The Song of Leadership               Once upon a time a bullfrog was very conceited because of his voice             and he passed the nights singing: toc, toc toc…               A cicada was even more conceited because of her voice, and she too             passed the nights and all the days singing: chirr, chirr, chirr…               One time the met each other and the frog said, “My voice is better.”              

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Let's say you own a race car and have tuned it to win, but there are roadblocks on the track that slow you down or cause you to take a different route as you race. You can never go as fast as you want to and you never really get to tap into the upper end of what the car can do! The change process is like that! Process improvement work is like that race

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TOOL KIT:  R.O.P.E.S.:  A must have simple tool to being Proactive It’s easy to be reactive when something happens at work.   Dr. Covey,  author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has as the first Habit:  BE PROACTIVE. He asserts that being proactive “means more than merely taking initiative.  It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. “ Think about this:   “When you choose your actions you choose your consequences! Imagine

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    Delighting in Diversity Do you know how it feels to be different than the people you want to blend in with? Have you ever wanted to  blend a diverse population or team together?    My debilitating motorcycle crash saddled me with diversity and plunged me into a world for which I was totally unprepared. Dealing with other people who have disabilities is easier for me than for most people; my obvious impairments puts

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Addictive Attitudes

Posted by Al Foxx
Category : Blog

  Can Your Attitude be a Solution to Addiction? Addiction Attitudes can have holds of supernatural power; their grip feels strong as death. This post is about the solution many people have discovered to be the only LASTING SOLUTION.   Addiction Attitudes can involve anything from drugs and alcohol to food, resentment, self pity, hyper sensitivity or any other selfish, self serving behavior.   The person in the grip of addiction may give up on living. They can feel dead, like they

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  The Absence of Leadership   Lee Iacocca asks “Where have all the leaders gone?” (Scribner; 2007).    John P. Kotter says, “Most U.S. corporations today are over managed and underled” (Harvard Business School Press; 1998).  Harry K. Jones says in the near future “…leadership skills would be the asset in shortest supply in most organizations” (http://www.achievemax.com/blog/March 05, 2009).   Wow!  These three leadership heavyweights say much in three sentences.  When thinking of the weight of

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An old Chinese proverb says something similar to this: "He who thinks he is leading and has no-one following, is only going for a walk."  This proverb teaches that it is important for leaders to occasionally look behind them to see if anyone is following.  What is it a leader does that causes others to follow?  A good leader has purpose.  A good leader has a destination in mind.  A good leader knows where he or she is going.  Therefore, good leadership

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  WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF LIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING?   During the late 1990s and early 2000s the word in auto sales was that due to the advent of shopping and buying via the internet, soon there would be no need for car salesmen and women.  But I have taken notice that there are still many people who make their living selling cars.  As a matter of fact, I know a dozen or more of

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An employee once told me that a crew member spoke up about a recurring safety issue and was chastised by the safety department for bringing it up for discussion. This may sound impossible to believe, but at that site, the safety department was afraid that recurring safety problems would make them look incompetent to higher-ups. Their reaction to an employee's willingness to speak about a safety concern sent a mixed message that would damage any

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  What Is The Size of Leadership?   What is the size of leadership? Does one size fit all? Are the skills needed to lead an organization of 10,000 any different from those needed to lead a group of 100? These are legitimate questions.   As one grows in his or her understanding of leadership, certainly vision and the ability to see what others do not, increases. This maturation process often times is what opens

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