BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP
Black Belt Leader As Peacemaker
“Peace is a gift, It is a gift we give to ourselves, And then to each other.”
Bridging the values gap in an organization supports thriving not merely surviving! When the company’s core values support employees to be happy and productive, then the environment is the backbone for less health problems and less aggression while productivity is higher. Dr. Martin Seligman (US Zeitgeist 2010) challenged corporate leaders to expand the definition of bottom line to include “achievement, accomplishment and flourishing”. Values are intangible and subtle, yet give us important messages. Frustration, for instance, may be a values indicator indicating when there is a non alignment challenge. It’s often a red flag calling for looking inward, shifting awareness
MAKING A ROAD MAP As a leader, you know how important goals are. You probably review, revise, and renew your company’s goals every six months, but how often have you reviewed your personal goals? And when you do review those goals, how many times have you made a goal to increase or decrease your association with certain kinds of people? One thing is certain. If you don’t have a road map of where to go, you can’t get there. One of the first steps in any journey is to determine where you want to go, and then make a plan
BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP
Black Belt Leader As Beginner: Part Fourteen
“The god of Victory is said to be one-handed, but Peace gives victory to both sides.”
To make change easier, I am always seeking new perspectives that I can share with audiences and clients. The following two analogies connect with many people. Perhaps they will give you a new perspective that will make change easier and faster.
ROCKETS AND CHANGE: Early rockets were designed with two stages – one with the power to “lift off” and the other to boost the rocket high enough so that it could orbit the Earth several times before being pulled back by gravity. Two stages were adequate for the mission UNTIL we
“Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind – even if your voice shakes.” –Maggie Kuhn
Too many people get lost in the noise of today’s world. They remain silent when they have an opinion and should speak up. They follow someone else’s decision, when deep down inside it is not what they really want to do. They let the chatter in their head get
In my last post I stated that I would share the steps necessary to awaken from our dream world. This dream world is comprised of our unconscious activities that prevent us from being fully present in the moment. The following biblical verse from Isaiah is an excellent reference text.
18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isa.
As part of my continuing education, I listened to Angela Lee Duckworth yesterday on TED. The TED Talks on YouTube are a great way to increase your learning. During Angela’s career as a seventh grade math teacher, she discovered that I.Q. was not an indicator of performance. The brightest students did not necessarily make the highest grades, nor did the ones who scored lowest on I.Q. tests make the lowest grades. She quit teaching to pursue a career as a psychologist so she could study kids and adults to discover who was successful and why they were successful. She tried
At the beginning of every new year millions of adults make resolutions to improve some aspect of their life: quit smoking, lose weight, save more money, spend time with family and friends. Though well-intentioned, few actually follow through and achieve their desired degree of success. While each of these goals are beneficial in their own right, on some level they fall short of what is truly most important in life. One who is able to quit smoking, for example, yet continually fights with their spouse has not made the more important improvement.
Suppose a person in a leadership position has the ability to readily attract followers. Suppose that person speaks well, has great vision and ideas and presents him or herself well before the public. What is it that could prevent that person from being a good leader? You guessed it. Negative qualities or character traits can bring death to the life of an otherwise talented leader. No matter whether you get your news from the internet, television, radio or the newspaper, it will not take you long to learn of a politician, religious leader or sports figure that has bitten the