22
SEP
2017

The Wisdom To Know The Difference

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I was recently coaching a leader whose Mom was dealing with some serious health challenges. We discussed how difficult it is to make decisions when a sudden or serious illness strikes. We both agreed that saying The Serenity Prayer helps during these situations. But how do we acquire “the wisdom to know the difference?” How do we make decisions about something we’ve never done before? The answers to those questions are unique to each of us. There is no prescription that works for everyone. However, when we’re facing what may seem like insurmountable problems, it will help all of us if we can develop the spiritual guidance necessary to keep moving in a positive direction. Whether you find spirituality in the pew of a Chapel, Temple or surrounded by nature, each...
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08
SEP
2017

I Have Failed Over & Over

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At the end of Michael Jordan’s championship career with the Chicago Bulls, Nike created a 30-second commercial called “Failure”…and it had nothing to do with shoes. It began by showing Jordan exiting his car under the United Center and entering an empty arena. During his walk to the locker room he said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” How do you feel about failure? If you were asked to narrate a commercial about the times in your life where you failed to achieve your goals, what would you say? Or would you prefer to keep your setbacks...
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31
AUG
2017

I Can Do It!

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“I can do it!” As a successful leader, I’ll bet you say those words to yourself often as you reflect on helping your organization or family create positive change. However, research from McKinsey suggests that over 70% of all organizational change programs fail to live up to their full potential. The reason for these poor results is not because the goals weren’t clear or the team wasn’t talented. It’s because there weren’t enough individuals with the sense of urgency and confidence required to reach those challenging goals. It seems our homes and places of work, worship and education have too many individuals silently saying, “I can’t do it!” The dictionary describes ‘urgency’ as a condition of pressing...
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24
JUL
2017

Working A Little Better Together

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When two or more people work together to achieve a challenging goal, remarkable results can be created. The power and potential of positive teams is truly amazing. Unfortunately, the majority of teams aren’t very good at teamwork. As a result, many individuals prefer to work alone and consider the time spent in team meetings to be less than ideal. “Our ability to work together, to collaborate and cooperate, is undermining America.” ~Warren Bennis~ There is no shortage of opinions on how to improve a team’s performance. Google ‘teamwork’ and you’ll get 99 million results. However, the overwhelming amount of information on the subject actually causes confusion and little or no sustained behavior change. When leaders are confused about what to do...
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