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Root out the aggression in your life

Zen Flash

 
“Root out the aggression in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh~

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See simplicity in the complicated

Zen Flash

 
“See simplicity in the complicated, Seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done as if they were easy.”
~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching Images of the “Golden Ratio” – the mathematically and aesthetically balanced swirl pattern of self-organizing systems that arises naturally throughout the cosmos…

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Sing the Monday Blues Away

Practical Practice Management

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“Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be.”

Sing those Monday morning blues away.  Pick your favorite music and sing yourself all the way to work, you will feel great by the time you get there.

For many of us Mondays are the beginning of a new week, start it out in the best way possible. I think Wade Boggs sums it up pretty well in his quote below and if we practice this we cannot help but have a great day everyday.

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

Happy Monday to you all!

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When You Compromise Your Values

Practical Practice Management

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Whether you work for a large corporation with a lot of co-workers or a small business, you should do what is ethically right no matter what others around you do.

You and only you can claim the fame of your integrity.  I have heard employees’ state “Well, if they are not doing what they should, then why should I?”  My questions for you would be “shouldn’t you do what is expected of you no matter what?”

Should you act like a lemming, just following what everyone else does?  If they jump off the ledge then you should too?

We know the correct answer is “no” but sometimes we end up following the crowd and compromising our values and beliefs. Even if it is just for a moment, it can be damaging to your reputation.

Below is a saying that apparently Mother Teresa had in one of the children’s homes, it…

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The Way Of The Fool Seems Right

Practical Practice Management

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A friend of mine sent me some old proverbs to read, I found them interesting and thought-provoking.  A particular one stood out when I read it.

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

When you think about this it is so true.  How many times have you come up with a great idea and everyone else thinks it is not?  We are able to think of so many things that are right with the idea and have a hard time thinking of any of the negatives.  Yet when we pursue our great idea it does not turn out even close to being good.

Seeking wise counsel is always an excellent idea.  Do you have someone who could serve in the capacity of a counselor, adviser or mentor to you?  If you do not, then start seeking one out, a good mentor/adviser is…

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Make Time For Fun

Practical Practice Management

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Happy Friday to you all.  I will be heading out to visit the country of my family today, Italy.  It is a place that I love to go to, and look forward to each year.

When I was at a recent conference, one of the things we were required to do was to write goals, one of the areas was to write our fun goals down.  On each line I wrote vacation with family and friends.  We must make time for fun in our lives as we never know when the horn will blow and either we or a dear family member will be taken from us.

Live is short, enjoy each day and do not forget to make time for fun!

Ciao

Tina

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Good Leaders Don’t Hold People Accountable

How Leaders Manage

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Old school managers who have an autocratic style (military, dictatorial, or authoritarian) are big into holding people accountable.  One of my earlier managers as I entered the job market operated this way and was proud of it.  He consistently harped on his “accountability checklist”.  He was an extreme micro-manager.   He had his fingers in everything.  All aspects of the people’s daily task, he was involved.  Overtime his people started to push back and rebel against his methods.  They began only doing the bare minimums of what was expected.  He could only pay attention to a few things at a time and those are the only things his people put any effort into doing the right way and it was minimum at best.  Everything else they cut corners.  When you hold people accountable you have to be prepared to take action when they don’t do what you ask.

Holding people accountable is…

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