The Spiritual Solution to Anger

Posted by Janet Pfeiffer on January 01, 2000
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Category : Anger, Blog, Spirituality

I’ve spoken many times about the importance of all feelings, anger included. With every emotion we experience, we have the ability to learn much about ourselves. No feeling is inherently wrong. It’s how we choose to express and use them that determines their value. In The Secret Side of Anger, I address the three root causes of anger and how to heal each of them. Not being a proponent of control, I have found that the best approach is to understand why a particular feeling has emerged, how to express it appropriately (if doing so is necessary at all) and

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TAKING THE SHORTCUT WITHOUT DOING THE HOMEWORK How many times as a leader have you tried to take a shortcut only to discover it was the long road? Maybe you thought you’d take the shorter route determined by MapQuest only to discover fewer miles didn’t equal less time. Or maybe you thought you would forego learning about your past, so you could jump right into the future only to discover your future seems to be a repeat of your past. I’m not advocating that you forget about taking shortcuts. Some shortcuts work. What I am saying that those shortcuts work,

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP Black Belt Leader As Beginner: Part Twelve “But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.” ? John Steinbeck, East of Eden How do we as “Black Belt Leaders in the Making” discriminate between what we “may” do and “may not” do? One way is through our intellect: we can use logic. Another is through our bodies —

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  What can you do to be more successful? My mother had said to me hundreds of times, “Everything happens for the best.” Almost a year after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s sitting in her living room having casual conversation, her favorite commentary changed. “Well, remember John, everything happens for a reason.” What had always been the “best” was now a mediocre “reason”, solemn and unexplainable “reason”? When I confronted her about it, she reluctantly explained, “I can’t imagine that your Parkinson’s Disease is for the best.” I felt a sudden rush. I didn’t know it then, but I had

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USING WORDS TO CREATE IMAGES How important is the language leaders use? Have you ever thought about the specific words you use to describe something and how those words affect your team members? You’ve probably heard the concept of changing the word “problem” to the word “challenge.” Did you think switching those words was trivial? After all, how could substituting one word for another change the outcome of anything? The truth is that language is a signal for images. If you want to alter the outcome of an event, you can change it by the way you show your team

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The People First® Business Strategy Map: The Ultimate Peak Performance Foundation for Sustainable Success By Jack Lannom   I’ve got three quick questions for you. First: How does your organization perform at strategic thinking? Most organizations have established a long-term goal or goals more specific than “to remain profitable.” Having established a clear-cut target for future success, your strategic plan should identify all the elements and processes that will make that goal become a reality. So I’m assuming that, to echo George Barna, you have chosen to live by design rather than to live by default. You’ve developed a strategic

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Peace on Earth: Beyond the Season

Posted by Janet Pfeiffer on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog

Ah, the holidays! A wonderful time of the year for many reasons: the birth of Jesus, Christmas decorations, the exchanging of gifts, families coming together to celebrate, and holiday carols that remind us of "peace on Earth, good will towards men". It' s a lovely sentiment that for most seems as elusive as the unicorn and as unattainable as achieving perfect health. How can we possibly have world peace when we cannot even get along with our spouses, parents, and siblings? Putting up with some of them for a brief amount of time during Dec. stretches our patience to the

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The goal for my clients is to SOAR! ~  both in their professional and personal lives because certainly there is overlap and all make up the sum of your parts. I am talking about being/feeling in control of your thoughts and actions, not allowing yourself to become “overwhelmed”,  letting go of past issues and traumas so that each interaction, each endeavor is played out to it’s fullest, highest potential and capacity.   Understand  when your “tipping point” is  and it’s time to move on. It’s about being resilient, bouncing back, overcoming fears around past circumstances that may be blocking you from

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For 100 years, improvement work has focused mostly on processes (since the time that process improvement started in the early years of Ford Motor Company). This focus has ignored the barriers to change. These barriers come the management system – from management processes and management team interaction and are like the lid on a jar, but are invisible. The lid on a jar keeps the content of the jar inside the jar and prevents things on the outside from getting in. Barriers that make up the lid hide potential, prevent new ideas from coming in and keep old ideas and

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Tugboats and Submarines

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Leadership

Recently my wife and I took a cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  While in Cozumel, I stood on the aft deck waiting for clearance to go ashore.  As I waited I saw a submarine crossing the harbor.  After several minutes I noticed a tugboat several hundred feet in front of the submersible ship.  A minute or so later I looked again and it seemed the submarine was following the exact line of travel as the tugboat.  After another minute or so, I looked a third time and noticed the distance between the two vessels seemed not to have changed.  So,

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