Monday, November 30, 2015

Press Release

A Personal Leadership Handbook for Millennials 

(And the rest of us)


A new, critically-acclaimed Handbook for Millennials (and the rest of us) was recently published to meet the growing needs of generations past and present plagued by pedagogies of postmodernism that have left the rising generation (and many others) bemused about History, confused about basic definitions of Right and Wrong, and negligent in attending to personal, familial, and civic duties.

Dr. Jordan R. Jensen has dedicated the past 12 years of his life to researching, compiling, and composing this holistic Handbook for the express purpose of closing the profound educational gaps that exist between what needs to be taught and done and what actually is being taught and done in American homes, schools, communities, States, and the nation-at-large to protect our collective liberties, expand our personal freedoms, and maximize our potential for productive achievement.

Drawing deeply from the wells of wisdom literature (including history, science, philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, and theology) and his own detailed doctoral research, Dr. Jensen interweaves detailed anecdotes from his own life and the lives of others to present the most comprehensive personal leadership handbook to hit the market since Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

According to Dr. David G. Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas, "Reading this book may be the most important thing you do this year (or next).  It's presence in the literature is a service to our Country."


Media ContactCall 832-618-5451 today to set up a live interview with Dr. Jensen


Click HERE to buy a copy of Self-Action Leadership



Read what the experts are saying about this Groundbreaking NEW BOOK...

According to a career Air Force officer and pilot, who served as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton for five excruciating years...

“In Self Action Leadership, Jordan Jensen has assembled a leadership masterpiece anchored steadfastly in true principles of philosophy and human behavior. In wonderfully written prose, Jordan reminds us of who we are and what it takes to live and lead with honor. Moreover, he challenges us to live up to the high calling of being human beings with a special mission on this Earth. To accomplish our mission, we must do two major things: grow in our sense of personal responsibility, and in turn, care for others and help them to do the same. I grappled with these two areas in a primal way during more than five years as a POW in Vietnam. Now I’m thrilled to see how Jordan has laid out SAL by using the vehicle of story to illuminate his own, unique journey of transcending adversity. In so doing, he has inspired us all to become who we are capable of becoming. Bravo!”
Colonel Lee Ellis (retired)  CEO of Leadership Freedom and FreedomStar Media, and author of Leading With Honor

And according to a career academic, and the Father of the self-leadership field in the Academe:
“There is no more important contributor to your own effectiveness than how you lead yourself. If you want to learn a great deal about the latest thinking on self- leadership, read this book.”
Charles C. Manz, Ph.D.
Nirenberg Professor of Leadership, The University of Massachussetts

Self-Action Leadership uniquely provides a "Metaphysical Theory of Everything" that serves as a comprehensive guide to one's own self-leadership -- a subject sorely lacking throughout our troubled nation and world, and perhaps especially among Millennials.

Click HERE to buy Self-Action Leadership today. There could be no better Christmas gift for the Millennials you know and care about -- as well as anyone (educator or otherwise) who is interested in helping oneself improve while assisting the Millennial generation live up to its potential.

Dr. Jordan R. Jensen
About the Author: Dr. Jordan Jensen is the founder and CEO of Freedom Focused. He was born at the tail end of Generation X.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Doctoral Degree in Education.  His wife, Lina, is a Millennial who graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She works for a Fortune 100 energy company in the Houston, Texas area, where the couple reside with their two children.

Click HERE to read more about Dr. Jordan Jensen and Freedom Focused



Monday, November 23, 2015

What are We Going to Do With the Troubled Millennial Generation?

Capable, yet troubled Millennials
& their Postmodern Professors
The recent wave of anti-free speech rhetoric and anti-authority anarchy and bullying exhibited by college students around the country has many rationally minded citizens wondering, "Has the Millennial Generation gone mad?"

 Or does the blame really belong to the multitude of pedagogical shepherds (professors) who have infected their flock with a viciously vitriolic diet consisting largely of anti-American professorial pap for far too long?

Freedom Focused holds that the teachers, not the students, are where most of the blame belongs, and the solution will likewise begin with educators. In the meantime, and on a side note, isn't it ironic how the millennial fold has begun to turn on the same intellectual hands that have been feeding their minds full of the very ideology with which their protege's are, in turn, presently condemning them with? It never ceases to amaze me how individuals and organizations really do reap what they sow in the long run.

The good news is that the game is not yet over for Millennials. Despite being labeled (and sometimes appropriately so) as a generation full of overly entitled, technology-addicted, excessively PC, whiny little brats, I hold out great hope for this generation -- the largest, and most diverse and dynamic in American history.


Millennials are an entitled generation filled with
individuals who can be as ignorant as they are intelligent.
It is true that these young people have collectively been unduly mollycoddled by parents, teachers, coaches, and professors who have raised up a generation that often believes they are too special to fail, too smart to take advice from their elders, too preeminent to take direction or accept discipline from authority figures, and too sophisticated to respect anyone from American history who was not marginalized or underprivileged. Indeed, every Millennial would do well to listen to David McCullough Jr.'s famous speech, You are Not Special. (Click HERE to watch McCullough's speech).

Despite the many real and perceived ills of the Millennial Generation, I remain optimistic about their future.  Indeed, I share in the sunny outlook of generational scholars William Strauss and Neil Howe, who have written extensively on the Millennial Generation and their potential for limiting their liabilities and shoring up their strengths in preparation for the national and international crucibles that they and we as a nation will face in the future.
 
Troubled Times likely lie ahead
for the Millennial Generation
Millennials presently have an ever-increasingly challenging world to navigate -- and it's likely to get a lot more dangerous and complex before it gets simpler and safer. According to Strauss and Howe, world history travels in predictable cycles, with the next great challenge, dubbed "The Crisis of 2020," right around the corner. This impending disaster will not be a minor national incident or difficulty, but an international calamity on part with the Great Depression and the two World Wars of the last century.

The good news is that Strauss and Howe (and I) are actually optimistic about how the Millennial generation will navigate this calamity -- so much so that they have written several books on the subject, including: Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation and Millennials: A Profile of the Next Great Generation (Click on red links above to view/buy books).   

While ALL generations will play a vital role in successfully maneuvering this global trial, the Millennial Generation will primarily provide the foot soldiers (literally and figuratively) that will, like the Greatest Generation, ultimately win the conflict. In Strauss and Howe's words, this coming crisis:
Will be a major turning point in American history and an adrenaline-filled moment of trial. At its climax, Americans will feel that the fate of posterity—for generations to come—hangs in the balance. This crisis will be a pivotal moment in the lifecycles of all generations alive at the time. The sense of community will be omnipresent. Moral order will be unquestioned with “rights” and “wrongs” crisply defined and obeyed. Sacrifices will be asked, and given. America will be implacably resolved to do what needs doing, and fix what needs fixing (From Strauss W. & Howe, N. (1991). Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584-2069. New York, NY: Quill [William Morrow]. Page 382.)
How will this often troubled, yet potential-laden generation rise to the occasion of successfully meeting and defeating their (and our) destined challenges? The answer is through education, or in the case of many, re-education.

The Ultimate Handbook for
Reorienting the poisoned education
of Millennials in the United States
The good news is that the handbook for turning the tide of postmodern pedagogy and revisionist history into an authentic curriculum borne of Kantian Universal Laws and patriotic truth-telling has NOW been written.  It is called, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom -- a comprehensive personal leadership guide for civic leaders, businesses, schools, families, individuals, and YES -- Millennials!

Self-Action Leadership emphasizes the following Pedagogical Points in an effort to reorient the misguided education that has poisoned the minds of so many Millennials and others, leading them to believe America is the problem, rather than the solution, in the world:


  • America, albeit not perfect, is still the most Magnanimous, Noble, and Exceptional Nation on Earth.
  • The primary solution to all micro and macro problems reside inside the minds and hearts of individuals, not outside in organizational entities.
  • Organizations, entities, and nations-at-large are not changed from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.
  • It is high-time that ALL individuals begin taking JFK's advice to ask what they can do for their Country, instead of the other way around.  
  • Universal Laws exists and govern the natural consequences of all individual and organizational decisions.
  • Long-term solutions to problems do not originate in blaming others for what happened in the past; they are found in proactive personal changes made in the present and future.
  • A real right (good) and real wrong (evil) exist in the world; truth is therefore not relative, but absolute, and is governed by Universal Laws of physics and metaphysics.
  • A clarion call for an Age of Authenticism to eclipse the pernicious, perjurious, and prurient period of postmodernism that has dominated Western culture since the end of World War II.  

Self-Action Leadership uniquely provides a "Metaphysical Theory of Everything" that serves as a comprehensive guide to one's own self-leadership -- a subject sorely lacking throughout our troubled nation and world, and perhaps especially among Millennials and many of their misguided professors.

The SAL Theory & Model represent the most original and robust training material to hit the market since Dr. Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Read what the experts are saying about Self-Action Leadership.

According to one career educator...
"Reading this book may be the most important thing you do this year. It's presence in the literature is a service to our Country."
~ David G. Anthony, Ed.D.
CEO, Raise Your Hand Texas


According to a career Air Force officer and pilot, who served as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton for five excruciating years:
“In Self Action Leadership, Jordan Jensen has assembled a leadership masterpiece anchored steadfastly in true principles of philosophy and human behavior. In wonderfully written prose, Jordan reminds us of who we are and what it takes to live and lead with honor. Moreover, he challenges us to live up to the high calling of being human beings with a special mission on this Earth. To accomplish our mission, we must do two major things: grow in our sense of personal responsibility, and in turn, care for others and help them to do the same. I grappled with these two areas in a primal way during more than five years as a POW in Vietnam. Now I’m thrilled to see how Jordan has laid out SAL by using the vehicle of story to illuminate his own, unique journey of transcending adversity. In so doing, he has inspired us all to become who we are capable of becoming. Bravo!”
~ Colonel Lee Ellis (retired)  CEO of Leadership Freedom and FreedomStar Media, and author of Leading With Honor

And according to a career academic, and the Father of the self-leadership field in the Academe:
“There is no more important contributor to your own effectiveness than how you lead yourself. If you want to learn a great deal about the latest thinking on self- leadership, read this book.”
~ Charles C. Manz, Ph.D.
Nirenberg Professor of Leadership, The University of Massachussetts

Click HERE to buy Self-Action Leadership today. There could be no better Christmas gift for the Millennials you know and care about -- as well as anyone (educator or otherwise) who is interested in helping oneself improve while assisting the Millennial generation live up to its billing and calling.


Dr. Jordan R. Jensen
As someone who is nearly part of the generation myself (I missed the cut by a year or two), and who is married to a Millennial, I care deeply about this generation, but am troubled by many of the negative trends and misguided subcultures that have arisen within this paradoxical generation.

 Rather than sit idly by and watch these disturbing movements continue unabated, I resolved over a decade ago to dedicate my career to helping this -- and ALL generations -- become all they were capable of by focusing their attention inward toward their own self-management and leadership, instead of outward toward other people, entities, and past grievances (real or perceived).  

The time has come for each of us to purify the inner vessel inside ourselves so that we might, in the words of Winston Churchill, "Arm [ourselves] and be ... men [and women] of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict," which is certain to come in coming months and years.  

About the Author: Dr. Jordan Jensen is the founder and CEO of Freedom Focused. He was born at the tail end of Generation X.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Doctoral Degree in Education.  His wife, Lina, is a highly intelligent Millennial who graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She works for a Fortune 100 energy company in the Houston, Texas area, where the couple reside with their two children.


Click HERE to read more about Dr. Jordan Jensen and Freedom Focused

Thursday, November 19, 2015

E-Communication Webinar Coming December 15

E-Communication Etiquette is essential to your
Personal & Professional Success
Freedom Focused is pleased to inform you of an upcoming live webinar on December 15 featuring Dr. Jordan R. Jensen.

The topic is Electronic Communication Etiquette.  This course is designed for anyone who emails, talks on the phone, text messages, or uses social media.

Because this program may be of particular interest to YOU, we would like to personally invite you to attend.  And as our special guest, you are eligible for 50% off the regular registration fee!  The details to this webinar are below.

Electronic Communication Etiquette: What Every Customer Service Professional Should Know

December 15, 2015

1:00PM EST - 2:00PM EST (1:00 CST)


Call or register online to attend this live webinar today!
Please click on the web link below to view the details of this seminar.

Register Online: Click HERE for Webinar details & to Register
Call: 866-352-9539
Discount code: G5279868
Priority code: 15999

We look forward to having you in attendance and providing you with the latest information on this topic!



Webinar Agenda:  


       E-Communication & Professional Relationships
       A means of effective intra- and inter-office communication
       Makes for ease & convenience, but not a cure-all
       Tools for building quality interpersonal office and client relationships
       E-Communication Best Practices & Etiquette
       Phone & voice messaging
       E-mail
       Text and instant messaging
       Social Media Mediums
       LinkedIn
       Twitter
       Facebook
       Instagram
       Other
       E-Communication Practices to Avoid
       Common Pet Peeves
       The “Courtroom Test”




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Sacred Day of Remembrance

A Field of Poppies
One of the most famous poems in the English Language was written during World War I by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, an officer in the British Canadian Army.

With eloquent concision, McCrae's haunting verse reminds us all why we must all REMEMBER... on Veterans Day, and ALWAYS.

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
               In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                In Flanders fields. (1)

Flanders is a name given to the northern regions of Belgium, a vital area of the Western Front where much fighting took place during the First World War.  After several years of service on the Western Front, McCrae lost his own life to pneumonia in January of 1918 -- less than 10 months prior to Armistice Day.  In death, McCrae joined over 10 million other soldiers who gave their lives in uniform during what had been the bloodiest conflict in human history up to that point in time.

The official armistice ending World War I was finalized between the Allied Forces (Britain, France, the U.S.. et al.)  and the Central Powers (mainly Germany & Austria-Hungry) on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918.  Each year, citizens throughout the English and French speaking worlds celebrate either Veterans Day (U.S.), Remembrance Day (British Commonwealth), or Armistice Day (France, et al.) on November 11th to honor and memorialize their sacred dead.

In British Commonwealth Countries and France, citizens commonly adorn their lapel's with a single poppy -- a symbol inspired by McCrae's legendary poem -- during the week each year whereupon Armistice Day falls.  They do so as a tangible reminder of all who served in previous conflicts, and especially those who "gave the last full measure of devotion"(2) in defense of liberty and peace.

Although I am an American citizen, I had the opportunity to live abroad in Canada for several years in Alberta and Newfoundland.  During this time period, I came to appreciate this common cultural token of honor and respect.  As such, I like to don my own poppy on and around Veterans Day even though I reside south of the 49th parallel.


On days like today, I feel extra proud of my American citizenship, as well as my ancestral, cultural, and national ties to our strongest allies -- Canada and Great Britain.  The world would be a VERY different place without the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.  Indeed, were it not for these three GREAT countries, much, if not all, of the world would most likely be speaking German, Japanese, Italian, or Russian.  


On this important day of sacred REMEMBRANCE, I hope and pray we will all take a moment to reflect on the countless blessings we have in our lands and lives because of those who "gave their lives that this nation [and others] might live" (3).

Below you will find a few ideas about how YOU can make the most of your own personal, familial, or community celebration of Veterans Day, and thereby adhere to John McCrae's challenge to hold your own torch high, lest ye break faith with those who died in Flanders fields and beyond.
  • Share this blog post with a friend.
  • Fly the Stars & Stripes outside (and inside) your home.
  • Visit a cemetery, and if possible, a military cemetery.
  • Attend a memorial service.
  • Thank a soldier in uniform for his or her service.
  • Make a financial donation to a reliable organization that supports our soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, or service veterans.
  • Resolve to be a better citizen yourself by identifying an area of your life you could improve. 
  • Watch a historical movie that will remind you of the sacrifices made on our behalf. 
  • Spend an hour reading something historically uplifting.  Here are a few links...

Click HERE to read about America: The Last Best Hope of Earth

Click HERE to read about The Cause of Freedom, Part 1

Click HERE to read about The Cause of Freedom, Part 2

Click HERE to read about what it means to be Freedom Focused

Click HERE to read about John F. Kennedy's Challenge to All American Citizens

The Jordan & Lina Jensen Family:
Proud to be Americans & Texans
Dr. Jordan R. Jensen believes in a philosophy championed by President Theodore Roosevelt and others that posits that the strength of Republics is contingent on the "Quality of the Individual." (4)

Dr. Jensen is not a politician, but an educator, who seeks to lead a resurgence of American greatness through dedication in the classroom and beyond.  His highly acclaimed new book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom, articulates his vision for developing "Quality Individuals" through character education and personal leadership development.






Click HERE to read about Dr. Jensen's new book, Self-Action Leadership




Click HERE to buy a copy of Self-Action Leadership














Notes:

1. In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant John McCrae. In Cook, R.J. (1920) One-Hundred and One Famous Poems. (Google Books edition). The Cable Company: Chicago, IL. Page 11. 
2. From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
3. Ibid.  
4. From Roosevelt's speech, Citizenship in a Republic

Friday, November 6, 2015

I'd Rather See a Sermon

I love poetry.  One of my favorite 20th Century quatrains comes from a stanza of Edgar A. Guest's verse.  It reads:
I'd rather see a sermon
Than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
Than merely tell the way.
These famous words of Guest's explain why I chose to include such intimate details from my own life's Self-Action Leadership journey in my new book -- Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom.

Me as a teenager: pale, lanky,
 homely, nerdy, and goofy;
 but extremely driven.
Ever since I was a teenager, I have felt a powerfully compelling -- even an obsessive -- need and desire to positively influence other people.  By the time I was in my mid-teens, I knew I wanted to someday write a best-selling self-help book.

Over time, however, I found that I would never successfully accomplish my goal of "talking the talk" until I had actually "walked the walk" over a long period of time.

Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on how you look at it), the past 20 years of my life has afforded me the painful opportunity of facing three separate sets of deep and penetrating trials the likes of which I, as a boy, never would have imagined I'd face in the future.

Life is often like that -- full of unexpected adversity and other crazy twists and turns such that real life sometimes ends up being even more interesting and dramatic than the most dramatic presentations of the cinema, or the printed page.

I wouldn't wish the crucibles I've been through on anyone.  What I do know is that everyone ends up facing their own, unique challenges in life.  We are all alike in that way.  You can try and run from your problems, but in the end, you can never completely hide.

It is often said that hindsight is 20/20.  In hindsight, I wouldn't trade my struggles for anything because of what they have helped me to become.  Nor would I wish to ever return to the hellish onslaught they brought into my life.  Perhaps you can relate as you've struggled to work through your own issues in life.

Dr. Jordan Jensen's New Book
I wrote Self-Action Leadership in hopes of giving the world a new kind of self-help book -- one that provides as much empathy as it does instruction, and one that seeks to help others by sharing what I've learned from spending the past two decades studying and working on MY OWN problems.

I still have a LONG way to go in my own SAL journey, but I can say with satisfaction that along the way, I have discovered the existence of a few priceless principles that are universal in nature and can lead us human beings out of the mangy morasses we often find ourselves mired in during our mortal sojourn upon this Earth.

Perhaps my experiences -- and the lessons I've learned through studying and working out my personal and professional problems -- might in some way be of service to you or someone you love, care for, or work with.

If you are interested in learning more about what I've both experienced and learned, I invite you to read my new book, which shares all of these things.

The world is full of big talkers.  Heck, I am one of them.  But, if you are looking for a self-help guide that strives to "show the way" rather than merely tell you what to do, be, and where to go, you might find this book a worthwhile read.

Dr. Jordan Jensen Today
Click HERE to buy a Hard Copy of Dr. Jensen's BOOK

Click HERE to read about Dr. Jensen's Challenges with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Part 1)

Click HERE to read about Dr. Jensen's Challenges with OCD (Part 2)

Click HERE to read about Dr. Jensen's Victories over OCD

Click HERE to read about Dr. Jensen's Rocky Road of Romance

Click HERE to read about Dr. Jensen's Career Crucibles

Click HERE to buy an E-version (Nook) of Dr. Jensen's BOOK







LIFE Lessons in HUMILITY, Part 2

Joseph Fiennes & Tom Felton in Kevin Reynold's 2016 Film, RISEN Last week's post introduced the movie, RISEN , starring Joseph F...