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What prevents people from saying what they feel needs to be said is the fear of how the other person will react. Are you one of the people who allow other people to challenge what you say? Do others feel comfortable questioning you, making suggestions, or offering a separate way of seeing things? Or are they afraid you will get defensive, act irrational, be hurt, or become vindictive? When I was a collegiate basketball coach, I thought I was a great communicator. After all, I allowed the young women on my team who were twenty years younger than me have

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  LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS   Business Leader As Communicator: Part Two    “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole person.”   Maya Angelou Even as leaders, choosing to speak up at work can be risky, especially if our work environment does not outwardly support such behavior. Yet regardless what our current situation may be, there are times that our job may depend upon our asserting ourselves. What do we do then if we don’t know how? Assertiveness is the single most important skill that we

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I see clients ever week who ask me to teach them how to control their tempers. “I’m not the person to help you with that. Controlling anger can be hazardous to your health and to the safety of those around you.” Most often, they stare at me in disbelief. “Controlling anger takes an enormous amount of mental and physical energy. Due to the nature and sheer force of anger, it can easily overpower you at some point, rearing its ugly head at the most inappropriate time, in the worst possible manner, and often at  the wrong individual. Repressed anger, on

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Leaders are often encouraged to “think outside the box.”  Leaders often encourage others to “think outside the box.”  Though thinking outside the box has value and calls for innovation and non- traditional ways, I suggest that strong leaders can be creative inside the box.  This article challenges leaders to consider something different when it comes to being creative. Common thinking suggests that great creativity comes when one has no restrictions upon his or her ability or imagination.  Common thinking suggests that great creativity comes when one is free from following rules or guidelines.  However, could the opposite be true?  Playing

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Fewer and fewer people coming into the workforce do so having been brought up with any set of value system in place. With these missing values, also comes the absence of business etiquette. Teach organizational values, believe in them, and back them up. Regularly discuss your team’s/organization’s values. This should be a part of your everyday conversation and clearly defines where you are going as a team/organization. Discuss each person’s role on the team – inclusion – how they each will play a part in taking the organization where the vision says they are going. An organization’s values should not

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  “So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed to the whole of it, not part of it.”                                                                                                                                Jiddu Krishnamurti Did you experience selective hearing in your household? I did. My mother and father both practiced it, which led to fighting which could have been avoided if they would have taken the time to hear one another. During their fights, they often said the same thing in different way, but since neither of them was listening, they couldn’t hear what

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New Directions Leader As Visionary

Posted by Robert Elliott on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Leadership, Vision

  NEW DIRECTIONS IN LEADERSHIP New Directions Leader As Visionary “The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.”  – John Fowles, The Magus In the short statement below, Albert Einstein asks, “Is the universe a friendly place?” This is especially pertinent for those of us who aspire to become New Directions Leaders. Because how we interpret and respond to Einstein’s question will fundamentally influence our choices and actions as leaders in the future. —————————————————    “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and

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We’ve all found ourselves in situations where we feel as though we’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Faced with making a necessary decision, our choices are less than favorable and all options have potentially serious consequences. Your best friend confides that she’s having an affair and begs you not to tell  her husband. But her husband is your brother-in-law. Your two best friends have a falling out and each insists that you ally with them and break off all contact with the other. The problem is you still care about each one. Two invitations arrive in your

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Mental Side of Sport and Business This is constant:  The Mental side of sports is always more important than the Physical.  Hall of Fame Baseball Player and Coach Yogi Berra is often misquoted with the line that 90 percent of sport in mental and the other fifty percent is physical.  The Berra-ism while humorous seems to make light of the importance of the psychological skills sets important to performance. In an article in the  Wall Street Journal look what Bobby Knight is quoted as saying: “I have always maintained that in basketball the importance of the mental to the physical is

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What prevents people from saying what they feel needs to be said is the fear of how the other person will react. Are you one of the people who allow other people to challenge what you say? Do others feel comfortable questioning you, making suggestions, or offering a separate way of seeing things? Or are they afraid you will get defensive, act irrational, be hurt, or become vindictive? When I was a collegiate basketball coach, I thought I was a great communicator. After all, I allowed the young women on my team who were twenty years younger than me have

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