Goal Setting? Try a sticky goal

Posted by Devona Williams, Ph.D. on January 01, 2000
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How many times do you get to Friday and realize that you have not achieved what you set out to do?  Many of us have written plans and goals and even "To Do" lists but getting the major goals accomplished is often difficult.  Time management can be challenging for business people today as our personal lives morph into our business lives and vice-versa. Out biggest goals are often the most difficult so we push them

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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