How Will You Use Yours To Transform the World?
As a marketplace leader, you have power, authority and influence. Recently I enjoyed a fascinating discussion with a tremendous Christian leader on this topic. She’s not an ordained pastor in charge of an organized church. She’s a Christ follower, who was leading a secular organization much like you and I. She was responsible for 1,500 people, so she had ample opportunity to explore the domains of power, authority and influence.
Early in our conversation she shared a concept with massive implications for Christian business leaders. She said, “When I accepted leadership over the organization, I asked for God’s guidance. I clearly heard Him say: ‘Wherever you have physical authority, you also have spiritual authority.’ So I began to exercise my God-given spiritual authority over everything I was in charge of, and it transformed every aspect of our operation.”
How about YOU? Where do you have physical authority? Are you fully exercising your spiritual authority in those domains as well?
Before we explore some thoughts on how you might fully exercise spiritual authority in your spheres of leadership, let’s clarify three interrelated and often confused terms - power, authority and influence.
• Power. Power is the capacity to act or to produce an effect. It’s the energized ability to achieve change and generate results. It’s the potential to extend, exert or enforce our will and desires over other people, our surroundings and ourselves. Power can be used properly for good and desirable purposes, or improperly for evil. Power can be applied and exercised gently and gracefully, or forcefully and abruptly.
Understanding where you have power, the extent of that power and where you don’t have power is an essential leadership consideration. This can eliminate much wasted energy, emotion and frustration. Take a minute and make note of areas you have power and where you don’t. Evaluate why that’s the case.
Since power is understood as the capacity to produce an effect, it is at the core of authority and influence.
• Authority. Authority is a granted right to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine or judge. “Author” is the root word, so authority flows from a declarative and definitive word that legitimizes and provides for the use of power.
God gave Jesus all authority, and Jesus delegated His authority on earth to you and me. Jesus specifically said: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.”
Authority is not only delegated and granted downward, it is also granted upward. Followers choose to follow, or not. Sometimes they choose to follow grudgingly, unwillingly and fearfully because of the power held by the leader. Sometimes they choose not to obey or follow the leader and are willing to risk the consequences.
Sometimes they grant authority, obey and follow out of respect for the position the leader holds. Sometimes they follow because of the leader’s influence.
Authority can be rightfully exercised in any of these situations. Where do you have authority? What is the source of your authority in each area where you lead? In what parts of your life don’t you have much or any authority?
Power-based and position-based leadership may have their time and purpose, but they are not sustainable long-term approaches. Used consistently, these approaches result in covert and overt resistance. Eventually, rebellion can be expected. In your efforts to lead and to produce change, where are you defaulting too frequently to power and position-
• Influence. Influence is the power to have an effect, either directly or indirectly, on someone or something based on the leader’s character, prestige, capabilities and trustworthiness. People are compelled, induced or persuaded to follow, because they trust the leader and want to follow, not because they are commanded to obey. They believe that following will produce positive and attractive outcomes.
Discipleship, reconciliation, mediation, intercession, and Great Commission initiatives are leadership acts that all require the exercise of influence.
Most people would probably agree that leading through influence is the highest and most desirable form of leadership. It’s the most advanced evidence of true power...but it’s also the most challenging way to lead. Where are you influential, and why do people follow you in this domain? In what areas is your influence weak?
Your Spiritual Authority. Understanding and mastering the interworking of power, authority and influence is critical for all leaders. For a moment, let’s take a closer look at authority, specifically the spiritual authority you’ve been granted as a Christ follower - spiritual authority to teach the Truth, to bring people to Christ, to teach them how to follow Him, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
You’ve been authorized to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse disease and drive out demons in Jesus’ name. You’ve been authorized to engage in spiritual battles against the dark powers of the world and against the spiritual forces of evil. And you’ve been given the power to do all this through Christ’s delegated authority and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
You also have physical authority in the workplace that was delegated, granted and made possible by God. At this point, many business owners get their feathers ruffled. They say something like, “Wait a minute. It’s my talent and skill that made this business possible. I did it.” But truth is found in Deuteronomy 8: “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Where you have physical authority, you also have spiritual authority. With authority comes power, opportunity and responsibility. In other words, much is expected of those who have been given much.
Here’s the question again: In the places you hold physical authority (home, business, community, church, and school), are you fully exercising your spiritual authority? Beyond what you may currently be doing, what else is possible? What else might be necessary, and even imperative?
As you reflect on this, the implications are enormous. Let’s look at just one aspect of exercising your spiritual authority: getting rid of evil spirits; commanding them in the name of Jesus to vacate the spaces over which you have authority. About now, many people will balk. They’ll say, “Evil spirits? That’s just weird and crazy talk. It’s not even an appropriate “business” topic. Besides, there are no evil spirits. That’s just an irrelevant old Bible myth.”
But consider this: In any place where you have leadership and physical authority (family, business, community, church), do you ever encounter a spirit of dissention? A spirit of disunity? Of confusion? Of greed? Of envy? Of fear? Of hatred? Of pride? Of bitterness? Of gossip? Of criticism or condemnation? Of selfishness? Are those things consistent with the character and spirit of God? No. Are they desirable in the domains over which you have authority? No. Thus, they are not “good” spirits, they are “evil” spirits.
Not everyone will agree. It’s easy to get hung up on terminology. It’s tempting to argue religious technicalities. Some will deny their authority so they can avoid the corresponding responsibility. Meanwhile, spirits of dissension and confusion reign, and the rest of the “spirits” have a field day. But you are the leader. You decide. Do you want this negative spiritual energy in your space or not? How long will you continue to tolerate it?
What if you went for it and exercised your spiritual authority right now, came against things that are not consistent with the character of God and dispelled them in the name of Jesus? You can cleanse your mental, physical and spirtual environment, cleanse your negotiations, cleanse your sales and marketing, cleanse your communications, cleanse your business dealings, and cleanse your relationships. But here’s the true issue: Are you willing?
You have the authority and Holy Spirit power to do so. You don’t ask or beg evil spirits to leave. You don’t “influence” evil spirits to leave. You command them to leave. They don’t go willingly. They go because they must go, because they are under Jesus’ authority. When you and I do this, everything gets better. When we effectively exercise our spiritual authority in the places where we have physical authority, we transform our world.
Eight Defensive Strategies to Protect Your Business and Family From Current Marketplace Challenges.
Whatever we call it: a war, a battle, a storm, a crisis, a challenge, a purging, a pruning, or a season of trial, as business owners we are clearly in an extremely difficult time, facing severe challenges on multiple fronts: health concerns, government restrictions, economic depression and social division. It’s likely we’re going to be dealing with these challenges for a long time, perhaps for years. So, for the purposes of this article, let’s call this a war. It’s not a skirmish. It’s not a scuffle. It’s not a battle. It’s a war on four fronts that is going to take an extended period to conclude. All of us will take hits and experience losses.
Many people are still shell-shocked and immobilized by all that has happened so rapidly and circumstances that continually change on a daily basis. Regardless, if you haven’t felt the sting of battle yet, get ready. You will. No one is exempt, because we are in the early stages of a war that is going to be very bloody.
Some of you may not yet feel like you’re in combat. Maybe you had a backlog of orders, or you were in a business the government deemed essential, or like some of my clients, you’re in a business that is in hot demand right now, like information technologies.
Some of you may not agree that we are in a war. Complacency is an issue. In the moment, it’s comfortable there on the couch. People are living in denial everwhere, but it doesn’t change hard realities.
Think back to the not so distant past. Remember February 2020? That was just a few months ago. If you’re like me and most of my clients, you had the best year ever in 2019 and you entered 2020 strong and full of confidence. Many of us had our best month EVER in February 2020. Possibly you did too. In any event, I bet you were feeling very optimistic earlier this year.
Then we hit the wall. And everything changed. Now we are in a war. It’s a fight for your business, for the livelihoods of your employees, and for the well-being of the customers you serve. It’s a fight for your home and family…and yes, we are in a war for our country and for the principles on which it was formed.
That does not mean we should panic. It does not mean we should retreat or give up. It does not mean we should even be in a bad mood. We have been in training all our lives for a time like this. Extreme levels of leadership are required of each of us. We are the generals on our own battlefields. In any war, there are two main things for generals to attend to: Defense and Offense. Defense is required because we must be able to withstand the inevitable attacks in order to fight another day.
Your Defensive Strategy. For any situation in which you lead (family, business, church, nonprofit, school), you need a defensive strategy. It’s a bit like the airline instructions: “In the event of loss of air pressure, put on your own oxygen mask first; then you can attend to the needs of others.” So, let’s systematically note each of the defensive elements, specifically for your household and your business for you to consider in building your strategy.
You may or may not have had military training. Regardless, the defensive strategies of military units are worthy of consideration and adaptation for your personal and business situation.
As an ex-Army Ranger Captain, I’m able to bring a unique perspective, now as a business leader, to the topic of personal and business defensive strategies, which can’t be based just on hoping things will turn out alright, any more than that would be a sound military strategy.
Hope is Not a Strategy. The Art of War, written about 7,000 years ago, is perhaps the world’s finest treatise on military operations. It’s author, Sun Tzu wrote:
“Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign."
"Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
The main elements of a good defense are: intelligence, risk assessment, vigilance, fortification, logistics, reinforcements, a response plan and a fallback plan. Let’s briefly look at each in turn and begin the evaluation of your personal and business situation.
1. Battlefield Intelligence. The word “intelligence” in this context does not refer to degrees of smartness. Military intelligence relates to the battlefield and enemy information collected, upon which leaders can make decisions. The Art of War, puts great emphasis on strategy: “Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand.” Ask yourself, “What do I need to know protect my household and business?”
2. Risk Assessment. Risk assessment involves four components: Identification, Probability, Magnitude and Response. Ask yourself, “What risks am I facing, and what is my plan to deal with them?”
3. Vigilance (keeping watch). Every good defensive position involves keeping watch for potential enemies and threats. What tools will you use and what systems will you put in place to alert you to potential problems?
4. Fortification (building protective boundaries). Although it’s unlikely you’ll be sandbagging your office and setting claymore mines in the parking lot, you can, and should put protective boundaries and fortifications in place to defend against the things that might harm your family or business. What fortifications do you have?
5. Logistical Support (staying supplied for the battle). There’s an old saying that an army runs on its stomach. Build stockpiles for times of shortage. Establish your sources for the supplies you’ll need to assure you can care for your family and keep your business running, no matter what.
6. Reinforcements (allies to come to your assistance). One of the key considerations in setting up a defensive military position is lining up reinforcements in advance. Where can you get reinforcements and allies to support your household and your business? Who can you reinforce?
7. Response Plan. When attacked, our options are limited. You can Fight, Flee, Freeze, Negotiate, or Surrender. That’s about it. Freezing and Surrendering are the responses of the unprepared. So, when your home or business is threatened, how will you respond?
8. Fall-Back Plan. Sometimes even the strongest position gets overrun. Sometimes even the best prepared team is overpowered. Sometimes you lose. That’s life and war. There may come a time when it happens to you…a time when the forces arrayed against you are simply too strong to withstand. There are many households and businesses in that position right now. Chaotic, terror-filled retreats rarely turn out well. Prepare now. What is your fall-back plan?
Conclusion. Businesses and families are in a season of unprecedented “attack.” The health, economic, social and governmental challenges are serious and unpredictable enough that unless leaders are well prepared, their businesses can be crushed, and their families broken. Don’t be a casualty. Stay alive to fight another day. Take time to think through the eight points above and set sound strategies in place to protect yourself and those you lead and care for.
Michael Sipe is an ex-Army Ranger Captain, black belt martial artist, best selling author, mergers and acquisitions advisor, and executive coach to top CEOs and business owners. Learn more and view the full Defensive Strategies webinar at: www.MichaelKSipe.com
Leadership Lessons We MUST Learn
from Locking Down a Country.
If you’re a leader, you face regular challenges. It goes with the territory. Problems arise. Timeframes are short. Resources seem limited. The stakes are high. The fallout from failure looms large. You feel the urgency to act. You fear what might happen if you don’t act. The people you lead are clamoring for a decision. Ignorant opinons abound. Seems everyone has a vested interest, ulterior motive and a slick argument. The crowd all seems to be stampeding in one direction.
Sound familiar? Chances are you’re in that situation right now as a consequence of the decisions made by many state governors and some city mayors to lock down America, close businesses and restrict Constitutional freedoms in an ill-considered response to the corona virus.
Elected officials were in a tough spot back in March. No argument, it was a challenging moment in time. However, the flawed decisions they made have crippled America. But this could have been predicted. They fell victim to TINA.
Beware - TINA Can Get You, Too. Who, or what, is TINA, you ask? Well, TINA is an acronym that stands for:
“There Is No Alternative.”
TINA strikes in moments of challenge. You’re stuck in the middle of a problem and desperate to get out. Fear rears its ugly head. Your stomach is in knots. Your pulse is racing. Someone suggests a solution. It sounds good. You don’t have a better idea at the moment. The pressure is on. Leaders aren’t supposed to panic, but, truth be told, you panic. You speak those fateful words that will come back to haunt you and those you lead: “We’ve just gotta do this...There Is No Alternative.”
We just watched this happen with our elected officials. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Let’s presume there was no conspiracy, politics, personal aspiration, research-funding considerations or ill-intent. Let’s presume they are simply good people, trying to do good work. But, if that’s the case, I contend they panicked and TINA got them. When faced with the threat of the corona virus, they rapidly made the fateful decision that there was simply no alternative but to lock down America and handcuff business. That decision will have devastating and crippling consequences. Conse-quences that should have and easily could have been anticipated and avoided. But TINA got us.
We’re all suseptible to falling victim to TINA. It could happen to you. There’s a good chance TINA is after you right now in the fallout we face from lockdown. Before we look at how to guard yourself against a TINA attack, let’s look at what happens after TINA strikes. These things are so predictable, we can call them laws.
The Law of False Dichotomy. A dichotomy is a polarizing contrast we construct between two ideas, approaches or values. The false dichotomy asserts there are only two mutually exclusive and opposing alternatives, and we can only choose one. This leads to the flawed conclusion that There Is No Alternative. Often the choices presented are emotionally charged, values-driven and passionately argued, such as those presented to us in the COVID crisis: Life vs. Death. Health vs. Money. Safety vs. The Economy. The scarcity mindset (or un-seen agendas) behind a false juxtaposition limits our ability to seek broader, more global solutions that could provide approaches to address all considerations, producing unity and collaboration, instead of division.
The Law of Commitment. Once a TINA driven decision is made, there’s an emotional commitment made. We become invested in the chosen course of action. The language of commitment is familiar:
“There’s no turning back. We just gotta do what we gotta do. Hell or high water, we have to keep going. After all, a leader has to stick with her decisions. Quitters never win. Besides, what will people think?”
Unfortunately, the Law of Commitment often keeps us from seeing our mistakes and recognizing the adverse consequences as a result. If we do see our decision is bad, we often won’t admit it. We pridefully die on a hill we should’ve abandoned long before.
The Law of Consistency. Closely related to the Law of Commitment is the Law of Consistency, which requires us to act in accordance with the case we’ve declared. Once we’ve made our case for a course of action, including declaring there is no alternative, we feel immense pressure to act in integrity with our declarations, even if our decisions and declarations are wrong.
CYA - The Law of Justification. The more apparent it becomes our decision was wrong, or that the negative outcomes of the decision are too great, the more tendency there is for us to justify our character, position and decision. There’s a scramble to Cover Your Ass-umptions.
The Law of Unintended Consequences. TINA driven decisions usually have unintended consequences. Sometimes they are good, sometimes bad, but because we failed to engage in a rigorous decision making process, we end up surprised by the consequences. But most of them could have been anticipated, avoided or designed around. The results of lockdown in response to COVID-19 are: massive fear, staggering unemployment rates, economic depression, countless bankruptcies, mental illness, addiction, heartbreaking abuse, suicide, anxiety, divisiveness and a welfare mindset. All these terrible outcomes could have easily been predicted with just a little thought. Instead, the most flawed public policy decisions in American history were mandated. TINA got us.
There is Always an Alternative. As leaders, we can’t allow ourselves to get TINA-fied. The ramifications of flawed decision making are simply too damaging for those we lead. So, how do we avoid this pitfall? Here are a few suggestions.
First of all, whenever you hear the words: “There is No Alternative.” or “We have no choice,” huge red flags should go up. There is always an alternative. There are always options. Part of a leader’s job is to look for options, to seek clarity and to cast proper vision. An ancient proverb says: “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” Succumbing to panic is an example of casting off restraint. Let’s seek wisdom before taking rash actions.
Beware the Dichotomy Trap. Step back from the right vs. wrong, either/or, false choice arguments and look for a larger solution that encompasses all concerns.
Slow Down. My cabinetmaker father used to say, “If you won’t take enough time to do it right, you’ll waste a whole lot more time cleaning up your messes.” Closely related was his instruction to always: “Measure twice...cut once.” Rushing critical decisions leads to tragic mistakes.
Deliberate. One pronounciation of deliberate means “steady and measured.” Another means to seek wise council and to discuss problems from a variety of perspectives. The pressure to succumb to TINA causes us to forget that: “To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Likewise, to an epidemiologist, everything looks like an epidemic. Deliberating on diverse viewpoints in a steady, measured way produces the creative options that TINA blocks.
Ask Better Questions. The quality of an answer is always dependent on the quality of the question. Here’s an example.
Question: “How much is government willing to spend to defeat the corona virus?”
Answer: “$4 Trillion.”
Question: “What’s the best way to use that $4 Trillion?”
Answer: Most of us could think up many options superior to wasting all those tax dollars in a futile attempt to clean up the devastating mess caused by lockdown.
Proceed Pragmatically. Pragmatic leaders deal in conversations of cause and effect, actions and likely reactions. They evaluate each potential course of action in light of its possible consequences. The pragmatist is interested in taking actions that produce optimum outcomes. Pragmatists know TINA is a lie. Now that we're all in a tough spot, instead of TINA, let's embrace the truth of TIAA.
TIAA: There Is Always An Alternative. Let’s find the best one.
If not us, who? If not now, when? If not...why not?
I’m flipping the pages of the May 4, 2020 Time Magazine, which offers up the opinions of Time’s selection of 100 thought leaders, all of whom were tasked to share their perspectives on how we are to find hope in this season of health concerns and economic devastation. Included in the roster of wise messengers are Angelina Jolie, Shawn Mendez, Misty Copeland and Lil Nas X.
Although I don’t know any of the 100 notable contributors personally and have nothing against any of them, I was struck by the sheer hopelessness of the submissions purportedly offered to produce hope. Somehow a recommendation to “watch the Great British Bake Off as a welcome distraction during these difficult times,” seems uncompelling. Obviously, Time Magazine is a secular publication, but I looked in vain for the voice of hope available through Jesus’ Church. His voice was absent. As are we, His disciples.
The voice of spiritual leadership across the country is strangely missing from the public dialog. Unfortunately, that’s consistent with the observation my non-Christian friends make, that the Church is invisible, irrelevant and impotent. Enough. It’s time to change all that.
How, you ask? Here’s my answer. It’s time, and past time, that we reopen the local churches.
The Arguments. I know this is controversial. I expect pushback. I know the arguments against opening the churches. Some come from government. Some from cultural sources. But most of them we made up ourselves out of fear of man, or fear of a bug, neither of which are Biblical.
“It’s hopeless. Mainstream and Social Media control the messages and are biased against Christianity.” Forget it. The early Church did not have media. It was grievously opposed. The message of the Gospel spread person to person. At the time of his death, Jesus had a few followers. 400 years later, approximately half the Roman Empire was Christian. That’s thirty million Christians in 400 years. The Good News spreads faster than any virus…assuming people are exposed.
“Turn the other cheek. Submit to rulers and authorities.” I’m sure that there are learned theologians that can make a case that Christians are to not make waves, not antagonize the government and should simply stay quietly in our prayer closets waiting on God to make all things new. I don’t buy it. Passively ceding the power and authority given to us by Christ to the world is not the message of the Bible.
“It’s not loving or Christian to willfully infect people with the virus.” That’s a false construct and strawman. It’s a trick question. Jesus got asked trick questions. When asked if it was right to pay taxes, He responded, “Give Caesar what is his and give God what is His.” In the last few weeks, we gave what is God’s to Caesar. Opening the doors of the churches for people to choose to enter, or not (the same as always), is not willfully infecting people with the virus. And who says that a virus is more powerful than the Spirit and Presence of God? Certainly, not us. Let each person prayerfully take responsibility for their own life. Attend or don’t attend. The doors should always be open for those who need us and want to come.
“If we open up against a governor’s orders, we might get arrested. We might lose a tax-exemption or our church.” Those things might happen. They might not. But if they do, then let’s stand on our State and Federal Constitutional rights of speech, press, religion, assembly, equal treatment under the law, and due process. We must retake the ground we gave up. We will prevail. As we should. It might get uncomfortable for those of us in the battle, but it’s a fight worth fighting. The reason that churches are closed right now is because we closed them. If they were open, people would come.
“The Church is not a building.” This is another smoke screen and cop-out. There is enormous value in gathering together to worship and pray in person. Online TV church is not the same as real community, any more than video calls with my 90-year-old mom substitute for a real hug.
Bottom line - we’ve been duped, fooled, and distracted. The enemy’s most insidious and effective arguments contain just enough elements of plausibility to twist the Word of God slightly, and plant the seed of doubt: “Did God really say…?”
Enough. It’s time to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. It’s time to open the churches. It’s time for the Church to lead the recovery of our confidence, our courage, our culture and our economy. Someone must break the pervasive grip of fear. Someone must go first. That’s us.
Benefits of Leading. There are at least four outcomes we can expect from the reopening of our churches.
1. Highlight the real battle. The battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Make no mistake, when the Church moves to reopen, the battle will rage. So, we put on the full armor of God and go to war.
2. Preserve our rights. Founding fathers established a Biblically-based Constitution and Bill of Rights that we have fought hard to preserve. We must not abdicate now. If we don’t speak up and defend our rights, who will? None are better equipped to fight for freedom than the millions of Americans who remain Christ followers. They just need our leadership.
3. Do what the Church is called to do. For thousands of years, in times of plague or any other trial, the Church stepped up to serve and care for the broken and hurting, frequently at great personal risk to the people ministering. But we stepped back. It’s time to get in the ring.
4. Demonstrate our faith through action. People are watching. If our behavior is indistinguishable from non-believers, we forfeit our influence. We can model courage and faith, instead of fear. We say God has the power to protect us. Let’s trust it. We say God has the power to heal…and has given it to us. So, let’s heal. We say our destiny is secure. Let’s show it by bringing rationality to the COVID discussion. Chances are, we won’t get the virus. If we do, it’s probably not going to be a big deal. If it is serious, it’s likely we’ll recover like we have from other illness. There is, of course, a tiny chance we might die. But there’s a 100% chance we are going to die anyway in God’s timing. If we’re saved, we know we get to be with God for eternity. What’s to fear? But talk is cheap. Faith and confident assurance is revealed by our actions.
The Church is Essential. The Church has never been more essential. The people we are called to serve are hurting. They are lonely, anxious, depressed, abused, and suicidal. They’re worried, scared and downright terrified of the virus. They are living in deep fear of losing their jobs, income and businesses. They are questioning their identities and the meaning of life. They are coming face to face with their own mortality and the question of, “Then what?” The government can’t fix this. The private sector can’t fix this. Our country desperately needs what only the Church can lovingly deliver…the message of the peace and hope of Jesus Christ... face to face. In person. The fields are ripe.
Let’s reopen the churches and together do the work of the Church.
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