BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Mentor   “When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we'll see No I won't be afraid Oh, I won't be afraid Just as long as you stand, stand by me.” – Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller, Ben E. King, Stand By Me   “Thanks for standing by me, Robert,” James told me at the end of a

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Sexual harassment permeates our culture.  Even the Centers For Disease Control has conducted extensive studies on the topic because it is pandemic, and does not seem to show any signs of slacking off. On the contrary, we are witnessing the meltdown of an ethos that has guided the American governmental, and business enterprises for generations.  Not that scandal of a sexual nature was not present in the business world, it was however, carefully hidden from

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Divorce is difficult for everyone. Even though children are resilient in many areas of life, divorce takes its toll on the youngest family members as well. While superficially they may appear to be fine, their internal struggles and turmoil are often hidden beneath an exterior of normalcy.  Confusion, anger, hurt, frustration, fear, and anxiety are just some of the emotions children of divorce grapple with. They may be expressed as angry outbursts, moodiness, falling grades,

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Change is inevitable. It never stops. There is a quote that says, “The only thing that remains the same is change.” Why, then, do so many of us fear change in the workplace? Do we fear change or do we fear the unknown? Do we fear change or the possibility that we might fail? Do we fear change or the belief we will have to work harder? When introducing change to the workplace, most leaders

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Stress less to become your personal and professional best!  We can overcome most workplace stress. Learn the following tips and strategies to help create greater stress management/reduction for increased productivity, focus and  creativity in the workplace as well as improved health and happiness!     Learn Relaxation Breathing and Mindful Meditation and practice daily.  There is a "spillover" effect!   Learn how cope with difficult colleagues by talking with an expert or attending a seminar

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Since the beginning of time, wars have been fought in an effort to bring about peace. Have we accomplished that yet? Maybe violence isn't the answer.  I am a peace lover. Not only do I promote peaceful coexistence but I also live peacefully with others. I do not argue or fight; I do not promote or instigate dissension between family or friends; I am careful never to offend anyone and apologize quickly if I do.

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BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP Black Belt Leader as Visionary: Part Two    “A recent national study conducted by MSW Research placed the number of ‘fully engaged’ employees at 29%, and ‘disengaged’ employees at 26% – meaning nearly three-quarters of employees are not fully engaged (aka productive).” – Forbes                                                           

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How many times have you introduced change to your team members and been met with resistance? What causes this resistance? FEAR There are many reasons why your team members react poorly to change.  The first one is fear. They have many fears, but the primary one is how the change is going to affect their job. Believe it or not, most people are self-centered. They are not company centered. They have to know what is

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  Workplace harmony is largely dependent on generational awareness training. Many Baby Boomers are delaying retirement and are working side by side young people young enough to be their children – or grandchildren. Have you heard many Baby Boomers are workaholics while younger workers may demand more of work -life balance?  There are distinctions in core values, behavioral, communication and lifestyles among the generations.  The solution for a growing number of companies is generational awareness

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Having attended and officiated at dozens of weddings, I have come to a conclusion: after every wedding there is a marriage! Some get off to good starts while others begin amidst conflict and uncertainty. Some marriages are healthy and others are sick. Some marriages last a long time and many do not. But, no matter how you slice it; no matter if the wedding is at the courthouse or the church building, no matter if

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