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Thermometer Manager or Thermostat Leader?

Thermostat leaders believe they can make a difference, they work to define and create what could be rather than just reflecting what is. Thermometer managers put the blame on their circumstances for poor results.

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The Choice is Ours

Do not succumb to the highly contagious Victimitis Virus. If we want to change where we'll be tomorrow, we'll have to make different choices today.

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Stop Whining and Start Leading

Less effective managers aspire to lead but end up demoralizing their own teams and frustrating themselves by choosing to be disempowered by their bosses. They unwittingly fall for the cult of heroic management — the notion that leadership comes down from on high.

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Seeing the World as We Are

Whether you think the world is full of richness and opportunity or garbage and despair – you are right because that is your point of focus.

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Our Fate is in Our Own Hands

“People who want milk should not seat themselves in the middle of a field in hope that a cow will back up to them.” — Elbert Hubbard, 19th century American editor, lecturer, and essayist A few years ago, a friend had Ned, a small independent contractor, do extensive renovations to his home. Being a very fussy […]

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Our Attitude More Than Our Aptitude Determines Our Altitude

A well researched book, Emotional Intelligence, brings together the scientific proof that it's our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude.

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Navigating Change and Adversity

'Embrace change' is a useless platitude. We often don't choose the difficulties or negative changes that spring upon us. But we always choose how we respond with these 'how-to' steps for staying above the line.

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Growing @ the Speed of Change: Your Inspir-Actional How-To Guide for Leading Yourself and Others Through Change

Growing @ the Speed of Change: Your Inspir-Actional How-To Guide for Leading Yourself and Others Through Change

The world isn’t spinning any faster. But with the rapid pace of change, it often seems like it. New technologies and 24/7 connectedness make it harder and harder to keep up with demands at work and at home.

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Life Accumulates in Our Personal Choice Accounts

Now is the time to prepare for our next harvest. We can't wait until harvest time to plant the seeds. We can't strike a bargain to plant seeds once we see whether the harvest is worth the effort. Our choices accumulate in our personal choice accounts. We're accumulating deficits or surpluses with each decision we make.

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Leaders Take Responsibility for Their Choices

It's natural to strike out at someone or something that seems to be causing us problems. Instead of tackling the problem, poorly led teams devote their energies to allocating blame and avoiding responsibility.

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Leaders Make it Happen

Leaders act on the belief that choice more than chance determines our circumstance. Leaders don't wait for something to happen, they make it happen.

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Leaders Inspire Their Teams With Optimism

Optimistic, enthusiastic leaders more easily retain top people, compared with those bosses who tend toward negative moods. When the leader is in a happy mood, the people around him or her view everything in a more positive light.

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Leaders Control Their Own Destiny

Leaders refuse to let fate or others control their destiny. Leaders take responsibility for their choices. Such strong leaders remind us that failure is an event, not a person. To fail to attempt is far worse than to attempt and fail.

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Leaders are Made, not Born

Effective leaders are made, not born. If we are not working hard to continually improve our leadership skills because we weren't "born with natural talent" then we are either copping out, misinformed, or both.

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Leaders are Learned Optimists

Optimists excite and arouse others to action by helping them see, believe in, and reach for what could be. To become effective leaders — to see beyond what is to what could be — we need to become "learned optimists."

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Just Go and Do It

Don't wait – initiate! Leaders don't wait for something to happen or someone to tell them what to do.

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If It’s Going to Be It’s Up to Me

Life is an endless series of choices. Happy and successful people take responsibility for choices as well as consequences for their actions.

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Growing with Change

Grow with change by focusing on a vision, choosing your outlook, seeking authenticity, committing yourself with discipline and continue to grow and develop.

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Control Your Own Destiny

Although we cannot control every circumstance, we can control how we deal with the uncontrollable. Amid confusion, we must learn to recognize what can be changed and have the courage to change it.

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Choosing Our Reality

Am I an optimist or pessimist? Which view is reality? Since we see the world as we are, either view becomes our reality. We choose our outlook.

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