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Six Ways to Rise Above Your Critics

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

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To escape criticism- do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

A story is told of Winston Churchill and his extraordinary integrity in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him two gentlemen began whispering. “That’s Winston Churchill. They say he is getting senile. They say he should step aside and leave the running of the nation to more dynamic and capable men.” When the ceremony was over, Churchill turned to the men and said, “Gentlemen, they also say he is deaf.”

Critics. Every leader has them and every leader will. How you respond to critics is an important component of your leadership development. It’s all too easy to get defensive when critics rub us the wrong way or misunderstand us. But can you appreciate a critic when he or she is right? Rising above your critics takes…

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A Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves

6 Actions You Can Take Every Day to Build Your Self-Confidence

Paradigms are Made for Shifting

Creative by Nature

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels~Albert Einstein, N.Y. Times, 1946

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Over the course of the last hundred years, modern Western scientists have given us a deeper view of the Universe, of Life & Nature as a creative and unified self-organizing process.

Golden Ratio MonaGalaxies and hurricanes spinning, continents moving, societies changing, children growing, rivers flowing, artists creating, friendships forming, flowers unfolding. This is how Nature evolves, grows and changes. Every “thing” that exists in our Universe is actually a dynamic complex system interdependently connected to other systems, that’s constantly moving and changing, less a static “thing” than an evolving and transforming creative process.

Similar views of Nature’s Paradigm have arisen in other cultures and ages. Almost two thousand years ago, the Roman philosopher Cicero, spoke of the Universe as a unified field of interdependent relationships, writing “”Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se conexa” that “Everything…

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Realize You are the Earth – Thich Nhat Hanh

Creative by Nature

“We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. To breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it, realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, that the Earth is only the environment. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

10513455_502706996526907_5936773499849797750_nSo to breathe in and be aware of your body…

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Door County ‘fall foliage’ ride

The future is now

Thinking About Tattling On a Co-worker? Ask Madeleine

Blanchard LeaderChat

Business colleagues whispering to each other in the office Dear Madeleine,

I lead a great team at a large construction engineering firm. I feel that my boss is being taken advantage of by a couple of my peers who report to him. My boss travels a lot, so he is never here to see what really goes on, but I see people coming in late, leaving early, and claiming that their plate is full and they can’t take on more work when I know they are on their computers trolling shopping sites for deals. Meanwhile, I keep taking on more and more.

My team is, and I am, really at capacity in terms of workload and I am getting resentful.  Should I rat people out? I really don’t want to, but this situation is getting out of hand. 

– Don’t Want to be a Rat


Dear Don’t Want to be a Rat,

I totally understand your frustration – I do…

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5 Steps for Tackling Tough Conversations

Blanchard LeaderChat

Business Woman Pointing To Coworker. He Refuses TaskIn a new article for Talent Management magazine, consultants Rachel Eryn Kalish and Pat Zigarmi, coauthors of The Ken Blanchard Companies Challenging Conversations training program, share how leaders can address intense and emotionally charged discussions with open, vibrant, and direct communication.

In an article titled, Conflict? Talk It Out, they explain that while most leaders recognize the importance of open and direct communication, many are reluctant to enter into these challenging conversations. That’s a mistake, according to the authors.  Withholding information or avoiding difficult discussions tends to make things worse. Dealing with conflict always calls for more communication, not less.

To help leaders more easily succeed with challenging conversations they face, the authors suggest a five-step process that can help both parties speak up without pushing the other person away.

5 Steps for Tackling Tough Conversations

  1. State concerns directly. Communicate in a way that doesn’t alienate the…

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My Mind Unlocked

Bittersweet Sensations

I’m never one to free write. Or should I say it’s not for me? But I guess we have to try things that we’re not used to. Maybe it could lead us to something that we’ll like. And as the popular YOLO quote goes, you’ll never know until you try. Actually, I don’t know if they go together. But they seem to, right?

Some of us have a hard time on just writing and writing. Especially for me who’s not a native English speaker. I have to construct my thoughts well before writing it down, and sometimes I think of it in my own language before translating it in English so… and it also has to sound good. Plus the fact that after finishing a sentence (or three), I’ll read everything starting from the very first word, sometimes even the title. I know some of you can relate, we do…

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