We surveyed thousands of leaders worldwide asking one simple question:
Based on your experience, what is it that truly effective and highly respected leaders do?
We selected 145 of the “best” and assembled them in our latest book  “Hey Leader, Wake Up and Hear the Feedback!”
Here are three of my favorite ideas from this powerful new book:

1. My goal is to make my team members more effective – and prepare them to become my bosses through the use of the 5 “E”s.  Empathize, Encourage, Educate, Empower, and Expect.  ~Freddie Cogburn, Maryville, Tennessee

2. Effective leaders understand how their employees process and retain information. I use a “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 approach” that has improved my overall results tremendously. I work in a call center and my team of specialists takes insurance claims from across the country. We were struggling with compliance and quality assurance until I put this plan in place, and we are now number one in our office.

I send the same important information 5 times (i.e., daily) for a week in different formats: emails, banners, cards on their desk, notes written on bananas, etc. The following week, I send it 4 times, the third week, 3 times and so on. When I get down to 1, I send out the information once a week for a month. Afterwards, they can recall the information immediately – even in stressful situations. This has increased confidence in their abilities, and we have built those small successes into something more powerful.   ~Charlene Djurdjevic, Madison, Wisconsin

3. Effective and respected leaders take responsibility for the actions and work of their team. When it comes to work performance and behavior, the good, the bad, and the ugly ultimately are all your responsibility. If individuals on your team misstep, they need to know that you will work with them to make any necessary adjustments and move on – not complain about them to others.  ~Debra Newman, Toronto, Ontario

As leadership expert Ken Blanchard said a few years ago, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Armed with powerful intelligence, leaders at all levels are able to turn this information into action and get results for themselves and their organizations.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

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You can create a happy life by…

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
~Denis Waitley
What would make you happy … really happy?
Is it more money, a new car, a promotion at work? Sometimes we get lost in the materialism that’s all around us and forget that happiness really lies within ourselves.
If we take a moment to reflect, our eyes can be opened to the joy behind what may seem on the surface, at least, to be the stumbling blocks in our lives.In The Road To Happiness: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, BJ Gallagher and Mac Anderson team up to provide 21 of those reflections. Today, I’d like to share one of them, “Thankful” by Nancie J. Carmody.

Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas

Today’s Inspiration Comes From:

The Road To HappinessSimple Secrets to a Happy Life

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by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

A thankful spirit is a healthy spirit. As the twists and turns of life lead to feelings of being out of control, sometimes our attitude is all that we have control over…the following reflection may help you develop a thankful attitude. Sometimes life is all about how we look at it!
I am thankful for…
  • the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
  • the taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
  • a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
  • my shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
  • the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
  • all of the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  • my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
  • the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
  • the alarm that goes off early in the morning hours because it means that I am alive.
  • the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
  • weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

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Daily Quote: Remember…

“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

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No Glass Ceiling, Just Blue Sky: A Women’s Guide to Building Great Teams

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Daily Quote: How our attitudes make us

“First we make our attitudes. Then our attitudes make us.”

~Denis Waitley

Found in – The Power of Attitude

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Leadership Solution: How to Eat an Elephant

Here is an excerpt from Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy:

You have heard the old question, “How do you eat an elephant? The answer is, “One bite at a time!”
How do you eat your biggest, ugliest frog? The same way; you break it down into specific step-by-step activities and then you start on the first one.
Your mind, your ability to think, plan and decide, is your most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination and increasing your productivity. Your ability to set goals, make plans, and take action on them determines the course of your life.
Conversely, as Alec Mackenzie wrote, “Taking action without thinking things through is a prime source of problems.”

Increase Your Return on Energy

One of your top goals at work should be for you to get the highest possible return on your investment of mental, emotional, and physical energy. The good news is that every minute spent in planning saves as many as ten minutes in execution. It takes only 10 to 12 minutes for you to plan out your day, but this small investment of time will save you up to two hours (100 to 120 minutes) in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day.
You may have heard of the Six-P Formula. It says, “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”
When you consider how helpful planning can be in increasing your productivity and performance, it is amazing how few people practice it every single day. And planning it really is quite simple to do. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. The most sophisticated Palm Pilot, computer program, or time planner is based on the same principle. It is based on your sitting down and making a list of everything you have to do before you begin.

Two Extra Hours per Day

Always work from a list. When something new comes up, add it to the list before you do it. You can increase your productivity and output by 25 percent or more – about two hours a day – from the first day that you begin working consistently from a list.

Make your list the night before for the workday ahead. Move everything that you have not yet accomplished onto your list for the coming day, and then add everything that you have to do the next day. When you make your list the night before, your subconscious mind will work on your list all night long while you sleep. Often you will wake up with great ideas and insights that you can use to get your job done faster and better than you initially thought.
The more time you take to make written lists of everything you have to do, in advance, the more effective and efficient you will be.

Eat That Frog! will inspire you to inspire others. It is loaded with stories, quotes, and “nuggets of wisdom” for any leader or aspiring leader.

Today, WalkTheTalk.Com is offering Eat That Frog! for only $12.00. The regular price for this book is normally $15.95.
Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

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Daily Quote: In Your Hands…

“In your hands you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness. Your hands are capable, but they must be used and for the right things to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining. The choice is yours.

~Zig Ziglar

Found in the book:
Inspiration: 365 Days a Year

Inspiration 365 Days A Year

Daily Quote: Courage is a door

“Courage is a door that can only be opened from the inside.”

~Terry Neil

The Power of Attitude:  One Little Difference That Almost Always Makes a Big Difference

The Power of Attitude

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Daily Quote: On Getting UP

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

~Vince Lombardi

Found in the book:

Leadership Lessons: Powerful Quotes & Inspiring Messages…for everyone

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The Strangest Secret

Here is an excerpt from The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale:
George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.
Now, it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he’s thinking about. And we become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear and worry ― his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing … he becomes nothing.
How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make a decision.
We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.
Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand ― one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds ― one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land … and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted. As it’s written in the Bible,
“As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
Remember, the land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the plants ― one corn, one poison. The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn’t care what we plant … success … or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal … or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety, and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.
You see, the human mind is the last great, unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

The Strangest Secret will inspire you to inspire others. It is loaded with stories, quotes, and “nuggets of wisdom” for any leader or aspiring leader. Today, WalkTheTalk.Com is offering The Strangest Secret for only $15.00. The regular price for this book is normally $19.95.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

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