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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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Hypocrisy and Egotism: Me-Deep in Fooling Myself

Hypocrisy is "the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness." Authentic leadership is from the inside out. When we are true to ourselves and actively blaze our own leadership pathway, it's impossible to be a leadership hypocrite — despite how others might see us.

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How Visioning Helped My Passion and Persistence

Create strong passion with a clear and compelling vision and hang in there during the inevitable downs and defeats until dreams are realized.

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How Visioning Changed My Life

Visioning is where my personal effectiveness quest began, in 1974. Even now, as I recall that turning point in my life, a shiver runs up my spine.

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How Total is Your Quality Management?

Discipline, consistency, and new habit formation moves organizations from Partial Quality Management to true Total Quality Management.

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How to Make Effort Rewarding

A high level of employee involvement leads to the creation of an effective reward and recognition program.

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How Many Companies Lose That Loving Feeling

Many successful companies are started by passionate zealots, full of energy and excitement. But once the Technomanagers take over, people are turned into their roles, systems, and processes — then their heart and soul are lost.

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How I Express My Personal Purpose

The determination to live out my purpose and dreams has been a strong personal motivator. It makes me wonder just how many unrealized dreams have died with their dreamers.

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Honesty and Integrity Build a Foundation of Trust

Honesty and integrity are key ingredients in developing trust. Trust is a key element in establishing credibility. Our credibility is at the center of our ability to influence others and provide strong leadership. Examples of characteristics that are the hallmark of strong leaders — sincere, truthful, trustworthy, reliable, principled, and genuine.

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High Performance Organization Structures and Characteristics

Research and experience shows that the shape and characteristics of high performing organization structures have a number of common features.

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Harnessing the Power of Teams

Today's highly effective teams have a broad ownership and participation in the team's tasks and how everyone works together to achieve them. Team members and leaders share responsibility for the effectiveness of the team. One of the best indicators of the strength of a team is the "We to Me" ratio.

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Harnessing the Energy of Change Champions

When I look back at the hundreds of team or organization changes I've been involved in during the last three decades, the most successful – and certainly all major ones – were driven by "monomaniacs with a mission."

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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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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 Others into What They Could Be

A leader sees people as they could be, seeing beyond current problems and limitations to help others see their own possibilities.

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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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Good Feedback Benefits Both Giver and Receiver

Feedback can be destructive when it serves only one's own needs and fails to consider the needs of the person on the receiving end. Good feedback takes into account the needs of both the receiver and giver.

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Goal Setting Can Limit Our Flexibility and Learning

Goals define what you want to have, not what you want to become. Goals are, however, targets that help us immensely in moving from a general vision to a specific set of priorities and actions.

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Getting it Together: Integrating Customer Focus

Change direction from internal to customer focus, functional to horizontal management and management-centeredness to total involvement.

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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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