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The purpose of the weekly quote is to inspire people to reflect, think, focus and respond more effectively.  We have clients who have their whole team receiving it!

 

“People often want a formula, a technique, something tangible they can apply to solve the problem of structural conflict. Commitment to the truth always seems to people to be an inadequate strategy. But, in fact, being committed to the truth is far more important than any technique.”

-Peter Senge

Problems of any nature only get solved when people are willing to tell the truth about their systemic nature. There are times when the truth is temporarily shielded from our view, but too often we would rather not deal the real issues because of social, political or economic self-interest or pressure. Telling the truth and being open to the real truth requires courage, and sometimes risk, but is always empowering and more often than not, very rewarding. Eventually the truth will not be denied, so why not start dealing with the systemic truths of your business today? Have courage and believe in yourself!

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“Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.”

-Margaret Thatcher

The best we can hope for from a leader who is leading from the crowd” is mediocrity. Great leaders listen to others but ultimately do what they believe to be right. Strong leadership is characterized by individuals who are confident and competent in their abilities, are empowered to do their jobs and have strength in their convictions.

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“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”

-Sir Isaac Newton

Whenever making a point to an individual or group you have the opportunity to be effective or ineffective. Being effective requires both understanding your audience’s perspective and tailoring your message in such a way that enables them to be receptive to your point. Tact, receptivity and the ability to influence are not functions of high intelligence, rather they are functions of self-awareness, respect and empathy.

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

-Winston Churchill

This is a great quote from a leader who fearlessly rallied and led his people against the aggression and overwhelming military superiority of the Nazis. It tells us to use our dreams and aspirations as beacons as we enjoy small successes, as well as, to overcome short-term challenges on the way to our goals. Ultimately, we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and have faith that our ultimate goals will be realized if we maintain our courage and hold fast to our aspirations.

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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucious

Learning from our mistakes is not the only way to develop correct thinking and action. Reflecting on and learning from others’ mistakes and successes is usually far less costly and painful. Develop a framework for accelerated learning that includes your direct experiences, reflecting on and avoiding the mistakes of others, as well as, imitating the success of others.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

-Thomas Jefferson

When your intentions are honorable, your words humble, and your actions backed by conviction, you inspire greatness in yourself and others. Don’t remain captive to your words and actions of yesterday, because today and everyday provides a new opportunity to define a bigger and better you!

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“The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential…the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individuals persons.”

-Max De Pree, founder and CEO, Herman Miller, author of Leadership is an Art

It’s basic human nature that people will always be self-interested when it comes to advancing their professional and economic interests. If you are going to build a great team that works toward common goals you must acknowledge and tap into this simple fact of human motivation. Once you acknowledge this basic truth, you can implement a performance and incentive system that aligns self interest and team interest. Dysfunction occurs when you try to advance one at the expense of the other.

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“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

-Alexander Graham Bell

If you have experienced a career, client or project door closing, let it go without regret and be grateful for the opportunity and all that it brought you. Go confidently forward and know you have become stronger as a result of the experiences, skills and relationships you acquired and apply them to the next door YOU choose to open. It is one chapter of a story, not the whole story. Your job is to listen for the next door of opportunity that is knocking!

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“The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness…..”

-Thomas Edison

Our society values immediate gratification, but sometimes we have to discover some of the wrong paths towards success before we discover the right path. We never really fail unless we give up on our goals before we have secured success. Keep the faith and keep moving forward!

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