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Learning and Growing

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

Our rewards in life will always match our service. You will almost always get general agreement. People will nod their heads and say, Yes, that’s certainly true. They will then go their ways and never realize, for the most part, how close they came to a truth so great and all-enveloping that their every thought and action is affected by it.

Another good way to look at this law is on the basis of giving and receiving. Giving means let go of, completely abandon. Unfortunately, most people have been conditioned to trade rather than give and are not even aware of it. The individuals who truly give are richly rewarded.

It’s not the job, it’s the person, it’s not your present circumstances which count, but the circumstances you make up your mind to achieve that are important. The only limit on your income is you. And the income you decide upon can be achieved within the framework of your present work, industry or profession where you already have a start and a place.

All you need is the plan and the courage to press on to your destination, knowing in advance that there will be problems and setbacks, but knowing also that nothing on earth can stand in the way of a plan, backed by Persistence And Determination. Every person should know happiness in their work and home and prosperity.

It all gets back to the law that controls everything in the universe: Cause And Effect. The cause must preceed the effect, or the effect cannot occur. This is why people who try to get something for nothing are only fooling themselves and earning the disillusionment and frustration they must one day reap. You can have what you want. You need only make up your mind.

If you don’t like your income, you must devise ways and means of increasing your service. And this is an individual thing, no one can do it for you although you can get ideas from others. Your service must come out of you, your mind, your abilities and your energy. A strong person cannot make a weak person strong, but a weak person can become strong on their own by following a specific course of action for a sufficient length of time. And a person who’s already strong can become alot stronger.

It’s the same with this business of money. A person who refuses to do more than they’re being paid for will seldom be paid for more than they’re doing. You may have heard someone say, Why should I knock myself out for the money I’m getting??? Now it’s this attitude which, more than anything else, keeps a person at the bottom of the economic pile.

This person doesn’t understand that only as we grow in value as persons, we will receive the increased income we seek, if we try to stand still in our work. We’ll never know the rewards, nor the joy of accomplishment and the personal satisfaction and peace of mind. Which come only to the person of unusual achievement….

Learning is when….

We consciously entertain an idea

We emotionalize the idea.

We act on the idea.

And we observe a change in results.

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The Truth…The Achievement

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

We have always known this phrase…” Honesty is the best policy ” Do we…??? I am not a perfect person myself…Gone through life just as everyone else…to seek what we all want in life….

We have been conditioned, genetically and enviromentally to live one way and taught to live another. You might be thinking this must cause tremendous conflict in our lives and of course, it does. And the sad truth is that there are a huge number of people who are so used to living with this conflict, they have accepted it as the norm. They don’t even realize it is the cause of almost all of their problems. They have come to believe that other people, conditions and circumstance are the cause of any problems they may be encounting.

We have our mind, our abilities, our unique and individual talents and time. These are our possessions, this is really an immense amount of wealth that belongs to each of us. And it’s the investment of our wealth which will determine our rate of return. Making the best use of what we have, in the time we are given to use it. Truth is always simple and uncomplicated.

Think of the number of times you have felt yourself being pulled in one direction while at the same time, your intellect was telling you the opposite direction was the true course of action to follow. This sort of mental conflict is not a modern phenomena brought about by our fast changing world. The truth has always had a way of shifting under pressure. It is often just as hard to tell the truth as it is to hide from it.

It’s realizing that a person who does not read is no better than one who cannot and that a person who does not continue to learn to grow as a person is no better than one who cannot. The greatest joy a human being can know is the joy of accomplishment.

Think of your life as a plot of ground to be seeded. If can only return to you what you first give to it. And you have time, the one thing which is completely beyond the control of man. Time, which cannot be saved, stopped, nor held back for even an instant. Make full use of these riches while you have them. Why wait to say…I wish I could do it all over again??? There is no second chance…..only yourself, the choices you seek…to where you want to be.

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Attitudes

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

Attitude is defined as the position or bearing as indicating action, feeling, or mood. And it is our actions or feelings which determine the actions or feelings of others towards us and which control, our success or failure.

Without an image of the mind, your understanding of attitude will very likely be distorted. That does not mean you will not be successful in life. You could have a great attitude and become highly successful, yet, not understand exactly what attitude is and how it has affected your success in life. A person in this position is referred to as an unconscious competent. Since their success has its foundation in their attitude and they do not have a clear understanding of what attitude is, they would be unable to explain their cause of success to another person, possibly even a loved one, this are not uncommon.

Our attitude toward life which will determine life’s attitude towards us. Everything we say or do will cause some effect. Each of us shapes their own life, and the shape of it is determined by our attitude. What we receive from life, what we accomplish, or fail to accomplish, is due in large measure to our overall attitude. Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

Is easy saying this, human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. It is not easy, it can’t be, the answer is obvious, they don’t know how. A change in attitude will change your life, is all you require. The conscious mind is the part of you that thinks. You can accept or reject any idea. No person or circumstance can cause you to think about thoughts or ideas you do not choose. Because the thoughts you choose will eventually determine your results in life.

To develop a good attitude toward the world in general, each of us must first develop a good attitude toward ourselves. WE CAN’T GIVE TO OTHERS SOMETHING WE DON’T HAVE. So it’s the attitude we take toward ourselves which determines our attitude toward others. Which radiates to the world around us.

When you see someone with a poor attitude toward others, you can be sure they have a poor attitude toward themselves. They don’t like themselves, they’re unhappy about something. A happy person reflects their happiness in their attitudes. A person with a poor attitude most of the time is unhappy and frustrated most of the time, and they’re a human magnet for unpleasant experiences. When they come, as they must because of their attitude, they reinforce their poor attitude, thereby bringing more problems. But for the person with a good attitude, the same principle holds true in reverse. Expecting the best, that’s what they get most of the time.

Why would a person persist in a poor attitude, expecting the worst???? We are so familiar with ourselves that we tend to take ourselves for granted. We tend to minimize what we can accomplish the goals we can reach. We believe others can reach heights which we cannot. We tend to overlook the fact that there is enormous undeveloped potential within each of us, a great reserve of talent and ability which we habitually fail to see.

Human beings living narrow, darkened, frustrated lives, living defensively, simply because they take a defensive, doubtful attitude toward themselves and as a result, toward life in general. Attitude is the reflection of a person.

No matter what a person does, whenever you find a person doing an outstanding job and getting outstanding results, you’ll find a person with a good attitude. These people take the attitude toward themselves that they can accomplish what they set out to accomplish, that achievement is the natural order of things that there’s no good reason on earth why they can’t be competent and successful. They have a healthy attitude toward themselves and as a result, toward life and the things they want to accomplish.

Because of this, they achieve things and come to be called successful and outstanding. They are no more brilliant or talented than the majority of the people by whom they’re surrounded, but they have the right attitude.

The world we’ve created around ourselves, is really a mirror of our attitudes. If we don’t like our enviroment, we can change it by changing our attitudes. The world plays no favorites, it’s impersonal, it doesn’t care who succeeds and who fails, nor does it care whether we change or not. Our attitude toward life doesn’t affect the world and the people in it nearly as much as it affects us.

The jobs which are held though hated, the marriages which are tolerated but unhappy, the relationships of two people who fail to understand one another, all because of people who are waiting for the world and others to change toward them, before they’ll change.

I remain.

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Overcoming Obstacles

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

To overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable and achieve the success one seek. People have goals, they fix their mind a point they have to reach, something that’s more important than the effort and time that have to be expended in its achievement, a dream, seen only in the mind and felt in the heart, that’s too big to be denied, a dream which rises before their eyes when they awaken in the morning and is the last thing think about as they sleep at night.

This dream, invisible to all except to the person who holds it.  What the mind of man can conceive, and believe, it can achieve. The best definition of success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal. It means that any person engaged in achieving something which they consider worthy of them, is successful.

Any person with a dream in their mind and heart pursuing a worthy goal, is successful. The uniformed always seem to equate success with lots of money. While money often accompanies success, it has nothing to do with success necessarily, unless it happens to be a part of the goal. It’s left to each of us to decide for ourselves what our goal is.

Paradigms can have a tremendous influence over our thinking and will cause an individual to think of all the valid reasons. Why they are not able to have what they want in life. The conscious mind is often referred to as the intellectual mind. As information flows into your conscious mind you deal with it intellectually.

It is very common to find individuals who are intellectually brilliant and yet accomplish little with their lives, their day to day actions produce mediocre results. You must understand that it is not the intellect of the individual that is the cause of their behavior, it is their paradigm which is in control of their behavior. Until the paradigm is changed, the results will remain the same.

Every person knows how to do much better than they’re presently doing in almost every aspect of their life. There’s an enormous difference between knowing how to do something and doing it. The knowing has to do with the conscious mind, the doing has to do with the sub-conscious mind. Knowing that without a goal we are unsuccessful, but that with a goal we will have direction and purpose and that our goal will be reached.

Most of the confusion and indecision suffered by the majority of people is caused by their half-heartedly wanting so many things that they can’t decide which to go after first. As a result, they run in circles and often accomplish little or nothing at all.

There are two things we have to know to achieve……

1. Am I able??? Am I able to receive in my material world, anything that I seriously want.

2. Am I willing??? Am I willing to pay the price that must be paid, realizing that there is no such thing as something for nothing.

Decide on your goal, insist upon it. Force your goal into your sub-conscious mind. See yourself as having attained it.

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We Seek What We Believe In

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

If we will only have the wisdom and patience to intelligently and effectively explore the work in which we’re now engaged. We’ll usually find that it contains the riches we seek. Whether they be financial or intangible, or both.

Before we go running off to what we think are greener pastures. Let’s make sure that our own is not just as green or perhaps even greener. You see, while we’re looking at other pastures, other people are looking at ours. There’s nothing more pitiful, to my mind, than the person who wastes their life running from one thing to another, forever looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and never staying with one thing long enough to find it.

” What lies before you and what lies behind you are tiny matters compared to what lies within you. ” by Emerson. It helped me to understand that all of our opportunities as well as our problems are in our perception of situations and our perception is controlled by our paradigms. To ignore the power of paradigms to influence your judgement is to put yourself at risk when exploring the future. Paradigms definitely influence our thinking and have the ability. If left unchecked, to control our entire life.

We should avoid such self-restriction and realize there’s virtually no limit to our growth and development on the land upon which we now find ourselves, with our roots deep in the soil of a working philosophy of life and our minds and bodies in climate of freedom.

People who become outstanding in their work are those who see their work as an opportunity for growth and development and who prepare themselves for the opportunities which surround them everyday.

To do this, start at the beginning. What industry or profession does your job fall??? Do you know all you can know about your industry?? How did it begin?? Why did it begin?? Who started it and when?? What is your industry’s annual dollar volume?? How fast has it grown during the past twenty years??? What’s it’s projected growth during the next ten years??

Did you know that many industries will double in size during the next eight years?? This takes only about a ten percent gain per year. In short, start now to become a student of your industry. You’ll be amazed at the results. If you can see no limit to the growth of your industry, doesn’t it makes sense to realize that there’s no limit as to how far you can progress within its framework?? On the other hand, those who are not preparing and growing are not just standing still, in relation to their industry, their going backwards. So ask yourself. Do I know as much about my job and my industry as a good doctor knows about their job, their profession??

In order to become a professional in a world of amateurs, we need to study three important subjects.

1. Our company and the industry in which it operates.

2. Our job and perhaps the next step upward in our career.

3. We need to study people, since successfully serving and getting with people will

    determine our success or failure.

How can I increase my service today?? Think of ways and means by which you can increase your contribution to your company, your industry and those whom you serve.

You’re creating, rather than competing. You’ll affecting life, rather than just being affected by it. You are becoming a creator and a giver to life, instead of just a receiver.

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Jeff Immelt: CEO of General Electric

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

A candid conversation with the CEO of General Electric about leadership, creativity, fear — and what it’s really like to run the world’s most influential company The year Jeff Immelt’s career almost blew up was 1994. He was vice president and general manager of GE Plastics Americas, and his division was caught in a classic profit squeeze — the crunch that comes when raw-material costs rise and a company is locked into fixed-price contracts with customers. Instead of making his 20% profit-growth goal, he delivered earnings growth of just 7%. The upshot: Immelt missed his net-income number by $50 million.

Read the full article in Fastcompany.com

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How To Play To Your Strengths

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Most feedback accentuates the negative. During formal employee evaluations, discussions invariably focus on “opportunities for improvement,” even if the overall evaluation is laudatory. Informally, the sting of criticism lasts longer than the balm of praise. Multiple studies have shown that people pay keen attention to negative information. For example, when asked to recall important emotional events, people remember four negative memories for every positive one. No wonder most executives give and receive performance reviews with all the enthusiasm of a child on the way to the dentist.

Read the full article in Harvard Business Online

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CEO’s 6 Steps to Effective Feedback

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Delivering feedback is among a manager’s most important tasks, yet many managers struggle to do it fairly and consistently, and–above all –in a way that drives improved performance. In the chapter on people development in his recently published book, Lessons on Leadership: The 7 Fundamental Management Skills for Leaders at All Levels (Kaplan, 2007), Jack Stahl, CEO of Revlon and former president of Coca-Cola, proposes a six-step model to make the feedback process easier and more effective.

Stahl’s framework struck me as having the virtue of being systematic yet adaptable to the needs of each individual you manage.

Read the full article in Harvard Business Online

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Avoid These Leadership Traps

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

The biggest mistakes I see executives make when hired in from the outside are (1) trying to recreate the organizations they left behind and (2) overestimating their change mandates. Both set up vicious cycles that can end in outright derailment for the new leader. And you can usually see these problems start during the recruiting process.

The temptation to try to clone a business model or system that you’ve had success with elsewhere is great. You understand it deeply, struggled hard to make it work, and achieved great things. In fact, your success in making something wonderful happen at your old company is likely a major factor in why your new company wanted to hire you. During the recruiting process you may have been explicitly encouraged to “bring the great ideas you have to us.” So it’s natural to want to try and replicate your previous success.

Read the full article in Harvard Business Online

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25 Rules For Leaders

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

1. Audit Your Company Cultures
“Companies don’t have one culture. They have as many as they have supervisors or managers. You want to build a strong culture? Hold every manager accountable for the culture that he or she builds.”
Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths

2. Informed People Don’t Fear Change
“People are not afraid of change. They fear the unknown.”
Dick Brown, chairman and CEO of EDS

3. Beware “Aspirational Accounting”
“Enron has changed things significantly. You used to be able to buy a company, account for it in bizarre ways, and make money on the sale. That world is over.”
Nolan Bushnell, founder, chairman, and CEO of uWink Inc.

4. Empower Your People — Turn Them Loose
“Freedom is the greatest when the ground rules are clear. Chalk out the playing field and say, Within those lines, make any decisions you need.”
Dick Brown, chairman and CEO of EDS

5. Prevent Erosion of Human Assets
“We are systematically depreciating our human capital. For most people, the first year with the company is the best. It’s downhill from there.”
Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of First, Break All the Rules and Now

Read the full article in FastCompany.com

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What’s in a Leader?

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Recent focus on board activism and chief executive turnover would have you believe that these are particularly difficult times for CEOs and that the job of a CEO is more challenging than it has ever been. The fact is, the job of a CEO has always been a highly complex task.

In our over 30 years of experience in dealing with leadership issues and education, we have always emphasized the importance of innovative and flexible leadership that is adept at adjusting to changing times and circumstances. As such, over the years, we’ve selected and awarded leaders based on their ability to take calculated risks and alter an industry, all the while delivering continued shareholder value, built on a strong ethical foundation. Good CEO leaders have operated like this for years.

Read the full article in Forbes.com

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Murdoch & Dow Jones

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

News Corp. (NWS) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter results after the closing bell Wednesday. And interestingly, the company did not mention the highly publicized Dow Jones (DJ) deal until page six of the eighteen page release.

Media hounds may find this amusing since News Corp. owns the New York Post, home to the famous gossip page called Page Six. And some industry watchers are concerned that News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch will look to broaden the coverage (i.e. make it more tabloid-esque) of the esteemed Wall Street Journal.

Read the full article on Cnnmoney.com

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The Evils of Ego

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Hayward says a big head can lead to big problems for entrepreneurs…

View the full video on Forbes.com

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Openess, Candor and Respect

Posted by iBlog on August 7, 2007

The environment people work in can make a huge difference to their productivity. Employ a three-pronged approach of openness, candor and respect to get the best out of your employees.

Read the full article on Fastcompany.com

http://www.fastcompany.com/resources/leadership

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Bill Ford: Melancholy Danish Prince(ss)?

Posted by iBlog on May 20, 2007

 I love him. I hate him. I don’t know him. I’d buy from him.  

Read the headlines in the famed Fortune magazine. Page 36 or so “executive drama” 48 year old Bill Ford. I love him. I hate him. I don’t know him. I’d buy from him…Ford Motor companies was started by Bill Ford’s great grandfather. Being CEO must be a tough job. When in high profile standards, the situation seems so pressured when you have the media gawking, eyeing and critiquing your every move. An overachiever who is flawed in his upper managerial style, Mr. Ford has been known to be a bit frazzled when managing his employees, spreading himself too thin serving on boards contributing to the EBay planet, a Princeton trustee and Vice Chairman of the Detroit Lions.

With the drama of Ford’s 2,750 salaried jobs equal to 30% of the USA’s workers creating a high percentage of people expecting job loss there is a lot of restructuring, public confessing and microscopic pressure for the CEO of the automobile company.Just think. That is a massive amount to cut loose. Imagine, envision being CEO and restructuring this dramatic change of cutting there employees from jobs and then reassembling the changes. It would be a lot of work and it does not phase me that our melancholy CEO has been put under such a close microscope. Why when you pay attention to what is happening throughout the rest of the world and how we are all connected, when there is someone and something that is outrageous in the business world who wouldn’t look twice? The spotlight is now on Bill and the anticipation to the public on his coming outs of letting go of thousands of blue collar workers at Ford. What’s a CEO to do???

Good Ceo or Bad Ceo?It’s doesn’t look like he will be smiling for long.

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Looking deeper into the contracts, Ford’s family controls 40% of the shareholder votes. It’s not a possibility of the reast of his board staff to over rule the CEO and oust him from his present position. With pressure involved, he can also step down from the podium but reporters and Fortune magazine have presented the following Ford quote ”I’m not looking to go anywhere from this job.”Let’s face it, Bill Ford is just too slow. He does not have the CEO ability to run a structured company that is Ford and letting go of, cutting down thousands of blue collar worker salary jobs will only put more pressure on Mr. Ford. He has yet to prove his competition to the company and staying on top of what needs to be done has publically attracted attention and problems. SUV sales have plummeted and the financail companies are already on the look out of future slump predictions from Ford. As the clock begins to tick away, Bill Ford is starting to feel the heat.

Jen Lyn 

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Powerful Faces Everyday Going Places

Posted by iBlog on May 20, 2007

 

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