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On Leadership Styles, Philosophies and Where You Live

How to Be a Rock Solid Leader

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Rock Solid Leader

The en masse exodus of Baby Boomers alarms some in the business community as retirement encroaches. Varying reasons exist for the multiple reactions to retirement. The energized and ready can’t wait to quit the daily pace of dutiful work obligations in exchange for a more relaxed pace. Others are uncertain, wary and intimidated about this forthcoming season in their lives. 

The question arises, how do you stay a rock solid leader after retirement?

Leadership Validation Is a Core Process

Before a leader can navigate his retirement, an important and often overlooked step is the leadership validation process. This is the process of confirming that a job was well done. Meaningfulness becomes increasingly important as one becomes more experienced.

A rock solid leader who validates the claims of leadership manifested in the working years gains more assurance and is emotionally ready for the exit.

For many, this validation is unnerving:

  • How…

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Lessons From Argentine Reaction to World Cup Loss

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Argentina Riots

VIDEO: Riots erupted in Argentina after World Cup loss.

High hopes and expectations gave way to defeat, shock, dejection and finally to pain, anger and destruction.

This was the 120-minute journey taken by Argentina’s national football team’s supporters who had gathered at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, to watch the final 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Germany. Chaos erupted after Argentina lost to Germany.

Who publicly vents their frustration through riotous acts of violence and hooliganism because of a loss?

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Before we rush to condemn the fans’ behavior, it’s important to consider what may have led them to do what they did. In today’s world, success is highly overrated. We celebrate those who come first, conquer (however we define that), make it big, win awards and medals, achieve in one way or other. It’s all about positive feelings, positive emotions…

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54-மகா பெரியவா – அனுபவங்கள் ஆயிரம்

திலக தாரணம்

Sage of Kanchi


அலக்ஷ்மீகரமானதற்கெல்லாம் பூர்ணகும்பம் வைத்துக் கூப்பிடுவதாக் இப்போது பல நடந்து வருவதில் இன்னொன்று, பெண்கள் முறையாகத் திலக தாரணம் பண்ணிக் கொள்ளாமலிருப்பது. கன்யாக் குழந்தைகளுக்கும் ஸுமங்கலிகளுக்கும் திலகம் இட்டுக் கொள்வதை அத்யாவச்யமான அலங்காரமாக நம் ஆசாரத்தில் விதித்திருக்கிறது. அது முகத்துக்கே ஒரு சோபையைக் கொடுப்பதோடு சுபமான சக்திகளை வரவழைத்துத் தருவது ‘ப்ரூகுடி’ என்ற புருவ மத்தியில் யோக சாஸ்த்ர சக்ரங்களில் ஒன்று இருக்கிறது. சித்தத்தை ஒருமுகப்படுத்தி ‘கான்ஸென்ட்ரேட்’  பண்ணுவதற்கு அந்த இடத்திலேதான் நம்முடைய த்யான லக்ஷ்யத்தை வைத்துப் பார்ப்பார்கள். ‘ஸரியாக அந்த இடத்தில் திலகம் இட்டுக் கொள்வது நம்மிடமுள்ள நல்ல சக்திகள் வ்ரயமாகாமல் மூடி போட்டுக் காப்பாற்றுகிறது; energy band -ஐ protect பண்ணுகிறது’ என்று இந்த நாள் அறிவாளிகளும் சொல்கிறார்கள்.

நல்ல மஞ்சள் குங்குமந்தான் நெற்றிக்கு இட்டுக் கொள்வதற்கானது. ஸுமங்கலிகள் புருவங்களுக்கு மத்தியில் இட்டுக் கொள்வதோடு, அதைவிட முக்யமாக வகிட்டிலும் இட்டுக்கொள்ளவேண்டும். அதுவே பரம ஸெளபாக்யம், ஸுமங்கலிகளின் வகிடு மஹாலக்ஷ்மியின் வாஸ ஸ்தானங்களில் ஒன்று. அம்பாளே தன்னுடைய வகிட்டில் செக்கச் செவேலென்று ஸூர்யோதய ரேகை மாதிரிக் குங்குமம் இட்டுக்கொண்டிருந்ததை ஆசார்யாள் ‘ஸெளந்த்ர்ய லஹரி’யில் பாடியிருக்கிறார்.

கன்யாக் குழந்தைகள் சாந்தும் இட்டுக் கொள்ளலாம். அகத்திலேயே அரிசியைக் கருக்கிப் பண்ணிய கருப்புச் சாந்து.

கடையிலே கலர் கலராக விற்கிற பொட்டுக்களை வாங்கி ஒட்டிக்கொள்வது அடியோடு தப்பு, அந்தப் பொட்டை சர்மத்தோடு ஒட்டச் செய்கிற கெமிகலோ, எதுவோ ஒன்று அநாசாரமானதாகவே இருக்கும். அதனால் நாளடைவில் சர்மவியாதி ஏதாவது…

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The Vital Importance of Conflict Resolution

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I am not a fan of conflict. I?d prefer to have zero conflicts in my life, both my personal life and my professional life.

My preference however is unrealistic because conflicts are a part of life. They happen! As a matter of fact, if you have a pulse and interact with other human beings then you will have conflicts too.

Some people will go to extreme lengths to avoid conflict. I think they avoid them because they believe all conflicts lead to poor outcomes. They have so little confidence in their own communication skills that they fear losing control of their emotions and making the situation that originally caused the conflict even worse.

That?s a challenging way to go through life for anyone. If you have that challenge and you’re in a leadership position then it?s far more than a challenge, it can be a disaster.

Unresolved conflict leads directly…

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Can You Predict the Future?

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Your future might be an extension of your past. Emphasis on might!

One of the key reasons that successful organizations and individuals eventually fail is that they assume their future is an extension of their past. They assume that because they are a success today that they always will be.

They take their foot off the gas, their eye off the ball and they decide, at least subconsciously, to leave the fundamentals to other, less successful people and organizations. They have already succeeded and they fall into the trap of thinking that fundamentals are for those still trying to succeed.

It’s the mistake of mistakes.

Today’s success merely gives you a head-start on tomorrow’s. It provides you with a foundation, a roadmap to future success, but it guarantees nothing.

It makes little difference how long you’ve known success, the moment you stop doing the things that made you a…

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Are Your Thoughts Controlling Your Life?

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In every second of every minute, we all experience thousands of thoughts in our mind. These thoughts can be positive. They can be negative. They can be wanted or unwanted. They can serve us or they can dis serve us. They can make us happy or unhappy. Ultimately the thoughts we are thinking can create our reality.

Many of us are unaware or unconscious of these thoughts that we are experiencing on a daily basis. Usually we are so busy with our lives, that we don’t have time to think and reflect about what is really going on in this mind of ours. We are bombarded by television, the internet, magazines, newspapers, the radio etc. in what to think. Our educational system as a whole teaches people WHAT to think however it fails in the greatest necessity in teaching people in HOW to think. If we have the power, the…

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10 Things to Remember When Planning a Professional Event

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corporate event planning

Throughout my career, I’ve played the role of “event planner” more times than I can count. Fundraisers, golf outings, press events, clay shoots, meet and greets, prayer breakfasts, networking mixers, seminars and conferences are just some of the various types of events I’ve helped to plan. For each one there’s been a different venue, audience, menu, setup and marketing strategy. It’s been a whirlwind!

This experience has helped me to create quite the “tool box” of tips and tricks for successful event planning that can only be gained from my own trial and error. Oh and there have been many errors! Now I have professional events down to a work of art. I can anticipate the unexpected and I come prepared to address every odd request you can imagine. To help you do the same, here are 10 things to always, always remember when planning a professional event.

1. Be…

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Promoting and Selling Your Ideas — 3 Steps to Success

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Bright Idea ConceptEver get a good idea? It starts out as a feeling that you might have a solution to a problem. A few days later you’re thinking Hey, I’ve got something here. This could really help. And the cost is well within reason. I owe it to myself and the organization to get this on the radar. But how do you go about it?

There are three phases in selling ideas or initiating a new approach. There is the pre-sell. Then there is the sell. And then there is the after-sell. The actual sell may be the least important element.

Persuading people to adopt something new is tricky. It requires them to move away from their current thinking and embrace something different. Sometimes the real challenge isn’t getting them to like the new way—it’s getting them to let go of the old one.

If you are looking to launch an initiative…

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