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Servant leadership

Servant leadership is both a leadership philosophy and set of leadership practices. Traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid.” By comparison, the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of...

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Ikigai – “What do you wake up in the morning for?”

What do you wake up in the morning for? What is your reason for being? How many times in your life have you asked yourself this question? Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has...

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Teamwork

Teamwork. Pile driving with a tambourine... Not a hammer... https://youtu.be/cFb0nLCKypg

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The Power of Song

Can culture hold a people together and song save a nation? These short video clips gave me pause, and nudged me to reflect upon the many solemn blessings of our freedom, often taken for granted. Oh, that we hold ourselves to a higher purpose through these trying...

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It’s the Culture

COO to CEO - "Why are things not clicking? We've got the Vision, Mission, Strategy, Tactics, Objectives, Game Plan, Goals, Funding, Talent, Technology, Economy is up, Tasks/Action Items... but we don't seem to be getting anywhere. What did we forget?" Often times...

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What is Consciousness?

What is consciousness? What is the link between consciousness and our brain? How does consciousness affect our mind, and how does it shape our lives? Is consciousness separate from our brain; like a radio that receives the signal? It's a well known fact that the...

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Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success

She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She's best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been...

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Intuition vs. Instinct

The subconscious mind can make roughly 10-million observations in any one setting, whereas, the conscious mind can only keep track of about 100. This means that 99.999% of the observations you make you are not consciously aware of. Intuition can be described in...

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The Root of Fear

“There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety, and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary...

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Perception is 9/10th of the Law

Back in the early 1990's, on the first day in my new position as Marketing Director, one of the first things I learned was that our division was not permitted to grow to more than 4% marketshare; this because the entire corporation lost money one quarter due to the...

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Steps to Being Awesome

Get cape. Wear cape. Fly... We have all experienced moments in our lives where everything just comes together in some almost magical way --whether playing music, participating in a sport, or just getting totally absorbed in a project. These moments are timeless,...

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Celebrating Our Nation’s 240th Anniversary

While the below comments offered by Lynn Grabhorn may be stated a bit to the extreme, they do bring some good points to light, and the audio is relevant and timeless. Lynn Grabhorn - "We may have been taught, and therefore have believed, that we live at the mercy of...

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The Man In The Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives...

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Don’t Aim at Success

“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than...

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Inspirational – Steve Jobs

INSPIRATION | Follow your heart "Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by DOGMA, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice, and most...

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Servant Leadership – It’s More Than Kumbya

Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined...

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Sarcasm, Really?

Sarcasm: The use of irony to mock or convey contempt...  Anyone who has suffered from the sarcastic remarks of others will not be too surprised to learn that sarcasm, "a cutting remark," comes from a Greek verb, sarkazein, that literally means "to tear flesh like a...

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Rainfall Forecasting

You might be asking why there an article about "rainfall forecasting" on a business website. Well, humor me and read on. I promise you won't be disappointed. It was back during a time in the 1990's at Motorola that later became known as "The DRAM Days." We had just...

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The Face Painter’s Face

It was time for our annual division picnic; employees, families, pets; food, drink, games and hanging around the picnic benches. Fun for all. I assigned myself to be the photographer for the event. Very much the wanna-be pro I knew that if I took a lot of photos some...

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Enabling Others To Act

Enabling others to act is one of the five principles of leadership called out by Jim Kouses and Barry Posner in their book, The Leadership Challenge. One aspect of enabling others to act is knowing how to delegate, but it is much more and is deeply intertwined with...

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Servant Leadership and the Marine Corps

Marines who have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for fellow Marines and the mission have best exemplified the "sacrificial mode" of Servant Leadership. It is embedded within the context of the core values of the Marine Corp’s rich heritage of personal...

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The Leadership Challenge

Whether in uniform, suit or jeans these practices stand the test of time, and yes, a spiritual male can be on top at work. Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior—an observable set of skills and abilities. The “Leadership Challenge” by Jim Kouze and...

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At the Heart Of Leadership

Organizations change. They have to in order to address the changing needs of those they serve; the end customer, the stakeholders and the employees. We’ve heard all our lives that “change is inevitable” – “change before you have to” – “the only constant in life is...

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Servant Leadership, An Oxymoron?

Believe it or not, Servant Leadership is a concept that is as old as time, and is one often misunderstood and thought of as an oxymoron in a parochial sense. The term “servant” is generally defined as a person who performs duties for others, especially a person...

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Finding Your Voice and Learning to Lead

Back in 1990, as I was beginning to find my stride inside Motorola, we were faced with many large changes on a corporate-wide basis. These were not product changes, although there were plenty of those as well. These were changes that sought to speak to the essence of...

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