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Growing the Leader in Us

Six critical areas of personal development for inner self-leadership to move outward to influence, guide, support, and lead others.

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Growing at the Speed of Change

Change happens. We can't control much of the world changing around us. But we can control how we respond. We can choose to anticipate and embrace changes or resist them. The choice is ours.

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From Phase of Life to Way of Life

We need to be careful about what we wish for – the popular goals of security, stability, and predictability are deadly. The closer we get, the more our growth is stunted and learning reduced.

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Focus and Context: The Hub of Leadership

The hub of leadership, Focus and Context, is where the contrast between management and leadership is possibly at its sharpest. It is the very beginning point of strong leadership.

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Emotional Empowerment Builds Commitment

Most managers recognize that one of their key roles is motivating others, and the key to motivation is empowerment. Internal commitment is participatory and very closely allied with empowerment.

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Education and Communication Build Commitment

If we want people on our team or in our organizations to behave like business partners, we need to treat them that way. Education, combined with powerful communication systems, processes, and practices, is one of the keys to organizational learning and innovation.

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Discipline Can Be Habit Forming

Our discipline and habits spring from our passion and commitment. To motivate myself, I need to find ways to increase my passion and get my heart into it.

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Deepening Our Discipline

Discipline means having the vision to see the long term picture and keep things in balance. Regret can cost hundreds of hours, discipline costs minutes. An ounce of bite-my-tongue can outweigh a ton of I-am-so-sorries.

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Cultivating Leadership

Unhappy and poorly served staff passes how they are treated to their customers. In today's workplace, a management style of pushing people around often pushes the highest performers right out the door.

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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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Choosing Our Poison or Choosing to Let Go

Holding on to destructive emotions is slow suicide. For our own health and happiness, we must exercise our choice to let go.

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Choice More than Chance Determines Our Circumstance

Dwelling on our problems rather than our possibilities comes all too naturally. Too often we choose to curse the darkness rather than light a candle

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Changing Me to Change Them

"We must be the change we wish to see in this world." — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist and spiritual leader who developed the practice of nonviolent disobedience that forced Great Britain to grant independence to India in

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Change or Be Changed

Failing to respond to inevitable change, results in being victims of change.

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Change Management is an Oxymoron

Change can't be managed. Change can be ignored, resisted, responded to, capitalized upon, and created. But it can't be managed and made to march to some orderly step-by-step process.

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Change Management Can Lead to Rigidity and Resistance to Change

"Change Management" is an oxymoron. A successful change/improvement path will evolve as we approach each fork in the road and take advantage of the unforeseeable opportunities that quietly present themselves along our journey.

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Change is Life

The faster the world changes around us, the further behind we fall by just standing still. If the rate of external change exceeds our rate of internal growth, just as the day follows night, we will surely be changed.

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Change Checkpoints and Improvement Milestones

Many paths lead to higher performance. By using change checkpoints and improvement milestones we can chart our path's success as we blaze our own trail toward ever-higher performance levels.

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Breaking Out of Our Mental Prisons

Self-imposed mental wheelchairs hold so many people back from being highly effective leaders. Change what happens in our head, and the universe changes

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Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up Change Processes

Managers' behavior is the single most important variable in the success or failure of any organization's change or improvement effort. This starts with recognition that the organization is full of current or potential change champions.

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