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

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Black Belt Leader As Peacemaker

Posted by Robert Elliott on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Leadership, Peace

  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.” – Richard Goode I was a young boy once. I had a friend whose family had a Christmas tree, and they weren’t very religious. In fact, they were atheists. Though I didn’t ask my friend about this at the time, I wish I had. Because I’ve always wondered why

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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

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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,

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  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.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson Black Belt Leaders appreciate conflict as a natural part of life. When conflict arises, it’s not an aberration or proof that something is wrong; just the

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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

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“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 the best of them and they end-up second

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Stop Dreaming

Posted by Al0703 on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog

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

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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

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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

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