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Living and Learning from Contradictions

“People intuitively strive for continuity between personal expectations and the realities of life.”- JSP We all at one time or another experience some internal tension between beliefs, values, or behaviors that contradict what we currently hold to be true. We choose to work through and rectify our internal inconsistencies because it is essential for us to be honest with ourselves; this isn’t always the case with many. Ignoring the Contradictions There are people who seem to be “walking contradictions.” You know the type; they say one thing and do another, some knowingly, others unaware. There are people hold on to...

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Quality Leaders Intentionally Think Quality Thoughts

“Work on Purpose, Play on Purpose, Rest on Purpose. Do not let yourself or anyone else waste your time.” - Izey Victoria Odiase Most people would agree that we all have a purpose in life yet, so many do not live their lives on purpose. We realize our hopes and dreams by quality, purposeful thinking, which produces high-quality, intentional behaviors designed to align us with our life purpose. Quality Leaders Entertain Quality Thoughts Quality thinking distinguishes good leaders from the rest. Any good Psychologist will tell you that a change in our quality of life begins with a change in...

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An Effective Leader Learns From Effective Listening

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." - Doug Larson Erica Hersh writes, “Effective listening is not something that comes naturally to many people. Being able to listen effectively - and then use these skills for influential leadership - is a skill that must be learned and practiced.” A Lesson in Ineffective Listening “Ineffective communication creates barriers” - Karen S. Johnson Once after a conference, several of us shared our experiences and takeaways; one person needing some help shared their story with us, ending with a question. Having more knowledge...

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Establishing Your Trust Account

“You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible.” – Anton Chekhov Opening a Trust Account The most valuable tool in your leadership toolbox is integrity. Zig Ziglar said, “Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” Isn’t it true that if people trust you, they’ll work with you? It’s always a good character that gets the buy-in from people, and your commitment to a high standard of ethics sustains those relationships. We’ve all seen the results of scandalous behavior among leaders, whether governmental, business, or sports; no matter the issue,...

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Successful Leaders Travel The Path Of Persistence

“You can avoid mediocre outcomes by refusing to take the path of least persistence.” – JSP I wasn’t always persistent; when I was young, I lacked discipline. My parents taught me the value of integrity and being persistent, even when it's difficult. I also heard about the power of persistence from my favorite sports figures; it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I began experiencing its value. I realized that becoming intentionally disciplined and consistent in personal development brought growth in any area I persisted in and maintained my focus. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. encourages, “Let perseverance be...

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Four Key Components To A Leader’s Longevity

“Character extends the longevity of a leader. Spend your life protecting the longevity of your character.” – Myles Munroe I am always researching leaders who remain at the top of their fields for decades. Whenever studying how they stay at the top of their game for so long, I find similarities among all of them. Each being different in skills, personalities, and methodologies, possess qualities that keep them current and influential. What are some key components to a leaders’ longevity? I say “some” key components because there are more; the following I find are common among all lifelong leaders who...

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First Schedule Time For Family

"You are born into your family, and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges." - Elizabeth Berg I’m sure at some point you may have been asked, “If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently?” I routinely assess my past and examine how I should live better, moving forward. Questions like what you want in life, what are you willing to give up to get there, and, at what cost? Ask yourself thought-provoking questions since all our decisions have consequences. I have made some serious adjustments over the years; some adjustments...

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Commit to Living Your Life Under Review

“A person of average intelligence is capable of learning useful life lessons through the act of self-examination.” - Kilroy J. Oldster It’s early October as the fourth quarter begins, so does my week-long personal review of the third quarter. My quarterly reviews are invaluable in keeping me current. It’s these times of reflection where I practice most of my quality think time success. My Quarterly Reviews Helps Me Understand Myself. My quarterly reviews help me avoid the tendency to review past experiences without intentionally assessing them against my life purpose. If I celebrate my successes without understanding how and why...

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Breakthrough With Intentionally Focused Thinking

“It’s not the events that shape my life that determine how I feel and act, but, rather, it’s the way I interpret and evaluate my life experiences.” - Tony Robbins 2020 has been among the most challenging years in recent memory. A global pandemic, a severe economic downturn, multiple thousands of businesses are forced to close, many permanently, and people are left with more questions than answers. Yet amid all the panic, pessimism, and confusion, there are many taking giant steps forward while others are being immobilized by fear. How could there be such disparity of thought between so many...

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The Optimistic Executive

“What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.” – Bob Iger Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Optimism as “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.” I believe that Optimism can be birth within a person who chooses to explore and develop their untapped potential.  Potential always speaks of possibilities, and knowing your potential opens your mind to the opportunities around you, which links your thinking to probabilities. The more you consider the positive aspects of your capabilities, the more your excitement...

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