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

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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 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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"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

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We are hardwired for success – and we need not settle for anything less! However, success is a relative concept. It means whatever you want it to mean. Success is meaning. The choices we have are: Is success about acquiring physical possessions and positions or – is success about who you are becoming? Current research has revealed the existence of a new, emerging, human DNA. What were once perceived as ‘junk genes’, are now turning

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Anyone in Human Resources who works in California knows that 2013 is once again year for mandatory Supervisor Sexual Harassment training. Since 2005, California has required companies with 50 employees or more to train managers and supervisors to prevent harassment by participating in a two-hour class. Since its initiation as a law, PTI has conducted dozens of these live classes all across California for a wide range of companies. Over the years, we’ve come to

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  I was in Houston this last week teaching procurement negotiation seminars. There are two quotes I distinctly remember from past trips to Texas. One was “Welcome to Texas. If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” The other one, in response to me asking about how the food is in Houston, was “Ain't nobody hungry in Houston.” In my case, that was definitely true. I can still taste the blackened catfish. As also promised, the weather

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