BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP Black Belt Leader as Team Builder: Part Three “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”  – Albert Einstein Here’s an example of a company – Southwest Airlines – whose practice of “hiring for attitude” bears witness to Einstein’s vision of equality among all human beings. “Not everyone who applies for a job at Southwest Airlines makes it through

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“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

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+ 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

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Shared Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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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

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BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP Black Belt Leader as Visionary “The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.” – John Fowles, The Magus In the short statement below, Albert Einstein asks, “Is the universe a friendly place?” This is especially pertinent for those of us who aspire to become true Black Belt Leadership masters. Because how we interpret and respond to Einstein’s question will fundamentally influence our choices and actions as leaders in

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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

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Here are a few thoughts on team building through a breakthrough experience. 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 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

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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

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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

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   BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP Black Belt Leader: Lessons Learned “He not busy being born is busy dying.”  — Bob Dylan       It was late in the day. I had been working with nine supervisors at a manufacturing plant outside of Chicago — first as a group in the morning and then with each person individually in the afternoon. I was exhausted and yet I had one more individual session to do. Marci had

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