Thursday, May 31, 2007

Would you play a game with no rules?

When you play any kind of games you make sure you understand the rules so that you don't become frustrated. If you feel someone has cheated then you can become disillusioned or even give up playing.

The same is true for business. You need boundaries to ensure that people know how to behave, how to act, what they can do, what they can't do....otherwise resentment will grow. Boundaries are not there to restrict people instead to motivate them, motivation comes from people feeling fairly treated.

When faced with a new team or a new department, make sure that people understand the "rules of the game". You would not play sport or a board game without them....

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Thought on Praise

Always remember

"A pat on the back is only a few inches higher than a kick in the butt"

For a matter of inches, we often forget the former......reach that little higher when you need to and it will increase your leadership potential.

Friday, May 25, 2007

A lesson from a mid-wife

Remember that if there is a problem, you don't always need to sort it! Think of how a mid-wife copes with a difficult birth - if the mother is struggling she doesn't step in and give birth. She stands and
  • Encourages
  • Talks to her and coaches her through the difficulties
  • Supports her
  • Keeps communicating to her, showing empathy
It is easy to step in, but a leader stands back and encourages the "birth of an idea or solution"

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Blog Carnival Of Leadership Development

Welcome to the May 23, 2007 edition of carnival of leadership development.

Christine Kane presents How to Get Nothing Done posted at Christine Kane's Blog

Bradley Woods presents Napoleon Hill Rose to Be Uplifiting posted at Conceive, Believe, Achieve, saying, "Story about Napoleon Hill and his rise to success as a motivational writer, speaker, and presidential adviser."

Anna presents The Strategic Jigsaw at The Engaging Brand

Steve Olson presents Ending the Cycle of Abusive Corporate Management posted at Steve Olson.

Jack Yoest presents Is the Manager Obsolete? Or When Does Consensus Stop? posted at Reasoned Audacity, saying, "This was the theme of a Wall Street Journal article, Managing: Can a Company Be Run as a Democracy?"

Alexandra Levit presents Just Graduating? 5 Career Tips You Won’t Learn in School posted at Water Cooler Wisdom.

Debra Moorhead presents The Key to Great Customer Service posted at Debra

Cade Krueger presents How to Notice an Entrepreneur posted at Write To Right.

Christopher J. Brunner presents Online Meetings, The Board Room Alternative posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, "Using technology to make meetings with staff, clientèle and investors a little less hectic."

almomento presents 10 Steps to Better Efficiency in Your Day to Day Life posted at BurstCreativity.

Scott Lee presents Acknowledge Your First Steps But Always Ask: What is the Next Step? posted at Scott Free Thinking.

wilson ng presents Deep Understanding posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, "In todays world, the person who knows how will earn good money, but a person that TRULY knows why is the one who will be sought after!"

Editor - Dave Prouhet presents People Power - 5 Steps to Increasing Employee Value posted at Business Advice Daily, saying, "The HR Value Proposition Model, outlined the five factors for creating value and reinforced how to manage the most important asset—people."

Coach Peter Khoury presents How to Develop Your Will Power posted at

edithyeung presents The Fork in the Road posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Ted Reimers presents Best Business Schools for the Entrepreneur posted at CampusGrotto.

Laura Ricci presents Intention and Traffic Jams posted at Laura's Winning Ideas, saying, "How does the intention of a leader translate to small changes with big results? This story gives you a way to try out your own leadership growth AND get out of a jam!"

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Positive Thinking - You are in control

I love the work of the Pacific Insitute and Lou Tice is one of the most inspirational people you could ever meet. In his daily newsletter he tells this story

"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

How often we are faced with a choice about how to react to each day's challenges. Do we rail at the outrageous winds of "fate" that pound us from time to time, falling into the pit of self-pity; or do we look upon these moments as opportunities to learn and grow, and broaden the humanity within us?

The good news is that we do have a choice. We can choose to feed the wolf of envy and resentment, or feed the wolf of humility, benevolence and compassion. We can choose to be happy or to be miserable. The choice we make colors our days, our work and our relationships to those around us.

Which wolf do you choose to feed today?"

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Carnival - Business Stories and Anecdotes

Here is the latest carnival of stories that can help you in your business life.

Charles H. Green presents Trust Tip 57: Don't "Handle" Objections posted at Trust Matters, saying, "What my dog taught me about sales."

Michael Anuzis presents How to Negotiate a Pay Raise with Game Theory posted at Empowering People Through Information.

Anna Farmery presents Environment Leadership posted at The Engaging Brand

David presents Just Change Your Mind posted at The Alexander Report

David presents Enhancing Customer Shopping Experience posted at The Alexander Report, saying, "Business strategies to make your retail location stand out and increase sales."

wilson ng presents The Science or Art of Price Setting posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife

Anja Merret presents anja merret - chatting to my generation » Searching for Excellence posted at anja merret

Cardin Lilly Routh presents Keeping Your Precious Things Precious posted at,

John McCrea presents The Secret Sales Power of Underwear posted at The Small Business Leap, saying, "Mix together women’s underwear, music lessons, and the U.S. Postal Service and what do you get?"

Vinu Shankar G presents Management thru stories - Story #1 posted at Story World, saying, "This is an ancedote from a book I read. I hope this brings out a business management moral. "

TherapyDoc presents And Another Thing: British Air and Behavior Mod posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, "Use this story to learn how NOT to do customer service."

Brandon Peele presents Marketing: The Authenticity Fallacy posted at GT.

John Crenshaw presents The One Idea That Took 23 Years To Understand And Changed My Life Forever posted at Dominate Your Life

Dianne M. Buxton presents Persisting Through Tedium to Success posted at manifestingsuccess, saying, "Relating back to a small event that made a lasting impression on me..."

Silicon Valley Blogger presents 6 Ways We’re Managing Our Finances and Our Emotions While Starting A Business posted at The Digerati Life.

Steven Silvers presents Rankles over U.S. News best colleges list hint at bigger issue with media rankings. posted at Scatterbox at, saying, "A lesson in how social media is not business as usual"

Erek Ostrowski presents Ease Up and Don?t Swing So Hard! posted at Verve Coaching

Rickey Henderson presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Stadium... posted at Riding with Rickey.

Hugh Hollowell presents Customer service done right posted at A Politically Incorrect Entrepreneur

Terry Dean presents Do You Grab Your Audiences Attention? posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

Cade Krueger presents Visions of Excitement posted at Write To Right

Wanda Grindstaff presents It's All About Having FUN - Living with Intent posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles,

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

How long does it take to build a ship?

Back in the 1930's it took years, then an upstart called Henry Kaiser came along.

He built his first ship in 240 days.

Soon he built one in 9 days!

Then in a contest with another shipyard he built one in 4 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes!!

Why, because he didn't live by the past, he decided to break the rules, he decided that he wanted to and then concentrated on the "how"

Time is precious, do you set deadlines to the old rules, to the "norm" or do you allow people to think differently?

Friday, May 11, 2007

Anecdotes and Stories for Business

Welcome to the May 11, 2007 edition of anecdotes and stories for presentations.

Anna presents What Makes a Good Present posted at The Engaging Brand

presents Jealousy kills Justice posted at darpan.

Sudhanshu presents Gyaan Sutra: The rant of the entrepreneur posted at Gyaan Sutra.

Rickey Henderson presents Rickey would like to take some time to discuss the... posted at Riding with Rickey, saying, "a story about Rickey's fine automobile."

Craig Harper presents So, You Want to Be a Public Speaker? posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, "Public speaking is a curiosity; most people either love it... or are absolutely terrified of it.Some people are physically ill just saying their name in front of a group... while others will wrestle you to the ground to rip a microphone from your hand." presents How do you teach an eagle how to fly? posted at, saying, "A story that illustrates how we can soar and achieve our dreams by freeing our minds and believing in our hearts that we have it in us to fly and claim the sky."

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Demand the best

Somerset Maughan said
"It's a funny thing about life - if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it"

Remember Steven Spielberg who found a deserted trailer at Universal Studio and put his name on the outside! He put his dream into action, he believed in his talent.
Look around at the talent that exists in your team. What they need for you is to stretch them, to make their dream reality, to treat them as talented people......treat people as successful and watch the confidence flow...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Carnival of Leadership Development

Welcome to the April 24, 2007 edition of carnival of leadership development. I would like to thank everybody for supplying such great links. Development is important for growth both personally and financially - hope these help you.

The Engaging Brand presents Environmental Leadership posted at The Engaging Brand

PicktheBrain presents The 5 Types of Books that Increase Intelligence posted at Pick the Brain.

Erek Ostrowski presents Creating a Culture of Productivity and Success posted at Verve Coaching, saying, "When I work with organizations, I focus on helping them create a culture of productivity and success. Here are three areas I go to work on:"

SpiKe presents How To Delegate posted at Organize IT.

Andrew Michaels presents Chasing Arete posted at Lifecrafting, saying, "This article is about improving your life by making the pursuit of excellence an integral part of your life."

Christopher J. Brunner presents What Makes Women Entrepreneurs Different from Men? posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, "How women entrepreneurs are different from men in the way they handle and run their own businesses."

Joshua Dorkin presents Don’t Just Teach Your Friends to Make Money Online. Partner with Them! by TimeForBlogging posted at Time For Blogging.

Charles Feldman presents Afraid to Give a Speech? Don’t Be! Take Charge. posted at The Feldman Blog.

Shama Hyder presents From Generic to Best Seller- 5 Steps to Changing your Personal Brand Name posted at SHAMA HYDER. com.

Debra Moorhead presents Keep Moving to Succeed posted at Debra

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Creating a moral purpose

Sam Walton, founder of Wal Mart, didn't want to just create a pocket full of money, his mission was "giving customers a good deal". As a leader having a higher mission can help your personal success. Maybe "giving colleagues a great career" would be a fabulous place to start.