“No soul is desolate so long as there is a human being from whom it can feel trust and reverence.” D.H. Lawrence When I was a young man, “legacy” wasn’t part of my thought process. The word wasn’t discussed in our home but “reputation” was mentioned and reinforced often. Perhaps they’re the same. I didn’t know or understand what “legacy” meant, and frankly, I wasn’t the least bit interested what my legacy should or would be. I was too busy with other issues. Leave a legacy? It was the furthest thing from my mind. However, after the plane crash in 1970, my

+ People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. But let God love them through you, anyway. + If you do your best, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Do your best, anyway. + If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed, anyway. + Honesty and frankness may make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank, anyway. + The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. It will help you sleep at night. + People with the biggest dreams can be shot down by those with the smallest minds. Think big, anyway. +

Shared Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Leadership, Shared Leadership

Within the world of business, sports and entertainment there have been many famous partnerships:  Sears and Roebuck, Lord and Taylor, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Elvis and Col. Parker, Ali and Dundee, Frazier and Futch.  Most of these partnerships found success because of a willingness to participate in shared leadership.   Leadership often makes us think of one great person who stands alone with all the answers and wisdom needed to move the organization or team forward.  Shared leadership however, recognizes that no one individual holds all the gifts and knowledge of leadership.  This type of leadership is not


Black Belt Leader as Visionary

“The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.” – John Fowles, The Magus

THE BUY-IN: CRITICISM IS NOT PERSONAL Constructing a team begins with guiding individuals to discover their greatest potential. In order to this, individuals need to be coached so they can address their weaknesses. A team is dependent upon the strengths of each individual, and it is weakened when members are too weak to carry their loads. One of the most critical factors in coaching team members is to teach them that constructive criticism is not personal. It is a necessary piece toward building their talents. It is really an offering of assistance from the leaders who care enough to show

Here are a few thoughts on team building through a breakthrough experience. Brian Biro's breakthrough leadership and team building experienceThe ancient Chinese sage, Confucius once said, “When we hear we forget.  When we see we remember.  But when we DO we understand.”  In my seminars I don’t want participants to simply hear about the concept of leadership, or see an example of breaking through.  I want them to actually experience it!  So the seminar finishes with the remarkable BREAKTHROUGH EXPERIENCE as every participant is given the opportunity to break

What effect will your leadership have on others?  When you breathe for the last time, what will others say when reflecting upon you as a leader?  The following paragraph is taken from the book Understanding Your Role As A Leader.     Lou Saban coached football at the high school, collegiate, and  professional levels.  Under his leadership, the Buffalo Bills won their first championships.  Before its merger with the National Football League, the American Football League boasted teams from such cities as Boston, Oakland, Houston, Denver, Kansas City and Buffalo. In 1964 and again in 1965, the Bills were the champions of the American Football League.  Few

When we make the decision to improve, we learn new things about the processes we are changing. Maybe we learn about new process capability, maybe new cost drivers, or maybe throughput rates or equipment delays that were improperly accounted for. In any case, there is now a decision that has to be made about targets that were set based on the old knowledge base. If targets are deemed immovable, the gains associated with related process changes are NOW AT RISK! Why? It’s not because the process can’t deliver the additional value – it’s because management may choose to



Black Belt Leader: Lessons Learned

“He not busy being born is busy dying.” 

Changes Require Changing

Posted by Al Foxx on January 1, 2000
Category: Acceptence, Blog, Change

Abrupt Changes

Have you learned to use the power of acceptance to change your attitude? Can you change a negative attitude to positive so you keep dancing, even in the rain?