Many people assume team building can be accomplished through a series of team bonding experiences. I believe these experiences are helpful; however, the essence of building a team is in the debriefing or the creating of a new mindset. The mind is our most powerful tool. Our actions are only a reflection of what the mind is creating. In order to boost sales, productivity, or morale, the place where people must change is in their

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Beginner: Part Six   “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller   My niece Danielle was 3 years old and riding in the the backseat of my brother’s

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Attitude Challange Has your life ever hit what seemed like a permanent rough patch, where things seemed so unchangeable that you contemplated suicife for years?  Some situations can't be or won't be changed. Given current conditions, they are unchangeable. Times like this are when gratitude is the only antidote. Caring about others is a source of gratitude that never dries up. What if it won’t quit raining? The storm just keeps on coming. Getting our Attitude

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The 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 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 through a one-inch thick wooden board karate-style! As we prepare for the

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As a professional speaker I have become known as “America’s Breakthrough Coach!”  I love this title because I believe passionately that we are all in the business of breaking-through.  Whether we’re moving from fear to freedom, from failure to faith, from angst to awareness, or from ego to “we-go,” seizing the WOO (Window of Opportunity) requires us to move beyond limits, obstacles, fears, or doubts. Every day as parents we are in the breakthrough business teaching our

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For Father’s Day, my son and I were invited by some friends to attend a professional baseball game.  We were told the tickets we were given would give us the “best seats in the house.”  When Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. he was sitting in the “President’s Box.”  Why?  Because the seats in that box provided the best overall view of all that could be seen on

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What feelings and emotions are generated within others—whether teammates, family, friends, or customers—when you sincerely and unselfishly accept responsibility for errors and decisions that did not produce desired results? Instantly others rally around you. Past problems and mistakes have now been accounted for and they are free to let go of the past and move forward to tackle the present and future. Your teammates respect your courage, honesty, and willingness to express your human fallibility.

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When it comes to team building, say 'goodbye' to blame! To become an extraordinary parent, leader, coach, and catalyst you must move beyond blame. Blame is the most venomous and insidious destroyer of teams, families, and organizations. It eats at you, sucking your energy and infecting your attitude, and actually working against your best team building efforts.. When you think about blame in the context of time, it becomes apparent why blame serves no constructive

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As a collegiate basketball coach for 23 years I understood that we could have great players, but if we didn’t play as a team, we didn’t win. Time and time again we would defeat opponents who relied on one or two players to get them the victory. The truth is a group of people playing as ONE is far stronger than several great players who are in it for themselves. How did my coaching staff

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Leadership and the abilty to lead others is often a skill you learn through life experiences. I learned a valuable leadership lesson when I was a swimming coach. A common technique flaw that many of the kids needed to overcome in the freestyle stroke (or crawl) was the habit of not pulling far enough under the center of their body where they had the greatest leverage and power. But if I attempted to correct swimmers

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