LEADERSHIP

The Quiet Leader

The Quiet Leader is not the loudest in the room. They are the leaders who’ve earned the respect of those around them and “ooze” leadership. They don’t have to flout their clout because everyone knows them and understands what they stand for. @curtiles @creekbankstories # @TheQuietLeader

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Curt Iles: My Life Statement June 2024

  My Life Statement: What Really Matters As of Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Throughout my adult life, I’ve kept a journal of priorities for my life. I call them “My Life Statement.” I’m sharing them to encourage you to develop your own statement. Make it personal.  Write it down. Do it now. I fall short in every word and sentence …

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Leadership: Thoughts on “Stewardship”

    Thoughts on Stewardship   Saturday, June 1 It’s the first day of a new month. June 1. It’s the first day of hurricane season. June 1. It’s my birthday. Number 68. 68. That’s a lot of hurricane seasons in Louisiana.   June 1. It could be considered the half mark of the year. It’s a good time to …

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Leadership 101: “I want to thank you . . .”

  On Leadership   As I begin my 68th year on Planet Earth, I can sum up what I’ve learned about leadership in one sentence: “I want to thank you ahead of time for doing this, and I know you won’t disappoint me.” I’ve been a youth leader, parent, coach, teacher, principal, camp manager, missionary, and now a grandfather. That …

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An Eulogy on James David Cain

  James David Cain Recently, I was privileged to deliver an eulogy at the funeral of James David Cain. Below are my remarks in their entirety.  (I cut most of my speech due to time. That’s what happens when you have too many preachers on stage.) I hope you enjoy these thoughts on a man who helped shape my life. …

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The Sin of the Pineywoods

There is one cardinal sin of the Pineywoods:   “Forgetting where you come from.”   Or to state it as a maxim: “Always remember where you came from.” Many of my friends have stayed in Dry Creek their entire lives. That’s a good thing. Some leave the nest and fly on to bigger and better things, but they shouldn’t forget (or …

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Living the Unoffended Life

    The Unoffended Life “The unoffended life is the best way to live.” What is the unoffendable life? It’s the mark of a person who doesn’t easily get bent out of shape. They don’t carry a chip on his or her shoulder. They let offenses roll off their back and choose to overlook slights, real or perceived. In the …

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Thoughts on Greetings: The Manly Handshake

Thoughts on a Manly Handshake In a series of upcoming blogs, we’ll discuss the unique greetings found in our Southern culture. We’ll explore handshakes, nods, hugs, tips, winks, and a whole host of unspoken greetings we use here in the Louisiana Pineywoods.* Let’s delve into the cultural significance of the manly handshake, a unique aspect of our Louisiana Pineywoods region. …

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An Obituary I’d Love to Have.

An Obituary I’d Love to Have. One of the reasons I still receive a paper copy of The Town Talk is to read the well-written obituaries submitted by families. I was touched by the concluding sentence of the obit. of Judge Frank Alan Little, Jr in Sunday’s April 7, 2024 edition. “He often remarked that his wife, family, and friends …

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Know Those Who Serve You

  Know Those Who Serve You   I wrote this story for my Grandsons. I believe you’ll enjoy it, too.   “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” -Jesus in Luke 6:31 ESV “You can tell a great deal about a man from how he treats those who serve him.”   His name was Raymond, and we …

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Outdoor Living: Where is your Prayer Tree?

  Visit our Creekbank YouTube Channel to view Curt reading “Outdoor Life.” Listen to an Audio Podcast of “Outdoor Life.”   Outdoor Living: Where is Your Prayer Tree? Years ago, I visited two of my sweetest friends, Phil and Trelvis Thomas. They lived north of Leesville on Mrs. Trelvis’ family homestead. After coffee, Mrs. Trelvis led me to a nearby …

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The Seed Tree

  Curt’s rendition of “The Seed Tree” can be seen on our Creekbank YouTube channel. Our audio Podcast is also available at Spotify. The Seed Tree I’ve been studying this majestic Loblolly pine for over thirty years. It’s located along LA Hwy 113 after you cross the Calcasieu River and enter Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. It caught my eye because it …

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Courage under Fire

What is “Courage under Fire?” Most people run away from trouble, while others run toward it: David: ”This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” ”As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.“ * What is it in a man that causes some to run away, while others face it head …

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Resolve

    Resolve This week I’m thinking about the word “Resolve “ and its double first cousins, Grit, Determination and Perseverance. “Resolve: to act with determination, boldness, steadfastness, and faith.” Resolve: it’s a good word to have in our toolbox.

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