BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Innovator   “To keep our faces towards change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”  – Helen Keller   But how do we as “Black Belt Leaders in the Making” find the courage, as Ms. Keller suggests, “to keep our faces towards change,” especially when we have lost heart and our resistance stifles our ability to move forward?     Answer: Remove

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  The above words are not original to me, and I don’t know who first used them, but I appreciate their rich message.  The Blues is a musical tradition that originated with Afro-Americans in which they put the pain of slavery , segregation, and Jim Crowism into a unique existential poetry that resonated their experiences.  The Blues is about the fear, anger, and shame associated with a way of being.  The Blues are also a

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  In our high powered, fast-paced world of electronic presentations, it is easy to forget some of the basic elements of leadership.  The latest fads, buzz words or methods of presentation often overshadow some of the basics of true leadership. This communication and upcoming ones serve as reminders of the simple aspects that are part of the life of every effective leader.    In order to stay with the theme of simplicity, we will use

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If you work in a mining/manufacturing environment, you attend annual refresher training to increase your awareness of hazards so that you can take action to avoid them and prevent accidents. This training prepares you with skills and a mindset to "work safe". A different set of hazards sabotage your efforts to change. Most of these hazards are excluded from change initiatives, so are often overlooked. Others are labeled as "part of the culture'" and are

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  Here  is what most people say when they're told relaxing reduces stress and changes their attitude. “RELAX?!  How can I let go and relax?   I have this to do.  I gotta go here.  I gotta go there.  People are pulling on me.  My job is stressing me out.  They're talking about cut-backs.  My kids need this, my boss needs that from me.  I don’t have enough time.” Exactly!  That’s why you have to

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Four   “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.” – The Rolling Stones   My son Owen – he’s a really wonderful guy – and when he was a little kid – he’s about 20 now – and we’d ask him what he wanted to do, he’d always say: “Go

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The degree to which leaders experience success or failure in business development depends on whether their core people share the same values.  The vision and strategy are critical to the vitality of the business. However, discovering and developing core values is also a key to successful business growth.  A company's values answer the fundamental business question: Why do we do what we do? Proper core values are fundamental; they are the essence of what makes

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  For years I have studied the insidious reality of persons harmed by perpetrators of sexual abuse.  The ones whose lives have been overthrown by such acts are without number.  Yes, I am aware of the reported statistics, but the unreported incidents far outweigh the reported ones.  The same situation exists with raging nemesis of sexual harassment.  The unreported cases are greater that the reported ones.  This is common knowledge to both researchers and employers.

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  People of all ages – from kindergarten through college – learn, test, perform and create better when exposed to nature – the greenery that reflects growth and sometime pretty gardens. Chances are if you love nature, you are one of the smart people with well-developed five senses, intuition, environmental awareness and reflexes. The concept of green also signifies a sense of community, a sense of sharing and the give and take of open relationships.

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  Some aspects of leadership are simple.  Remember: simple and easy are not the same thing.  But, some aspects of leadership are simple.  Returning to our outline taken from the word “leader”, this communication focuses on the letter “E”.   “E” can stand for many things in the life of a leader.  From the simple approach to leadership “E” represents the word encourager.  All good leaders need to be encouragers because at one time or

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