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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

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A good heart is better than
all the heads in the world.

~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ~
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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

heart III

A good heart is better than
all the heads in the world.

~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ~
_________________________

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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

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Act as though it were impossible to fail.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
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Lost in the Details

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DSC_3496“Wherever you are, be all there.” ~ Jim Elliot

Life is made of a myriad of moments, a multitude of details. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with all the big stuff of life that we overlook the fine-tuned details that surround us. I’m sharing a few little details I captured, most of which I walk past everyday.

The Observer“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris

I’m glad these things vie for my attention because they have a way of actually getting it, catching my eye, making me stop … and take a moment.

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“After all, it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.” ~ Evelyn Underhill

“All the details of life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out…

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Time To Listen UP

THE UPWARDS LEADER

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There is a saying about listening that goes like this:

“People nowadays don’t listen to hear; they just listen to speak.”

In a day and age when many people are craving for more and better communication, it seems the art of listening is failing us. Our conversations seem to be less emphatic and about the other person, and more about getting our agenda through and waiting for the opportunity to interject.

With these tendencies in mind, it’s time for leaders to Listen UP, and become great listeners.

Listening is not just a skill or a habit; yes it’s both. But mostly, it’s a conscious decision to focus on another individual and the message they are attempting to get across.

There are many factors that prevent proper listening from taking place:

Internal:

  • Focusing on what you want to say
  • Wanting to take over the conversation
  • Letting your emotions, including impatience, override…

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What Are We Thinking?

THE UPWARDS LEADER

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“You become what you think about all day long.” – Earl Nightingale

Our minds are a powerful force in our lives. One thought, perpetuated to fruition, can lead to wide scale crisis. That same mind, given a productive and enlightened focus, can create enormous benefits and blessings.

As human beings we are bound by the laws of physics. The law “nature abhors a vacuum” applies to our thought life as well.

Stop right now, and check your thoughts. What is the dominant thinking you have going on inside right now? Thoughts of self, frustration, and survival? Or thoughts of encouragement, making your world better, modeling exemplary leadership qualities?

Many times our thoughts are fixed on the material things of this world. While these things can enrich our lives and be enjoyable, they do perish over time. The thing we wanted in our teens seem worthless in our 20’s. And what we desired for…

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Lead By Thoughts, Not Feelings

THE UPWARDS LEADER

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One of the most tremendous truths about being human is how our thoughts, feelings, and desires interconnect.

Through our internal connectedness of mind, body, and soul, we can harness greatness within ourselves and develop each aspect to become stronger and more in tune with the other aspects.

Yet our humanness comes with a flaw, in that we can get our feelings out of proportion to rational thinking. When that occurs, we are governed by only one part of us which, if not checked and balanced with the rest of our being, can lead us and others astray.

Feelings are great for motivation, inspiration, and drive. But many people that live solely off of motivational seminars find themselves flat when they try to be in touch with their feelings much to the exclusion of their thoughts.

This can also be true of those who spend time in fear or worry and let…

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5 Approaches To Develop Yourself And Stay Unique

THE UPWARDS LEADER

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With the wealth of information and advice on how to become better leaders, it can be very tempting to assimilate all types of styles and behaviors and lose yourself in the process.

We have a tendency to look at our weaknesses and focus on growing those areas, leaving our unique gifts and strengths to be lost in the process. Think for instance the new leader, or even the young child, who tries to hard to be someone they’re not by emulating their boss or parent. Many times they have someone pull them aside and say “Relax, just be yourself.”

So how can you blend personal development and stay true to who you are? The balance lies in these key steps:

  1. Know yourself. Take a few minutes and write down what you enjoy and what you feel your strengths are. Write down what people say you’re good at as well. These…

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Don’t Bring Your Baggage To Work

Practical Practice Management

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How do you keep employees from bringing their outside life “baggage” into the workplace?   This is such a common and often asked question I get from clients.

I am not talking about employees that are dealing with stressful life issues, such as terminal illness in their family, divorce, or personal family issues. Even these types of situations have their place, such as a mention for understanding, but not a continued conversation that would interrupt the flow of business being done.

What employers do not want are the petty things that people will bring into the workplace and allow them to take over their priorities and often their coworkers at work. Everyone knows that Mary and Bob broke off their relationship and it is the talk of the office for days, weeks and possibly months. This is the type of personal baggage that does not belong at work. 

It is okay to…

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Don’t Bring Your Baggage To Work

Practical Practice Management

baggage

How do you keep employees from bringing their outside life “baggage” into the workplace?   This is such a common and often asked question I get from clients.

I am not talking about employees that are dealing with stressful life issues, such as terminal illness in their family, divorce, or personal family issues. Even these types of situations have their place, such as a mention for understanding, but not a continued conversation that would interrupt the flow of business being done.

What employers do not want are the petty things that people will bring into the workplace and allow them to take over their priorities and often their coworkers at work. Everyone knows that Mary and Bob broke off their relationship and it is the talk of the office for days, weeks and possibly months. This is the type of personal baggage that does not belong at work. 

It is okay to…

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