Congratulations! You’ve been asked to lead or chair an event, committee or project in your community.  You eagerly accept.  Now where do you begin? You have interest in the project and you like the idea behind the cause but now that you’ve been asked to be in charge you don’t know what to do.  Is this you?  Sometimes we are eager to lead but realize that while we are not lacking in our passion we

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    Good news!: We can overcome most workplace stress.  Creating mindfulness practices at work as well as mindfulness based meditation  ”work breaks” helps to reduce stress and recharge creativity, focus and productivity. Workplace stress occurs when there is not enough mindfulness in the workplace. Here are a few facts about workplace stress: Workplace stress costs the United States more than $300 billion each year in health care,  missed work and stress reduction efforts. Stress

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PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU FOR SPECIFIC REASONS Did you know that a recent Gallup research has indicated that people follow leaders for very specific reasons? People described those reasons with astonishing clarity. They were trust, compassion, hope, and stability. In order to have others trust you, you first have to trust yourself. When you initially ask yourself if you are trustworthy, you will probably do what I did and nod your head affirmatively. But when you

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Most companies struggle with the change process. Even if they have invested in new equipment, expected ROIs often do not materialize and culture seldom changes. Why? Not for the reasons you think. Did you know that your management system is the problem? Management systems ARE NOT designed to reveal potential, promote change, optimize performance or change culture. This means they are not designed to support your change efforts! In fact, they work against your efforts

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Road rage is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths in this country. According to a report by CNN, an estimated 28,000 people each year are killed due to aggressive drivers. It's easy to  see how cities such as Miami, NY, Boston, LA, and Washington DC (the cities with the most offenses) have a higher than average number of stressed out, hostile drivers. Yet stress isn't the cause of road rage as some

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                                                                            Ty Cobb was one of baseball’s greats.  His lifetime batting average was an astounding .367.  He was the last man to hit over .400 in a full season.  It is told that when he was seventy years

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What do you do when you’re not sure what to do? I think we’ve all had to experience physical and emotional storms where life seems to be getting the best of us. No matter how hard we try we just can't seem to get back on our feet before life sends another haymaker storm our way. If you believe in God or a higher power, you may have prayed and asked for guidance but to

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Creating and maintaining a positive attitude is necessary for successful leadership, and success in general. An attitude of optimism, expectancy and enthusiasm fosters opportunity and growth.   A positive attitude attracts others to your side and encourages them to do their best work. Your attitude will stay upbeat when you: ~ Act with purpose. Before you take any action, look at your greater goals.  The connection must be strong to be worthwhile. Aimless activity wastes time

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"The sharpest sword is a word spoken in wrath." (The Buddha). A little boy, prone to anger, was told by his father, "Every time you're angry, drive a nail in that wooden fence. When you've learned to control your anger, start removing them." Six months later, the boy had removed every nail he had driven. Triumphant, he showed the fence to his father. The father sadly pointed out, "See the holes? The fence will never

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LEADERS HELP PEOPLE DISCOVER THEIR POTENTIAL How can you help your team members find their true potential? Did you know that most of your employees don’t know where they want to go? They don’t have an action plan of what they want. It is difficult to be motivated or inspired when they don’t know where they want to go. You’ve probably heard this quote: “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” If you asked your

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