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As I sit watching the Academy Awards with my family, I can not help but think, February should be the most motivating month of the year. Although February is short on days it is long on inspiration. Regardless of your personal preferences, there is inspiration for everyone. February is filled with inspirational celebrations of success with the Oscars, Grammys, and Super Bowl, all while the entire month is dedicated to the historic achievements of African – Americans. The Oscars are by far the “class act”, (pun intended) of February. We get to see our stars come together in glamorous evening
If your workout is missing the “S” Factor, you’re doing the wrong type of exercise! Someone said, “Food fuels the furnace of metabolism; exercise stokes the fire.” That’s true! And, better yet, muscle revs up metabolism and incinerates FAT! As T. Murray said, “Muscle tissue is the primary user of fat calories in the body, so the greater your muscle mass, the greater your fat-burning capacity.” Years ago there was a great article by Mandy Matson called The S Factor. Here is an excerpt… “About three years ago my backside appeared to be sliding down my thighs. How could this
What enables a manager to communicate with his or her staff?
There are four components to effective communication. With a little bit of work, patience and practice, one’s level of communication will drastically improve. Direction: What is the intent and direction of the communication? Is it top down or bottom up? Is the message’s content fair to all involved? The direction of your communications signals whether you are broadcasting or conversing to your constituents. Frequency: Important concepts are repeated more often than non-important concepts. Are you making yourself clear? If you are not
“The King’s Speech” – the highly acclaimed movie, is nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and rightly so. It’s a movie that sheds light on a debilitating speech impediment affecting approximately 65 million people in the United States alone. It is personal with me — and brings back memories of just how difficult – but not impossible – it is to overcome physical, emotional and personal obstacles that life sometimes throws in our path. No one could have predicted that a short, speech impaired young man could possibly distinquish himself in his adult years. No one would have guessed he would
No matter what type of organization you belong to, you do have customers. Whether or not your customers pay you for your services they are still your customers – and ideally you will treat them with the same excellence that you would if they were paying you $1000 per hour. If you are in education, you have layers of customers. The students, the parents, the community, the alumni – all are your customers. The students need an excellent education so that they eventually have the knowledge and ability to contribute to the work force, earn decent wages and are able
Have you ever had a good idea that’s been on your mind for quite some time? You believe that this idea could improve a process at work or improve an area of your life or the lives of others. You have researched this idea and have given it considerable thought yet something is holding you back. Maybe you are concerned with what others might think or maybe you are afraid that you may get stuck in the midst of the process and fail. Let me share with you a quotation from Dr. Maxwell Maltz, the author of a book titled
Recently I attended a Long Range Planning meeting. There were nine members on the committee. There was one non-member of the committee at the meeting. The average age of the ten of us was at least 72. One female. The rest a bunch of old white guys. Meeting to discuss Long Range Planning for the city. Scary thought isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong. The ten of us had a couple hundred years of going to city government meeting experience. A lot of history could be remembered. But really, the ten of us discussing what the city should look like
Whether you know it or not you are judged by what you do much more so than by what you say. Effective leaders have identified a certain set of values and then live their life in accordance with those values. That is, “They Walk Their Talk”. This one step in and of itself allows leaders to live an authentic rather than a hypocritical life. Max De Pree in his book entitled “Leadership Is an Art” says that leaders should have a clear statement of values that should shape their corporate and individual behavior. The values that you identify and hold sacred influence how you behave in any
If you’re a business executive; serve on a corporate board; own your own business – or are in any leadership position in business or education – you should be a bit worried about future leadership in your organization. For the past several years our high schools have been graduating students who, for the most part, are not equipped for college level work or possibly not even the rigors of a trade school. People often ask me about the changing work ethic of recent high school graduates. Why they seem to have their hands out when seeking employment – asking what the