Taking action to capture potential improvements is what change is all about. For the past 100 years, we have used a process-focused approach to do that with limited success. Some companies report significant improvements in production or cost but how many of those improvements are sustained? Other companies experience shortfalls in the expected returns, both for profit and culture change. Again, process changes are made but the results just don't materialize. Logic tells me that

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Wake Up!

Posted by Al Spinks
Category : Blog

In my last post titled: “Activate Your Awareness”, I provided a short exercise with the purpose of helping us to understand that we’re not our thoughts. The point was that our intellectual nature (or mind) consists of many aspects vying for control. Each of these aspects (our conscious and subconscious mind, our will, desires and emotions) as well as other forces, factors and issues submit thoughts to our mind. The mere fact that we’re aware

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One of my clients complained that her boyfriend had an annoying habit of constantly chewing gum. It drove her crazy! "Aside from that, he's perfect." she exclaimed. "But how do I get him to stop? He knows it bugs me yet he continues to do it. He says he's not doing anything wrong and then accuses me of nagging! Can you believe it? If I was doing something that bothered him, I'd stop because I

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP     Black Belt Leader As Martial Artist: Part Four   “Would you rather be right or happy?” —  Jerry Jampolsky   Black Belt Leaders appreciate that the restoration of harmony is the goal of most conflicts. Winning and losing have no place in conflict resolution, unless, of course, one is playing a game, a contest, or involved in a military campaign. This distinction hasn’t always been so clear to me.

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  In the workplace, the accepted approach for addressing discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is to have someone in corporate human resources or a lawyer at a big law firm write a long, wordy, all-inclusive policy against such activity and then insert it on pages forty-five through forty-eight of a 100-page employee handbook. Most of the time, handed to, but not read by, new employees on their hectic first day of employment and then never

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How do you improve your listening skills? The first thing you need to do is become aware of how you listen or how you don’t listen. When you are involved in a conversation, are you dedicated to hearing what the other person is saying? The first step is to give your full attention to who is speaking, stop whatever you are doing, and eliminate any distractions such as reading, texting or working on the computer.

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  Why I Consider Myself an “Inspirational” Speaker and not-so-much a “Motivational” Speaker.   Although motivate and inspire are thought of as synonyms, there are significant and real differences between motivating and inspiring someone.    A motivational speaker tries to motivate or compel the listeners to act in a specific, certain, defined way as dictated by the presenter or the assigned topic. An inspirational speaker, moves or influences thought on the part of each individual

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   Strategies for Less Stress   Stress and anger are natural human emotions.  Definitions of stress include a feeling of being "overwhelmed" and "out of control."  When solutions are not evident stress and frustrations rise, sometimes to an intolerable level; variable among individuals. Then, it is often flight or fight.   Overload of frustrations can lead into the direction of unacceptable anger, violence or go the opposite way towards depression, when it is suppressed.  Here

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In 1902, Mr. James Cash Penney founded the J.C. Penney Corporation. When he was in his 80's, he was still actively leading the company. At that time, a reporter asked him if his vision was still good. He answered "My eyesight is not as good as it used to be, but my vision has never been better." An organization's vision is formed by the executive team that leads it. That vision is directly connected to

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I've never met anyone who wasn't afraid of something. I have encountered those who claim they aren't scared of anything but upon deeper introspection, they realize that there are things in life that they worry about or that concern them.  (Both worry and concern are milder forms of fear.) There are some common fears that the general population agrees upon: losing someone you love,  becoming unemployed, street violence, death, war, terrorism, financial issues, natural disasters,

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