’s voices as much or more than men’s.

Read more of "Prophets and Their Purposes" here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/07/18/prophets-and-their-purposes/
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“Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive. And it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.” —George W. Bush, 2017

Disruption can be for better for worse. Luckily for me, the two major disruptions in my life turned out for the better.

In 1968, at age 23, I was sent to Vietnam as a soldier in Military Intelligence—a rather significant disruption in my safe and comfortable life up until then.

Read more of my newest post, "Independence Day 2017: Disruption, Destruction, and Distraction" here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/07/04/independence-day-2017-disruption-destruction-and-distraction/
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I have always loved new ideas and embraced them enthusiastically. I have read an enormous amount about a ton of concepts, and I have accumulated a large repertoire of nouns in my vocabulary. But nouns require action verbs to make them real.

As Bucky Fuller said, God is a verb.

Read the rest of my new post, "Nouns and Norms" here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/06/27/nouns-and-norms/
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Oh Universal Energy
Help us tap into a new spirit
Oh Cosmic Consciousness
Let us see beyond our differences
Oh Abundant Love
Help us reach out and touch each other gently
Help us welcome each other tenderly
Help us awaken passion in our souls
Help us radiate the kindness in our hearts
Help us dance in gratitude to Cosmic grace
Help us give our children a chance to grow together in peace

Read more: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/06/20/a-prayer-for-the-future/
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For me the greatest unifying force common to all of humanity is that we are all facing the same existential problem—the ultimate terror of our own mortality.

We are all in the same boat. We are all living on the same planet. We are all trying to achieve some level of balance in our lives. Why can’t we unite behind our common condition?

Read more of my newest post, "Balance and Unity," here: https://rickbellingham.com/2017/06/13/balance-and-unity/
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