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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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,

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  I. Success – “Decide Success: Twelve Action Steps from Vision to Faith – Students, executives, professionals, managers, sales, supervisors, office, plant, etc.”   II. Inspiring – “Reclaim Positive Perspective by Embracing Adversity:  Recognizing Inspirational Silver Linings that Reveal Your Life's Purpose –  You have the Power to Create Your Own Personal Transformation Plan”   III. Law – “Just Enough to be Dangerous: What every person should know about the Law & Proactive Prevention Programs –

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I’ve been blessed in my life. I’ve had eighteen dogs, all of whom were sweet and loving. I’ve never had an aggressive dog with the exception of one – Huggy Bear. Huggy was a black Great Dane that came to us when he was just a pup. Big floppy ears, giant paws, and a single white spot on his chest – he’s going to be a perfect dog for our four young children, I thought.

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Historically, today’s workplace is the most diverse with respect to age that has ever existed. Understanding generational influences and characteristics that have been researched and reported by various authors can help you to understand why employees may not be connecting in the workplace.  When considering the characteristics of each generation it should be understood that demographics are generalizations that point to trends rather than finite data facts. Traditionalists, Silent, Veterans………………………………….Born between1927–1945 Baby Boomers……………………………………………………….. Born between1946

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JOHN BAUMANN’S “DECIDE SERIES”  I. Parkinson’s Saved My Life: Really? … Really! Truly believing that everything happens “for the best” is a life philosophy that brings the higher level of awareness necessary to make the decision to successfully embrace life’s challenges.    The presenter draws on his own personal experiences with a progressive, degenerative disease early in his adult life to demonstrate that even being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can actually be a life-saving event.

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader As Beginner: Part Fifteen   “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ? John Lennon   Black Belt Leaders value the wisdom of many traditions, especially when it comes to teachings about how to participate with dynamic change.   Traditional peoples over the millennia have grown accustomed to dynamic change as the norm ? being so closely tied and exposed to the

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Few people I know like to the process of resolving disagreements. In fact, when they hear "conflict" they automatically equate it with fighting. Yet one is not  comparable to the other. Conflict is simply two forces in opposition. Fighting is defined with such words as "violent, battle, combat, hostile encounter". Conflict resolution need not be hostile at all. In fact, there are many advantages to having disagreements with others. Our differences challenge us to see

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            What strange thing is man:                     Born without asking:             Lives without knowing:              Dies without wanting! …during the course of life, this strange thing called man must properly manage his life if he or she is going to be an effective leader.  Understanding one’s role as a leader means that attention must be given to living by virtue.  Attention

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