The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life

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Our inner world is ours to make of what we choose. Magnificent changes can radiate out of every human heart if we so desire.
~ Joann Davis

The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life Today’s quote comes to you from The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life.
 

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One of Life’s Most Important Leadership Lessons

 
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Duck! My good friend Mac Anderson has captured one of life’s most important leadership lessons with this simple statement: you can’t send a duck to eagle school. Please invest 3 minutes of your time to watch today’s powerful movie, containing a collection of clever lessons learned. After you’ve watched You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School, please “pay it forward” and share with your friends and colleagues.
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Best wishes for your personal and professional success.
Eric Harvey
Founder and President
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Goals

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The most important thing about goals is having one.
~Geoffrey F. Abert

Sticking to It Today’s quote comes to you from Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence.
 

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Listening

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Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
~Dr. Joyce Brothers

Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow Today’s quote comes to you from Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow: Navigating Your Changing Role.
 

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So you've got a problem?

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So you’ve got a problem? That’s good! Why? Because repeated victories over your problems are the rungs on your ladder to success. With each victory you grow in wisdom, stature and experience. You become a bigger, better, more successful person each time you mend a problem and tackle and conquer it with a
positive mental attitude.
~W. Clement Stone

The Best of Success Today’s quote comes to you from The Best of Success: A Treasury of Inspiration.

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Customers Expectations

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If you make a mistake when dealing with a customer, admit it, apologize for it, fix it, and move on. Customers really don’t expect you to be perfect. They do, however, expect you to be honest…and make a great recovery.
~Eric Harvey

180 Ways to Walk the Customer Service Talk Today’s quote comes to you from 180 Ways to Walk the Customer Service Talk: The How-To Handbook for Everyone in Your Organization.
 
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Your Leadership Solution…and a Special Offer!

 
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Hi Friends …

He has a bad attitude! They just don’t care! She is capable of so much more! Somebody needs to light a fire under him!

Sound familiar? These are symptoms. And they indicate an all too common underutilization of one of the most important elements affecting business today. It’s not something you can touch or hold. But it is something you can feel … and even measure. Some people call it “chemistry” – to others, it’s a “can do” attitude. Most everyone considers it a requirement for success. It’s called MOTIVATION.

So, how do we motivate people? Well, the academic (and classically accurate) answer is we can’t! Motivation is internal – it comes from deep within each of us. The only person who can truly motivate a person is the person. Does that mean there’s nothing we can do to get people more energized? No, it doesn’t! Although we can’t control employee motivation, as leaders, we certainly can affect it – we can create conditions that encourage employees to be the best they can be.

In 180 Ways to Walk the Motivation Talk, noted authors John Baldoni and Eric Harvey offer a book-full of practical and time-tested strategies for harnessing employees’ internal desire to succeed – and for minimizing circumstances and leadership behaviors which are demotivating in nature. I’ve included several of them in the excerpt below. Give them a try. I have … and I know they work!

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

Excerpts from 180 Ways to Walk the Motivation Talk
  • Give options, not ultimatums. Whenever possible, allow people to make choices about how they do their work. Don’t insist that everything be done your way. Remember: Ultimatums (“Do it this way or else”) don’t motivate, they intimidate!
  • Reward what you want – the way they want. It’s absolutely imperative that people experience positive consequences for meeting or exceeding your performance expectations. Ask each person on your team to identify the type of recognition and rewards that are meaningful to him or her. Then do your best to provide the appropriate strokes to the appropriate folks.
  • Criticize constructively. Focus on the behavior or performance, NOT the person. And offer specific, solution-oriented suggestions. When you give people specifics, you give them ideas they can use to improve. As they make adjustments, and ultimately improvements, they will feel better about themselves and their work – and be much more motivated to do great work.
  • Hold regular “state of the business” meetings to keep everyone informed on what’s happening within the organization (future plans, new products or services, planned purchases, etc.). Make sure people do NOT feel “kept in the dark.”
  • Focus on listening. Listening is a sign of respect … a demonstration that people and their ideas are important. When team members know you’re willing to listen, they will share their ideas as well as their frustrations. Listening helps you to build a foundation of trust that is essential to motivation.
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Customer Love

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It is the service we are not obliged to give that people value most.
~James C. Penney

Customer Love Today’s quote comes to you from Customer Love: Great Stories About Great Service.

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The Courage to Be Yourself

 
 “Remembering our true capabilities will assist us in finding the courage to be our brightest, most authentic selves.”
~Sue Patton Thoele

I was impressed most with her authenticity, her willingness to genuinely reveal those parts which many of us tend to keep hidden. Sue Patton Thoele writes, “As is often the case, we teach what we most need to learn, and that was certainly true for me in writing The Courage to Be Yourself.” As a licensed psychotherapist, Sue’s writing exudes knowledge and wisdom, yet by exposing her own insecurities, she humbly walks right beside us, gently guiding us to change our self-defeating patterns of behavior, communicate effectively, and most importantly, become loving toward ourselves. Below, you’ll find an excerpt from this woman’s guide to emotional strength and self-esteem as well as a Special Offer pairing this book with Live Inspired.

Today, it is my hope that you may be inspired to find the courage to be yourself.

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Excerpted from: The Courage to Be Yourself by Sue Patton Thoele
Accepting that each lesson encountered presents an opportunity to move a step closer to wholeness and be a smidgen better at expressing our real selves helps us embrace rather than resist them. God must have a sense of humor because life-lessons are typically presented by annoying people who grate on our nerves. Of course, they may set our teeth on edge because they come toting invitations to yet another life-lesson party. Lesson-bearers who activate our fears, stir up our insecurities, and frustrate the bejeebers out of us are, in fact, our greatest teachers.As I’ve indicated one of my major life-lessons is self-love. So, naturally, I’ve drawn people into my own life who cannot or will not see me as loving no matter how hard I try to be the Perfect All-Loving Person. Obviously I have a ways to go in learning this particular lesson completely since a dear friend recently said, “I can hardly wait until you can stomp your little Mary Janes and say, ‘I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I love me!!!’”Maybe I’ll learn self-love fully in this lifetime, maybe I won’t. But I have learned three things: to commit to loving myself no matter what, to take care of myself when I’m hurting, and, most importantly, to be grateful for my life-lessons and the teachers who make me face them.Each adverse circumstance, in fact everything we experience as we trek through our personal soulscapes, can contribute to our soul’s growth. Conversely, if we don’t face our fears, move through our feelings, and befriend ourselves, each difficult person or circumstance can also contribute to emotional and spiritual atrophy. It’s up to us. We have the right to make our own choices.

What life-lessons decorate your soulscape? Who is especially talented at depositing lessons on your doorstep? What circumstances bring you face to face with that which you’d most like to avoid?

Becoming aware of, acknowledging, and accepting our life-lessons greatly facilitates learning them. As we accept and embrace the natural ebb and flow of our lives and feelings, we can revel in the splendor and power of high tide and discover the wonders revealed in the shallow pools at low tide. Exploring and healing our feelings, whether high or low, brings a treasure beyond belief: the treasure of authenticity.

A Single Moment

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Any life, no matter how long and complete it may be, is made up of a single moment—the moment in which a person finds out, once and for all, who they are.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

Facing the Lion Today’s quote comes to you from Facing the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives.