BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Team Builder: Part Two   “What happened was: they became a team…. There had been times before…when they acted like a team, but those were very different from feeling like a team…feeling like part of a team is something that happens invisibly. You might call it caring….”  ? E.L. Konigsburg   Sakyong Mipham, a Buddhist meditation teacher, writes about the important role “caring,” as Ms. Konigsburg

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Can Good Leaders Be Created?

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What makes a leader? Is it nature or nurture? Can leaders be created or are they born to be leaders? Do leaders have special DNA which separates them from others? Do they perceive things differently than the masses? I coached collegiate basketball for 23 years, and I found there were very few women who came equipped with all the characteristics which made a good leader. From my perspective leaders worked hard every day, arrived on

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP     Black Belt Leader: Profiles in Courage   “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ? E.E. Cummings   My son Bryce is an amazing guy. He’s 34 years old and an inventor, an entrepreneur and a business visionary. He’s a partner in an urban farming company in Montreal. His business is booming and his learning curve has been quite steep. He’s not only constructing and

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Stress is defined as a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and also may contribute to disease.    The most common currently accepted definition of stress is a sensation that is experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize”.  We can’t always avoid stress, as it is a part of life. However, we can neutralize stress by implementing some positive

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Moving forward in our simple outline for simple leadership, the fifth letter of the word "leader"  is "E" which represents the word "emotive."  Most folks correctly identify this word as having something to do with "emotion."  But in addition to that, the word also means "causing motion."  Due to their influence and vision, good leaders bring about forward motion. This forward motion is called change.  Leadership is all about change.  Without good leadership, manufacturers, churches, civic

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Winning The Race!

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  Winning The Race! In business and in life each of us have experienced difficulties, we have faced obstacles, challenges and failures and have been faced with opposition.  It is at that time when we have to make a decision rather to give in and give up or keep moving forward and stay in the race of what we call life.  It is always easier to just throw in the towel and quit, but quitting

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The Power of Perseverance

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  The Power of Perseverance To be successful as a professional in any field you must have a steadfast winning attitude.  You must be determined, dedicated and devoted to succeed.  This requires a firmly fixed mindset to learn all you can around the profession and then be devoted to the cause and purpose .  Many who are entering into the professional arena for the first time may have predetermined ideas about what they perceive the

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We are a forward thinking society, always looking to the next new gadget or technology.  Yet many of the tools that allow us to succeed, excel or even survive we need to look back to see.  We need to look way back, to the primal days. Take a look at this picture.  Who is in control?  Who is projecting the power?  In a tense negotiation or even a meeting your body language tells all.  Plus

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When leaders decide to play the blame game, it never turns out pretty. It is a game where the rules read that you never have to accept responsibility. You simply blame somebody else for your problems. This is a game where we believe events or people can create or destroy our lives. We believe we have the right to blame others for our failures. When the people at the top of the totem pole blame

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    Thanks for staying with me through the first five parts of Simple Leadership.  Remember that simple leadership is not necessarily easy leadership.  Before we move to the sixth and final communication of this series, let us take the time to review the first five.   “L” tells us that good leaders are listeners.  “E” reminds us that good leaders are encouragers.  “A” tells us that good leaders advance the purpose and vision of

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