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Leading the Way

MJ and I arrived in Pretoria one week ago today. This past weekend, we were treated to a spectacular airshow that took place literally in our backyard. You see, we happen to live next door to one of the most significant airbases in South Africa. The airshow consisted of civilian stunt planes, commercial airliners, and supersonic aircraft that defied the speed of sound and pounded your chest as they passed by with lightening speed.

img_0799One of the flybys that captured my attention was a commercial airline called Mango. Anytime I see them at the Johannesburg airport, I want to reach out, grab the plane and eat it, as the colour orange and name Mango are so appetizing.

Looking at the awesome sight from the ground, I could not help think of the incredible journey that CLI (Commissioning a Lifestyle of Integrity) is about to embark on. For me, the jetliner represents the massive message of integrity. It is our prayer that men and women across Africa, will lead the way and carry integrity into every sphere of society. Even though there were only four planes providing an escort for the jetliner, I thought of the six pillars of integrity that Bill Pipke and I have spent the last nine months writing in preparation for our first CLI manual. The pillars of Influence, Trust, Honour, Dignity, Truth and Authenticity will lay a foundation for people to commit to a lifestyle of integrity. In essence, the pillars are the escort for the message of integrity.

The month of November will mark the launch of our first four CLI Summits in Liberia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya. The CLI manual has been written, and is in the final stages of editing. Negotiations for quality printing at the best price are underway, and men and women across the four countries listed are being recruited to be part of our historic first summits.

Over the next number of weeks, as part of “My Monday Musings”, I plan to share some excerpts from the introduction and three chapters I have written. Here is a quote from the introduction to wet your appetite.

“The Six Pillars of Integrity are a little like driving a six-cylinder car. When all six-cylinders are operating effectively, the car performs at its peak. When one or two cylinders are missing, the car is not using its full capacity of power.”

Until next time…

Don

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