Intentionality: DeMarco Banter

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The bad news is, time flies, the good news is, you’re the pilot.” Orrin Woodward

Intentionality is a philosophical concept defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as “the power of minds to be about, to represent, or to stand for, things, properties and states of affairs.”

The terminology of ‘intentionality’ can also be confusing, for at least two reasons. First, intentionality has nothing in particular to do with intending, or intentions. Intentions, for instance the intention to buy a cat, are just one of many types of intentional mental states.

All I can tell you is… don’t google that word unless you have a PhD in philosophy, my only thought was how do we live intentionally.

To be intentional, in my mind, mean working with a purpose…making every action count. For those actions to count and to be intentional–one has to have a life purpose or mission and vision. Successful leaders are intentional. They know what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Maxwell has some excellent points in his book “17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player” on how to be intentional:

1) Have a purpose worth living for….

2) Know your strengths and weaknesses.

3) Prioritize your responsibilities.

4) Learn to say NO.

5) Commit yourself to long-term achievement…

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