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Overcoming Negative Criticism

Criticism

Overcoming negative criticism can be a challenging experience, but it’s essential for personal growth and success. In this article, we share a story of a coach who learned a valuable lesson about the impact of negative feedback and how he transformed his coaching style to achieve even greater success with his team. Dale Carnegie’s quote reminds us that emotions play a significant role in how we receive criticism, and it’s crucial to handle it in a positive and productive manner. Join us as we explore how to overcome negative criticism and turn it into a powerful tool for growth. Deserved or not, it accomplishes nothing positive. Dale Carnegie wrote: “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” Carnegie’s statement may not be very encouraging but it

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Creating a Process for Achieving Your Outcome

Process

Creating a process for achieving your outcome can greatly increase your chances of success. Once you have a clear outcome in mind, you should begin to create your pathway. You need to obsess over it and break it down into bite-size steps and even smaller habits. Once you have done this, you should stick to it. By focusing on the process and taking action on it consistently, you’ll be much more likely to reach your desired outcome. Don’t quit just because you don’t see immediate results. Although this process sounds tedious and boring to many personalities, it is the way to victory. By remembering where the pathway leads, you can overcome your negative emotions. And where does the pathway lead? To your goal! With that in mind, you can embrace the grind with gratitude. Practice Like a Champion: Preparation is Part of the Game To elaborate further, becoming a champion

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GOD is BIG ENOUGH

God is Big Enough

God is BIG ENOUGH to be SMALL ENOUGH to CARE about YOU. Dear leader, don’t delete this message thinking it is soft and does not apply to your real-life situation. Keep reading. The Relevance of God Firstly, the subject of God is relevant for business, education, government, and any sector. God provides meaning, insight, skill, and power. Moreover, we cannot even imagine how BIG God must be. I’m not even sure BIG is a proper term of measurement for Him. To elaborate, Scripture tells us God is Spirit. God Consciousness (GC) In fact, God is so big he has the ability to get real small and sit and chat with you. Therefore, you need more faith, we all do. Additionally, religious faith is not authentic faith unless it translates into our daily lives. Furthermore, some of the best business leaders I know around this country have what I call a God

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Clear Outcome

Outcome

To begin with, in order to create and obsess over the process, you need to have a clear picture of your desired outcome (WHAT). Additionally, you must be confident that your process leads to the outcome. It is important to keep in mind that a clear outcome is the starting point, as Stephen Covey reminded us. With this in mind, you can start with the end, which is the outcome, the goal, and the vision. Strategy serves the vision After establishing the outcome, you can proceed to create the mission, which is a broad statement of WHAT and HOW. Following this, the obsession continues with strategy, goals, and steps or habits. If your outcome is clear, you have the flexibility to make changes to the strategy. The reason for this is that the strategy serves the vision, rather than being the goal or the organization. If your strategy is not

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Stupid stuff and how to avoid it

Stop the Stupid

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you look back and think, “How could I have done something so stupid?” It’s a common experience that happens to all of us. Stupid mistakes usually result from a series of small mistakes that snowball into a bigger one. In this post, we’ll explore some common causes of stupid mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them. Let’s start with a personal anecdote to illustrate the point. As we delve deeper into this topic, you’ll learn how to prevent stupid mistakes and improve decision-making skills. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ― Confucius I’ve done some stupid stuff. Looking back, most of my mistakes were rooted in hurry, insecurity, laziness, or anger. Have you noticed when stupid stuff happens, it’s like falling dominoes? The Hasty Decision Age 30, give or take. Upon arriving at the

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Positive Vision and Behaviors

Vision

Having a positive vision for your future can have a significant impact on your behaviors and overall well-being. As Viktor Frankl observed, without hope and connection to the future, people can lose context and meaning for the present. By cultivating a positive vision and practicing gratitude, you can shape your behaviors and create a more fulfilling life. Your vision shapes your behaviors, and this is especially true if you see your past or future in a negative light. Additionally, if you look back and see the good from your past while having a positive picture of your future, your behaviors will begin to align you in that direction. Therefore, it is essential to have a positive vision and behaviors to live a fulfilling life. Furthermore, having a positive vision can help you develop positive behaviors that lead to a more fulfilling life. Your vision shapes your behaviors, and this is

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Courage in Character

Courage

Courage is one of the seven elements of character, and it is essential to lead a fulfilling life. However, for many people, courage does not come easily. Therefore, it’s important to understand how courage, faith, and justice collaborate to bring this element of character to life. In this post, we’ll explore this collaboration and discover how you can develop more courage in your life. Courage is one of the seven elements of character and is brought to life in collaboration with faith and justice. Courage and Moral Authority To have more courage, it’s crucial to understand that it comes from moral authority. That’s why living an honest and just life is vital. In days gone by, such people were called “God-fearing.” In simple terms, a God-fearer is one who considers what God might think over what society might think. The Importance of God Conscience (GC) People with GC (God Conscience)

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Keeping Your Head On Straight

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power – Abraham Lincoln Let’s face it. It’s easy to get angry, cynical, guarded, and stingy in a crooked world. If you don’t believe in evil, you can stop reading right now. But if you like to think in a positive, grateful, and proactive way, yet recognize the condition of the world is not quite up to par, continue reading. Like you, my positive belief in people can be shattered in a moment and if I’m not careful, it will plant itself in my heart and take up residence. How do we keep a level head in a world filled with so-called friends who do not tell the truth and people who strap bombs on their person for the sake of some god who can’t seem to do his own fighting? Wow, that

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The ABC’s of Customer Service

Customer service is an everyday experience. We rate service with words like Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. There are three kinds of people who take these ratings seriously: the business owner (because their lives and reputation depend on it), the customer (because it’s their time and money and perhaps their own customer they represent), and the kind of person you want on your team (because not everybody can provide excellent customer service). I admit it; I’m a person that notices. I pay attention to service and I take it personally. Fortunately, not all are like me, some are a little more laid back. If every customer expected the kind of service I do, at least 25% of businesses would shut their doors. Why? Because that’s about how many places I have never patronized again due to poor service. The first thing a business owner or concerned employee should know about

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The Moral Leader

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” Philippians 1:4 As we grow older, some of us gain wisdom and humility. Others become bitter and reactive. The fork in the road determining whether we become bitter or better has much to do with how we process the troubles in life and the relationships that did not work out as we might have hoped. In this article, I hope to strengthen your team-building outlook by considering how to apply the Scripture above in the context of building like-minded teams: Seek to Understand Yesterday, I met with a potential new team member. Most of our time together was invested in learning about his history, his values, and his life situation. This is important because those things often determine if working together will be a good fit. In fact, they are just as important as one’s

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Why Telling Stories Needs to be Part of Your Workplace

I once worked for a small family-owned restaurant. The pay was minimal, the conditions weren’t all that glamorous, and the hours were less than ideal. But I loved the place because it had a story. The founder, an Italian immigrant, had a dream to bring recipes from the old country into the brave new world of America. His son eventually took over the joint, now he was grooming his son to run it. Most of the employees attached to the establishment were family, either as bookkeepers, cooks, or servers. And with the family, there seemed to be drama every day. Marriage issues were worked out next to the prep station (knives readily available, but never used thank goodness!) Children did their homework at one of the tables near the rear of the restaurant. Family photos adorned the walls. Although I was an outsider, I was invited into that narrative. People

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Leadership Stress

“Gosh, right now my jokes are funny and I’m the best looking guy in the world, but I know as soon as I lose, all that will change.” This quote came from a man who was recently granted the position of head football coach for a major NCAA football team. If you’ve been in leadership for any length of time, you either grinned or shook your head in agreement. You know leadership is demanding. Leadership is demanding and oftentimes stressful. As a result, leaders burn out. Their behavior becomes less predictable. They begin making more mistakes. Some are actions unbecoming for a leader. Some mistakes are due to a lack of action. They stop taking care of their own person – mind, body, and soul. After a while, they find themselves in a really bad place. Bad habits, irritation, confusion, and truckloads of stress. Yep. I can relate. Through the

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Awakening Your Leadership Senses

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung SELF EXAMINATION Outstanding leaders have both a reservoir of empathy and the ability to motivate themselves and others. How do they do it? They understand human nature. To start, they become a student of their own attitudes, desires, and behaviors. An accurate self-examination awakens the unconscious mind not only to understand one’s self but also the attributes and motivations of others. Leaders who understand what lies beneath the surface of human behavior will have a decided advantage not only in their relationships but also in their desired outcomes. I CAN’T FLY Germany 2013. A very serious and transparent moment presents itself. A common four-year-old boy who worships almost every known superhero walks out on the balcony of his condo to find and confide in his visiting grandfather. In a private

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Three Perspectives Within Healthy Leadership

Our work at Lead Today has taught us a peculiar fact: many of us [leaders] have found ourselves in positions of influence almost by accident. Through the years we have worked hard and have been promoted. This reward is expected; however, the skills that got us here are only a portion of what we need to be successful today. To be effective leaders, we need to regularly climb the Mountain of Perspective before hiking back down into the action. The daily grind will have a way of impeding a leader’s vision. When we work too close to the battle without stepping back from time to time our vision can often be described like the age-old saying, “He can’t see the forest for the trees.” Imagine sitting on top of a mountain. Other than the breeze, it’s quiet. This is where I want you to be even if you’re not physically

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Eight Practices Effective Leaders Follow

Every conscientious leader strives to be more effective. I want to get better and so do you. That’s why we work on our approach to leading ourselves and others, not just doing whatever we do. If we mostly work with our heads down (doing the work), we often miss the big picture – the effective way of getting things done. Extensive research has revealed the most effective leaders follow eight practices: They ask, “What needs to be done?” They ask, “What are the most important things for the organization?” They create a consistent playbook, which includes clear action plans. They take responsibility for decisions. They take responsibility for good communication. They focus on opportunities rather than problems. They run well-planned and productive meetings. They think and speak “we” rather than “I.” Peter Drucker in his book The Effective Executive dives into each of these eight practices. A leadership priority is

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