This post is about one of the most powerful but hidden barriers to change. When people attend leadership training, they are asked to say and do things differently so that they can be more effective as a management team. Perhaps this kind of change involves leading the morning meeting, using an agenda for meetings, assigning action items, following up as promised, etc. These are all value-added activities; however, at the core of these kinds of

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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