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Life Long Learners Make A Difference

"I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders." -- Tyra Banks Getting started with a personal development program is always a reality check; we must know who we are and where we are. Coming to understand what we don't about where we want to go is a game-changer. We read and listen to gain knowledge; we put that knowledge into practice, assessing the outcomes to acquire wisdom and understanding. Now that we know more, we can do more, and the development cycle begins again. I'm all for education, yet; it's the life experience that gives...

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The Importance of PLANNING AHEAD

"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near one." – J.R.R. Tolkien The above quote from "The Hobbit" is about planning ahead and the importance of identifying possible risks as a significant part of any proposed project. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge of 1940, aka "Galloping Gertie," is a case in point. In seeking to build a lighter, less expensive bridge, a few "dragons" were unaccounted for, and the dangers were significantly underestimated. "Galloping Gertie" On November 7, 1940, at about 11 a.m., the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses in a high wind....

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Choosing A Transformational Lifestyle

"Change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice." Heather Ash Amara We live in a complex, rapidly changing society, and it presents challenging times for leaders to navigate successfully. Finding common ground for teams to work together is essential. Who can deny that the social and political landscape is in transition, and the long-term social changes resulting from COVID-19 remain to be seen. Leaders are tasked with understanding the current trends and making difficult decisions in the rapidly changing times in which we live. The changes we are seeing are transformational, which means many of the norms we are...

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Good Communication Reduces Complication

Have you ever had an important conversation on your mobile phone with a bad connection – a weak signal? There’s gaps in mid-sentence, static, all sorts of distortions, and that annoying dropped call. I’m sure it’s happened to all of us. A weak signal produces poor communication which will lead to a disconnect between both parties. Poor communication is a waste of time. If we’re not connecting we’re not communicating, and if we’re not communicating we’re accomplishing nothing. “The art of communication is the language of leadership” James Humes I doubt that any good leader would disagree with me when...

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Authentic L.O.V.E. Driven Leadership

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell Lieutenant Colonel Joe Ricciardi stood before his battalion of 1000 soldiers deployed with clearing roads of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan, and gave them one simple message: You need to love one another. A nervous energy moved through the room. “I got a few funny stares, I saw a few smirks,” Ricciardi recalls. “But after reinforcing the concept I realized that they ‘got it’ – they understood.” Drawing from research in psychology and other fields, Ricciardi defined love as...

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The Overwhelming Power Of Vision

“It’s always empowering preparing for the future when your helping to create it!” – JSP Vision is something that we imagine, something in the future we see, not with our eyes, but with our mind. This ability allows us to think and plan our future by intentionally applying wisdom, knowledge, and a well thought out action plan to our imagination. All leaders are visionaries to some degree, they utilize their imagination, to envision a better future. They’ll pursue their vision until it begins to recreate their current reality. It will eventually reprioritize their daily agenda. Everyone has a vision, yet...

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Failure – Don’t Make It Personal

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” - Eloise Ristad The phrase “To err is human” has been around for ages and is a valid statement. Who among us hasn’t failed in the pursuit of a worthy vision or objective? Haven’t we all made poor or ill-advised decisions? None of us plan to fail or make poor decisions, yet we do; it’s a part of life. Sometimes people fail and make it personal, resulting in being hard on themselves. At other times, they may feel it necessary to blame someone...

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Opportunities Are There For The Taking

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." - Ann Landers Every morning presents new opportunities that provide endless possibilities if we have the right mindset. New opportunities usually present unique challenges. New challenges come with a need for some problem-solving. Solving problems opens the door to new opportunities. So, how do you respond when opportunity knocks? Seizing opportunities isn't always easy. If it were, everyone would do it. Rose Leadem says, "Ironically, hard work is the key to taking advantage of opportunities. If you put in the time, effort, and commitment, you'll open many...

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The Liberating Power of Authenticity

"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice, to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen." - Brené Brown Life is less complicated when we choose to be truthful; those little lies we think are inconsequential raise our relationships' stress levels. Studies have shown that honesty is foundational to relational longevity. Meaningful relationships stand the test of time and weather the storms of life because of trust built with a good character driven by authenticity's high-quality value. Honesty is...

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Facing Challenges – Understanding Seasons

To be able to shape your future, you have to be ready and able to change your paradigm." – Joel Barker We can all agree that having a leader's responsibilities doesn't necessarily make a person a leader, much less a high-quality one. Being a high-quality Leader requires being challenged, possessing resiliency, and sometimes testing to the breaking point, which calls for a leadership paradigm. Whether leading an organization, a community, or holding public office, leaders must make difficult decisions under all kinds of pressure. Over the past year, we have faced challenges no one could've foreseen. David Mammano writes, "If...

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