Daily Quote: Passion

“Passion is a heartfelt energy that flows through us not from us.”

~John J. Murphy

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Leading With Passion

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Daily Quote: Two Choices

“There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

~Denis Waitley

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One Choice

You’re always One Choice away from changing your life.

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Daily Quote: What we have done…

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.

What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

~Albert Pike

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Making the Most of Mentoring

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Inspired to Lead

Every once in a while, as I’m reading, I come across a piece that is so powerful and thought provoking, I feel the need to share it – as is. No description … no explanation … no reinforcing of the message … no lesson from me. Just put it out there and let it speak for itself. Today is one of those times.

The “piece” I have to share with you is the “Closing Thoughts” from Christopher Novak’s masterpiece book Inspired To Lead.
I encourage you to read it, remember it, and share it with your fellow leaders.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

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Closing Thoughts From Inspired To Lead

Leadership is not a top-down impulse but rather a bottom-up impact. The greatest leaders in history have not been dictators but rather directors – leadership maestros who used their gifts of vision, values and purpose to orchestrate actions that served a cause greater than themselves.

Giving orders is not leadership. Giving hope is. Leaders who serve the interests of those they lead earn far more than the obedience of their followers, they earn their respect.
Are you an inspired leader? It is good to reflect on how well we are living up to our own leadership challenges. How well are you serving your team and your organization? When was the last time you asked the people you lead how well you are meeting their professional needs? When was the last time that you took a few minutes to sit with each of your team members and asked them what you can do better to help them be more effective or more satisfied in their work? Have you ever asked your colleagues how you can inspire them to excel? Go ahead, ask the questions and do not fear the answers.
Inspired leadership is not about weak and strong; it’s about right and wrong. It’s about doing things the right way, for the right reasons and using your position of power, trust and influence to serve. Serve as a facilitator to get things done. Serve as a mentor to grow your team members. Ultimately, the most inspired leaders serve as an example to others that the pinnacle of leadership is reached when you care more about others standing atop the summit than you do about your own view.

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Today’s Leadership Solution is from:
Getting Good at Getting Along

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A senior executive is fired after a run-in with the Board of Directors. An ineffective team leader is given a new team to manage – the team mutinies. An employee is reprimanded after losing her temper with a customer. Three different individuals, three unique situations, one common problem: Getting along with others.

According to noted author and sociologist BJ Gallagher, 80% of people who fail on the job fail due to lack of interpersonal skills – not lack of technical skills. That’s the specific problem Gallagher addresses in Getting Good at Getting Along – a helpful new guidebook that’s jam-packed with proven techniques for maintaining productive working relationships. One of the many ideas from this work that got my attention is taking TOTAL responsibility for the relationships we have with others (see excerpt below). A novel idea that, when you really think about it, makes a lot of sense. Give it a try – encourage your people to do the same. And remember …

Whether you and your people work in a large corporation, a small business, or a non- profit organization, your work involves dealing with people. Organizational life is all about bosses and employees, teammates, peers in other departments, customers, vendors, clients, and other stakeholders. Your ability to get along with them is the single most important factor in how well you get along in your career! If you want to be successful, you must get good at getting along.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

Excerpt from Getting Good at Getting Along by BJ Gallagher

Many people say that the best relationships are those that are 50-50. It’s a nice idea, but it often falls short in real life. People hold onto resentments – waiting for the other person to “see the light.” People insist that others take their share of responsibility when an issue comes up: “I’ve done my part; now it’s their turn.” The problem is, you might be waiting a very long time if you always insist that relationships (and their problems) be 50-50 propositions.

If you’re really serious about getting good at getting along with others, here’s an idea that can transform your life: Instead of expecting people to meet you 50-50, try making it 100-0. You take on the entire responsibility for making the relationship work, and don’t worry about whether the other person is doing their part!

Yes, it’s a somewhat radical idea. But if you’re up to really having amazing relationships at work – and in your personal life – this will do it. You’ll never again feel that you’re at the mercy of someone else. You’ll never feel like a victim of another’s actions or inactions.

Here’s how it works …

  • Assume that the other person is a given. “He is who he is.” “This is her personality – she isn’t going to change.” Just accept the person exactly as they are – and exactly as they aren’t. This is who you’ve got to work with.
  • Ask yourself, How can I change my words or actions when I deal with this person? You don’t have to change your whole personality – you’re just going to use different language and behaviors when dealing with this person.
  • Try out new behaviors and new ways of conversing with your “problem person.” See what works and do more of it. If something doesn’t work, stop doing it.
  • Learn from others. Watch others who have excellent interpersonal relationships and learn from them. If you want good relationships like those, mimic them.
  • When there’s a problem, take ownership of it. As long as someone else is the problem, you’re powerless. But if YOU own the problem, then YOU can own and control the solution.

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Daily Quote: Heroism

True heroism is remarkably sober, very un-dramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ~Arthur Ashe

Today’s Quote come from the book:

Inspired To Lead

by Christopher Novak
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Daily Quote: Inspiring Actions

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

~John Quincy Adams

Today’s Quote is from the Book:

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Your Daily Quote: Life Takes On Meaning

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals, and charge after them
in an unstoppable manner.”  

~Les Brown

Today’s Daily Inspiration comes from the book:

Inspired to Lead: 12 Powerful Lessons on Making a Difference

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Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals, and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.

~Les Brown

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“Tell people where they are going and they may get there; inspire them with why they are going there and they will move mountains.”
~Christopher Novak
So, here’s a question for you: Are you ready to inspire others to move mountains? If so, you’ll want to check out one of our newest books. In Inspired to Lead, author Christopher Novak writes 12 Powerful Lessons on Making a Difference. Through his touching stories and teachable moments, Christopher Novak clearly understands and conveys the power of inspiration. As Chris writes, “Inspiration is meant to be shared, to be passed on, to be a spark that rekindles the best in us.”I hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about this powerful resource. I have a feeling that today’s story below will leave you feeling refreshed, empowered, and ready to rekindle greatness in others!Live Inspired,

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Excerpted from Inspired to Lead
No LosersThey played one of the most memorable high school football games in history in the fall of 2008 in Grapevine, Texas. It was Grapevine Faith vs. Gainesville State School and everything about it was upside down. For instance, when Gainesville State came out to take the field, the Grapevine Faith fans made a 40-yard spirit line for them to run through. That’s right, hometown fans made a spirit line for the visiting team.The Grapevine fans even made a banner for Gainesville players to crash through at the end. It said, “Go Tornadoes!” Which is also weird, because Faith is the Lions. More than 200 Faith fans sat on the Gainesville side and kept cheering the Gainesville players on—by name.

“I never in my life thought I’d hear people cheering for us,” recalls Gainesville’s QB and middle linebacker, Isaiah. And even though Faith walloped Gainesville, 33-14, the Gainesville kids were so happy that after the game they gave their head coach, Mark Williams, a sideline squirt-bottle shower like he’d just won a state title. It has to be the first Gatorade bath in history for a coach with a 0-9 record.

But with the game over, everyone could see 12 uniformed officers escorting 14 Gainesville players off the field. They lined the players up in groups of five—handcuffs ready in their back pockets—and marched them to the team bus. That’s because Gainesville is a maximum-security correctional facility 75 miles north of Dallas. Every game it plays is on the road. This all started when Faith’s head coach, Kris Hogan, wanted to do something kind for the Gainesville team. Faith had never played Gainesville, but he already knew the score. Faith was 7-2 going into the game, Gainesville 0-8 with 2 touchdowns all year. Faith has 70 kids on the roster, 11 coaches, the latest equipment and involved parents. Gainesville has a lot of kids with convictions for drugs, assault and robbery—many of whose families had disowned them—wearing 7 year-old shoulder pads and ancient helmets.

So Hogan had this idea. What if half of our fans—for one night only—cheered for the other team? He sent out an email asking people to do just that. “Here’s the message I want you to send:” Hogan wrote.

“You are just as valuable as any other person on planet Earth.”

Lessons For Leaders:

“You are just as valuable as any other person on planet Earth.”

The leadership lessons in that one statement are as profound as any we might encounter in a dozen best-selling business books. Perhaps more so, because the intended recipients of that message were young men who before this game may never have experienced that sense of value or even believed in their own self-worth. Certainly, they were a group that had never received so valuable a gift from complete strangers.

But one man’s leadership sparked actions that led an entire community to rally behind kids who no one had ever supported; the leader of one team became the model for every team.

How powerful a message do we send as leaders when we proclaim the intrinsic value of every member of our team? And how much greater is that message when we extend that believe even to those we oppose with respect.

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