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Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part One

Posted by Robert Elliott on January 01, 2000
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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part One   “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki   The cultivation of “beginner’s mind” is essential to the development of the Black Belt Leader; it’s key. Because the beginner’s mind is an “open system”; it can expand; it can be receptive to whatever challenges come its way; it can discriminate too – all valuable Black Belt Leadership qualities. We as experts, though, live in what might be called a “closed system.” We repeat what we

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The Task of Leadership Development

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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  Perhaps the biggest job leaders have is to equip and develop the leaders and potential leaders that are near them.  Failing to help those around you to move forward and not giving them the tools needed for them to grow professionally places a lid on their potential and yours.  Zig Ziglar said something similar to this, “The only thing worse than training your leaders and then watching them leave, is to not train your leaders and keep them”.   Equipping leaders for a task is not easy.  Developing the leaders around you is usually not something that happens quickly. 

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Cones and other barriers on the road make you drive slower. You swerve to miss them and must drive slow in avoid skidding or being unable to stop quickly. Under these circumstances, you cannot drive at the highway speed that your car is capable of reaching. When a road contains hazards, you "accept" the hazards as something you just have to put up with. You are frustrated knowing that your trip will take a lot longer than it should have to complete.  The same goes for change. Barriers to change make you go slower and prevent your car from reaching

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The Task of Leadership Development: Part 2

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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The task of leadership development begins with choosing the right leaders.  This in itself is no easy task.  From where do leaders come?  This leads to the question, "Are leaders born or developed?"  George Barna states that one out of eight leaders are born.  If this be true, then seven out of eight leaders are groomed, taught and developed.  So, those we lead into leadership must have the proper emotional and mental posture to become leaders. Leadership development depends on us choosing the proper persons.  All of us have our strengths and weaknesses.  There is no such thing as the

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Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Two

Posted by Robert Elliott on January 01, 2000
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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Two   “Every minute I’m a different man.” – Pablo Picasso   How do we maintain “beginner’s mind” and sustain a constantly fresh outlook, one that will give us clear insights – instead of dull, routine or unimaginative perceptions  – so as leaders we may inspire those who follow us?    Arthur Rubinstein, the great classical pianist, had a response to the above question, and it came as a result of a lesson from Pablo Picasso. This is what he said: “You know Picasso and I are good friends, and

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Own Your Power

Posted by Walter Jackson on January 01, 2000
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  It's not surprising that many people feel powerless in today's extremely fast moving world. Even when you are sleeping you are moving with the earth  almost 1000 miles per hour as it turns on its axis once a day.  You don't know it because we are held to the earth by gravity. So we are constantly in a state of motion.  You may especially feel out of sorts when there's a full moon which passes through Earth's magnetic tail every month.  Police and hospital personnel report that they are busiest during this time of the month. This is where

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Have you ever noticed how a person's viewpoint influences what they say and do? It defines what they believe and what people believe about them. Our perspective on change has the same kind of impact. What we believe about change and our role in change determines what we say to others about change or about their ability to change. It affects relationships between departments and either builds trust or causes mistrust within the management team and between management and the workforce. Some people think that process improvement drives most change. In fact, management's words and actions are the most powerful

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Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Three

Posted by Robert Elliott on January 01, 2000
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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Three   “The beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless.” – Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki   To be compassionate towards those we lead requires courage, discipline and forbearance: courage to enter the unknown of the learning process; discipline to stay focused on the task before us; and forbearance to carry on when it sometimes seems a whole lot easier to just bail out of a situation that we find momentarily discomforting. At the start of my career, while I was working

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP     Being the Oyster: An Alternative to the Blame Game   As business leaders, it’s easy to label someone that works for or reports to us as a “troublemaker” or a “problem.” For one thing, it gets us off the hook. We’re not to blame; the other guy is. For another, it fuels the idea that the power to change our lives lies outside of us. If the circumstances in which we live were different, then we would be different; presumbly, happier. So we blame our subordinates for our own unhappiness and with subtle and

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Bumblebee Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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"Bee, bee, bumblebee, I see something you don't see!"  This game of riddle and rhyme has entertained and educated children for generations.  It has helped pass time on road trips and while waiting in long lines.  But what does it have to do with leadership? Leaders who are effective have the ability to see what others do not.  They see possibilities.  They see hidden potential.  They dare to dream of what something or someone could be.  Yes, they do see the reality of how things are in the present; but they also have vision that allows them to see what

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