Without Blinking an Eye

At last week’s National Association of Independent Schools conference, I heard author Sheena Iyengar tell this story:

A ferocious Japanese warrior invaded a small village, and everyone in the community ran away — with the exception of one Zen Master.

The Warrior: “Fool, you, too, should have fled! Don’t you see that I can kill you without so much as blinking an eye?”

Zen Master: “And can’t you see that I can be killed without  so much as blinking an eye?”

Iyengar pointed out that a key component of leadership is the control of self, and she stressed that self-control is a choice.

I frequently talk to our boys about the importance of having and using a “pause button,” but all of this makes me wonder why the Lakers’ resident Zen Master, Phil Jackson, would ever pick up a technical foul, especially if he had his Zen on…

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