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Team building and Time Management

“Time is the scarcest resource; and unless it is managed, nothing else can be manged.” – Peter Drucker.

If you’re like me you recognize the need for better time management.  You may have read some books with some helpful tips. Somehow you still manage to waste an awful lot of the precious time you’re given.  You may have heard the old saying “you can always make more money if you know how, but we all still only have 24 hrs each day”. Time is our most valuable resource due to it’s limited nature.   The richest and most powerful people in the world have the same 24 hrs each day that you and I have. Many of them are no smarter that anyone else, with one key exception…   They managed / leveraged their time better than we have.  I, like you, am still working on implementing many of these techniques in my daily and weekly routines.  As I work on getting better in these areas I want to share them with you.

Here is the good news…  You and I both CAN change today!  We can choose to start managing our time better right now.  If you are looking for better results for yourself and your team there are some specific principles that we can implement for better time management in every area of your life and each of your team members or staff members’ lives.

In no particular order, Here are some things you can start doing today.

Game Panning and Goal Setting:   If you spend an hour or two at the beginning of each week or before you start a major project, you could easily save 10-20 hours of unproductive work. Setting specific goals will help you be far more effective toward achieving those goals.  Here’s the key parts of setting goals: When setting goals you should have them written down. when you writing them down it’s helpful to be specific.  use this formula to help…  from what (current scoreboard/starting point), to what (the desired outcome/goal) , by when(set a date to have it accomplished by). If you have larger goals it may help to break down the goal into smaller “bite sized” chunks.  Set mile markers or checkpoints along the way.  Here’s an important piece – provide a realist reward for hitting each checkpoint and end goal.

Intentional improvement: Making/planning time (I suggest starting with at least an hour each day) to read in a specific attempt to improve yourself and your team is a big part of this process. (Bible reading, prayer and meditation should be a part of this process) while reading ask yourself  “Can I make changes in any area of my life to get better results? Is there something I can change about myself that would yield better results for my team? What are the major issues that I or my team are facing?” Then, while reading be looking for answers to your questions. You’ll be amazed at how quickly those answers will come compared to the time it takes to find the answers without taking the time to read. Listening to great audio CD’s is another big part of this.

Increase Reading Speed:  According to the Dale Carnegie group, “The average reading speed is two hundred words per minute. Most people have to read for at least two hours a day for work.  A speed reading course can double your reading speed.  That gives you another hour to do more productive things.” I might mention here also that you should be reading outside of work also.  If you’re taking time to read this I can assume that you are one of the few individuals that actually read regularly.  I congratulate you for that distinction!  You are among the top 10% of people in the world who do so!

Seek advice:  During the process of making changes inevitably some changes will work and others will not. By asking questions and seeking advice from others, you can save a lot of valuable time doing the wrong things or perhaps doing the right things in the wrong way.  Having/finding a mentor who is well removed from your situation, who is better able and willing to provide objective advice is highly recommendable.

Patience is STILL a virtue:  Making changes in your live and wanting to see changes in your team right away is perfectly natural.  Try to give yourself and others a little grace.  Making lasting changes will take time.  It takes time to see the changes you make become a reality and than it takes more time to see those changes become part of the fundamental and foundational qualities of your organization.  So just practice being patient.

Embrace Adventure and New Ideas: Don’t be afraid of looking at other opportunities, career paths, entrepreneurial ventures, or new partnerships.   Make it a point to stretch yourself, step outside of your comfort zone (which is rarely comfortable) or what I prefer to call your familiar zone. be intentional about trying new things. Challenge yourself to try at least one new way of doing things each day.  You may find that something works far better than you anticipated.

Ask For Help:  One of the most important Time management tools is this principle of delegation. Don’t be afraid of asking for or hiring help.  Many successful people understand that there are some things that they alone should be doing.  So many of the tasks that take up your time could be and should be given to someone else to do.  If someone else can do the task 70-80% as well as you, they should be doing it instead of you. Answering phones and checking and responding to most e-mails are tasks that many mangers, pastors, and other leaders try to do themselves.  Free up your time to focus on the things that ONLY YOU can/should be doing! Don’t let your ego get in the way of asking for help.

Create and Manage a TO-DO list: This is the single most important element, that if utilized properly will catapult your results higher than you can imagine! There’s a lot of important details that will help you become far more effective in this area. This is probably the single biggest multiplier when it comes to being good with managing your time! Let’s look at what it takes to succeed in this area.

  • Make the list:  write a list of all the things you need to do tomorrow and in the next week. Think about  the various tasks, priorities, activities, promises you made and people you need to spend time with or have important conversations with.
  • Important versus urgent: Figure out which items are most important and which ones are most urgent, maybe an item could be both important and urgent. Think about how one may effect the others?
  • Assign a rank: There are a couple of popular methods most people use.  See which works best for you.
    1.  A,B,C ranking:  “A” Tasks that have the highest priority or urgency.  “B” Tasks that are moderately important but can wait until after “A” tasks. “C” tasks are the lowest importance level and can be done after “A” and “B” tasks are completed.
    2. Ranking by number: This is my preferred method.  (Recall the story of Mr. Ivy Lee giving this technique to Mr. Charles Schwab, President of the Bethlehem Steele Co. over 100 years ago, after 2 weeks of implementation Schwab paid Lee $25,000.  He thought it was that the advice was THAT valuable!) Lee told Schwab to write down on a 3″x5″ card, the top 5 (I’ve seen several sources that say 5 and others say it was 6) most important things needing to be done tomorrow. Then Lee told him to number those things with 1 being the top most priority, 2 being the next important, and so on and so on.   (Personal side note: things that are urgent but not important should be delegated to someone else.  if someone can do that job 80% as well as you, you should be letting that person do the job that takes you away from the most important tasks.) Lee continued by saying that everything possible that can be done on item 1 should be done before moving on to task number 2. You should do everything that can be done to accomplish task number 2 before moving on to task number 3, etc. etc.
  • Reward yourself:  It is vitally important that you reward yourself appropriately for accomplishments made toward your goals.  This reinforces your psychological belief in your ability to accomplish the end goal and in return, makes you more effective.  Don’t forget to reward your team members in the fashion.  Help your team members understand how much you appreciate their efforts.  Be genuine in your approbation, however.  Your team will know if you’re being fake!

I trust you found this very helpful. If you took the time to read through the whole of this post, please take a moment to let me know if these ideas were helpful to you and your company.

Philip Brittain

philip@life-leadershift.com

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Triple-A Formula For Attracting People (Part 2)- Validation

Let me set the stage for a moment:  Almost every major book on the topics of leadership, management, success, and personal growth has “listening to great audio recordings” listed as a key component toward helping any individual achieve more, do more, and be more in life. I stumbled into this information a few years ago began to apply it in my life. I  now listen to a lot of audio recordings throughout each day to gain insight on specific topics, and also to get myself (that sinister, critical, and negative inner voice) to shut-up long enough to hear some positive truth and encouraging information.  One such audio recording I was listening to a few days ago had a commentary from the late Jackie Lewis.  She mentioned a blog post by Orrin Woodward who was recently ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the world’s top 20 leadership and management experts.

I loved this video and thought it was a great follow up to my prior post: Triple-A Formula For Attracting People. I suggest you read that original post before you continue.

Orrin’s post is great! Take a few minutes to read his words and watch the attached video.  Post your thoughts comments and answers to the following questions below.  Have you ever experienced this kind of validation? (If so, see Orrin’s assignment below.) Have you ever given this kind of validation?  How did it make you feel afterward in either case?

Here is what Orrin posted:

I watched the most incredible 15 minute video of my entire life.  The lessons in this short 15 minutes cover a range from joy to depression, victories to setbacks, naive positivity to chosen positivity, self to others, individual to team, living small to living large, hopeless to hopeful, taking to giving, paycheck to significance, and many more. 

 

The longer I live, the more I realize the essential hunger inside of everyone to be accepted, approved and appreciated.  If we, as human beings, could all learn to focus on others before focusing on ourselves, we would overcome so many of the problems that plague our society today.  If we desire acceptance in life, then we must give acceptance.  If we desire approval in life, then we must give approval.  If we desire appreciation in life, then we must give appreciation.  If we desire validation in life then we must give validation and if we desire smiles then give others your smile. 

 

I know people can accuse me, an engineer, of losing my rationality and falling into sentimentality, but I know what I speak is true.  A sincerely thought out and spoken or written comment can fuel a person for a week.  I know many high achievers and it is as true for them as it is for a young child.  Recognition: grown men die for it and babies cry for it.  Do not hoard this precious gift.  Do not feel that complimenting and praising others takes from you.  Appreciation is one of the few gifts that the more you give it away, the more it returns to you.  You will gather more bees with honey than vinegar.  There is a shortage of honey and stockpiles of vinegar in life.  This short film has inspired me to share my thanks with you.

 

I want to thank all of my friends and family for the many kind words and encouraging statements.  I will never be able to share how much they have meant to me over the last year.  The world tends to beat the joy out of you, but you still have the choice of whether to surrender your joy.  If you lost your joy in 2008, then choose now to reclaim it by giving away joy to others.  Start a virtuous cycle of sincere praise and appreciation and let’s change the world one life at a time!  Can you imagine if every person at every open encourage the other people at our opens like Hugh Newman?  The Team would be well past one million people in no time at all!  God Bless, Orrin Woodward

 

Assignment: Please share the names of people who have brought joy to your life through their encouraging words of appreciation and validation.

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You Don’t Have to Get Good to Get Started, You Have to Get Started to Get Good!

“You don’t have to get good to get started, you have to get started to get good.” I love that quote.  I’m not sure who said it first but I heard it first from Leadership expert Orrin Woodward (Listed at #20 in Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and management Experts) The truth of this statement rings louder the more people I talk to.

Orrin Woodward’s story alone should be enough to prove the statement true. But let’s not stop there. Chris Brady (inc.com’s #39 expert) who was mentored by Oriin Woodward has an equally impressive story. Having heard their story by them on audio or in person, I can only describe what they have said. Each of them started with a dream of a better life, an idea that drove them and many others to accomplish massive success. That success did not come easy however, Because neither Orrin or Chris had any decent people skills to talk about. Both were quintessential engineers with pocket protectors and color coordinated pens. Orrin quotes what someone wrote in his high school yearbook “arguing, arguing, early and late. If a line were crooked, he’d argue it straight.” Does that sound like a man born to lead thousands of people? No way!

When I hear men like Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Dan Hawkins, Bill Lewis, George Guzzardo, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton (and of course their amazing wives) and so many other incredible leaders within the Life Leadership organization tell their stories of dream and struggle toward victory, I see hope. I see hope like thousands of other leaders across the country and across the world because I know that I can achieve my goals and dreams just like they have. So can you. As the old saying goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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The more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn. I don’t have all the answers, for that matter I may not have any answers. The one thing I do know is that we all have the ability to learn. We can and we do every single day! The real question for you is this: Are you going to make a decision to get started doing whatever you know in your heart you should be starting or are you going to complain about not being smart enough or talented enough or whatever else, enough? The choice is yours!

You can live in fear or you can decide to get started and learn what you need to learn along the way. Think about the first time you did anything. -Swing a bat at a baseball -Tie your shoes -crack an egg -read, write or spell How many things did you ever do perfectly the first time and every time thereafter? None! You have to learn, You have to practice, You have to seek help from others who have done it before. DON’T LET FEAR HOLD YOU BACK! Get into action today. You can do it! You can do it because you can learn. GO! DO! BECOME! Achieve your dreams! Follow your passions! Don’t forget to ask for help along the way.

You have to get started to get good!

So DECIDE to START today!

Philip Brittain

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Why Should You Pursue You Purpose?

I saw this video on Facebook and I thought it was such a great follow up to my post “Leadership, Where Do I Start?”

Before you watch the video (If you have not already seen it) let me ask you a few very important questions… Are you passionate about anything in your life?  Have you figured out what your purpose is? Why should you pursue your purpose? With those questions in mind, Take the next 6 minutes (roughly) and watch this video.

Josiah Mizukami: Need Some Motivation? Video

If that video struck a chord in you the same way it did me, then we can take the next step.
To answer the question “why should you pursue your purpose?”, you have to first recognize that you HAVE a purpose! To recognize that you have a purpose is to also recognize that you were MADE for a purpose.  This leads us to recognize further that if we were made, then there must be a MAKER.  That maker is the God who created the heavens and the Earth!  That Maker, God himself, Yahweh, The Great I AM created you, knows you, loves you, and wants to do great things through you!
If you have questions about this, I’d be happy to talk with you more, just send me an e-mail or comment below.
The God of the universe loves you like no other!  He also loves the people in your sphere of influence!  Only you can reach those individuals.  Only you can show them hope for a better tomorrow.  How better to do that than to live your own life in a relentless pursuit of the passions that He placed within you?  If you don’t, who will?
Just look around you. Look at all the friends and family and coworkers you see living their lives in the doldrums, busy, living paycheck-to-paycheck, just getting by, in debt up their eyeballs.  Maybe that’s you today.  Maybe it’s time for you to step up and lead.  Maybe you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.  You can and you should make a decision TODAY to change. To take charge. To start living intentionally for excellence!   Congratulations!  Today is a new day!  CARPE DIEM!  Seize the day!  Because others are counting on you!  That’s why you should pursue your purpose!  Now go out and DO IT!
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Leadership, Where do I start?

When it comes to the subject of leadership it can be hard to figure out where to start, especially if you’re new to the subject.

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One of the best books I’ve ever read on the subject of leadership is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE By Inc. Magazine’s top 20 leadership expert Orrin Woodward! In his book, Orrin discusses leadership through 13 resolutions divided into three phases.  The three phases of leadership build on each other; first, through private achievements then moving into public achievements and finally culminating with leadership achievements. In this post I’d like to discuss the first resolution as a foundation for the rest;  Resolution 1: Purpose.  Before I continue I want to inform you, the reader that I am not writing this as a person who has this totally figured out.  Rather, I am writing this because I am in the process of figuring these things out just like you.

Resolution 1: I resolve to discover my God-given purpose.  I know that when my potential, Passions, and Profits intersect, my purpose is revealed.

“Sadly, many will live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them rather than leading their lives.” –Orrin Woodward  We must first find the place where potential and passions intersect with profits in order to find our purpose. God has placed within each person specific passions and potential to use those passions. When you can find or create an income (profits) to be able to do the things you’re passionate about; That is where your purpose can be found and accomplished.

WHY?  Why work on improving in my leadership skills.  Why go through all the tough trials to get better?  Why put myself (and potentially others) through the hardships I know I will face?   These are important questions that must be answered before one can move forward in his/her leadership journey.   These are foundational questions.

Without a purpose, a dream, a bigger driving force, there will be no reason to make the tough or even the small, daily decisions ahead.  There will be no overarching, higher purpose to propel you forward. Stephen Covey called it the “big rocks first” principle. Steve Jobs called it a “hedgehog” purpose/principle.  By aligning your decisions with your purpose you can make better decisions to propel you toward your purpose faster.  This also makes decision making much easier.  Orrin quotes Steven Covey in this chapter on purpose; “…If something is important, it contributes to your mission, your values, your high priority goals.”

Time Management is made easier by clearly understanding your own mission, values, and high priority goals.  One of the best time management tools I’ve ever used is described through a conversation between Charles Schwab of the Bethlehem Steel Company and Mr. Ivy Lee who is considered by most to be corporate America’s first public relations man in the early twentieth century.  Ivy Lee called on Schwab and through a 25 minute conversation tells him to write down at the end of every day the top five things that need to be done tomorrow, giving each a numbered priority.  Lee then tells Schwab to work on the most important thing on that list untill it is finished or nothing else can be done toward it.  Schwab is told to complete this pattern for each of the top 5 most important things each and every day.  Lee’s parting words to Schwab were “spend the last 5 minutes of every working day making out a “must-do” list for thge next day’s tasks. After you’ve convinced yourself of the worth of this method, have your people try it. Try it out as long as you wish and then send me a check for what YOU think it’s worth”  After 2 weeks of implementing this “top 5 to-do list” method, Schwab send Lee a check for $25, 000!  At $1,000 per hour, that’s a 25 minutes well invested, don’t you think?

Understanding your God-given purpose, your values, and your high priority goals will help you say “no” to the good so that you can say “yes” to the great.  It will help you replace the urgent with the important.  It will guide you through each and every day to help you live the life you’ve always wanted!

So begin today, take the next week if you must, and start asking yourself the important questions.  Figure out where your passion and potential intersect with profits and you will be well on your way toward living your life intentionally for excellence!

I hope and pray that what I’m learning can also help you on your leadership journey,

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Philip Brittain
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If you’d like to purchase a copy of Orrin’s book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, You can do so easily by visiting my online store.

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Uncommon Results Only Follow Uncommon Work

Our world is full of examples of people in our lifetime and throughout history who chose to be uncommon long enough to see uncommon results!  Whether in business or family or personal growth you can achieve the success if you learn one simple (notice I did not say “easy”) principle. Maybe you are struggling to see the results that you think you deserve already. Maybe you’ve been kicked off the proverbial horse and beaten down to the point that you have trouble even believing that success, however you define it, is even possible.  Maybe you’re the person who has been near the top in your profession but can never seem to break through that glass ceiling. perhaps you have tried to hit certain goals or win a sales or production contest but just can’t seem to get it done.  If you can relate to what I’m saying, I’m talking to YOU!

Talent is over-rated!  You may have most of the talent in your group or team but perhaps there is someone who has less talent than you stealing your spotlight, right?   Why is that happening? Why does it continue to happen? Because that person has hunger. I’m not referring to a hunger for food.  I’m referring to hunger as a dream, a reason why or a desire that fuels an uncommon work ethic.  A hungry person will have far more success than a talented person who is not hungry.  Hunger beats talent every time!

If you want success in any area, you must be willing to do the work.  Let me say that in a different way. In order to achieve uncommon success you must be willing to be uncommon. The common person will not work hard enough for long enough to achieve the success that you will achieve if you are willing to put in the work and preparation.

In addition  to the work ethic  there is one other principle that must be mentioned.  I think we have al heard the term ” there is no I in team.” but have you also heard the acronym for team?  TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More!   If you are running for a goal all by yourself or you think you alone can “carry” your team (even if your results usually do), you can truly achieve more if you start working as a team.  Everyone does more when you are working truly as a unit.  A word of caution: don’t be a prima donna!  Don’t try to be “the guy” or gal.  even if you are, if you give the credit away at every opportunity you will find yourself surrounded by friends and team mates working harder for the team goal and achieving far more than you could ever achieve on your own!

I love this clip from the movie miracle in which Herb Brooks, coaching the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team teaches these principles in a very powerful way.  Take a moment to watch this clip (about 7 minutes long)  and then answer a couple of questions afterward.

Do you know who you’re playing for?

Are you playing for the name on the back of your jersey or the name on the front of your jersey?

Ae you wearing the right jersey?

Do you have a good coach who will push you and challenge you to do your absolute best?

Are you doing the same things the rest of your team is doing? Are you a “common” team member?

If you are the coach or leader of an organization are you pushing and challenging your team toward uncommon work?

 

You CAN become uncommon. I love LIFE-Leadership because it is the best program to take an uncommon person and make a winner out them!  Better information applied will bring better results!

Sincerely,

Philip Brittain

 

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Entrepreneur as Leader (By Orrin Woodward)

Orrin woodward has such an amazing way of communicating truth.  This article from Orrin is a fantastic example of his excellence in conveying principles of success in the marketplace.  I trust you will enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 22, 2013

An entrepreneur must be a leader. Why? Because he or she must build and lead teams of people to accomplish the task, satisfy the customer, and do so at a price that leaves profit for the team members. In other words, ineffective leaders soon prove to be ineffective entrepreneurs because the customer isn’t satisfied nor the teams paid well. Nonetheless, many would-be entrepreneurs start business while ignoring the importance of leadership to the health of their enterprise.

Entrepreneurs should enter into markets where they feel they can satisfy the customers better than their competitors. For instance, Jack Welch, in his early days, was called “Neutron Jack” because he refused to be in a business sector where he couldn’t improve to either #1 or #2. His philosophy of business led him to get out of markets where he couldn’t be the best, and move into markets where he could be the best, thus maximizing profits for the company and ensuring employment for the workers. Incidentally, few seem to understand that only a profitable company can maintain its workers. Since profit is the life-blood of any business, when a company is losing money, it’s similar to a patient losing blood.  In both instances, death results if the bleeding isn’t checked.

Accordingly, leaders are constantly studying the vital signs of their business, ensuring the business is not bleeding to death. In fact, leaders must be PDCA champions, constantly making adjustment in the areas where it can have the most impact. They don’t just change things to make change, however. Instead, they listen, study, and analyze until they determine which area of change could have the biggest impact on the bottom line. Then they do something unheard of in our modern world, namely, take massive action to drive the team and business forward.

Whenever I study a business, the first question I ask is: Who is the leader? If an effective leader is in charge, he can overcome lack of capital, lack of resources, and still beat competitors who have plenty of both. Why? Because leaders constantly are developing innovative ways to solve problems while managers focus on the same methods that worked before. I love the saying: If it isn’t broke, then break it and make it better.

When my co-founders and I started LIFE Leadership, we did so with little funds or resources, but we had a superbly talented leadership team. I knew that the leadership team would quickly build the leadership products that could compete with any leadership team anywhere. Interestingly, over the last 18 months LIFE Leadership has become a $50 million dollar conglomerate through building the highest quality personal development products in the industry.

For example, anyone serious about being an entrepreneur ought to purchase and apply the principles from the Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program. The 13 Resolutions are found in my All-Time Top 100 Leadership book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE.  If applied daily, they will radically change the leadership capabilities of any hungry student. In fact, I have hundreds of emails from satisfied customers who did just that.

In summary, if the reader wants to be a successful entrepreneur, then he must be a successful leader. Building a company without building one’s leadership is a fools way to launch a company. For no company will rise higher than the leadership within the company. America needs leaders to create the LeaderShift! What part will the reader play? Here is another segment of the article on the role of entrepreneurs.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Entrepreneur as exceptional leader

Hans Karl Emil von Mangoldt  (1824-1868) developed the notion that entrepreneurial profit is the rent of ability. He divided entrepreneurial income into three parts: (1) a premium on uninsured risks; (2) entrepreneur interest and wages, including only payments for special forms of capital or productive effort that did not admit of exploitation by anyone other than the owner; and (3) entrepreneurial rents or payments for differential abilities or assets not held by anyone else. The first part is a return on risk taking; the second part from capital use and production effort, and the third part from ability or asset specificity. Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) carried forward Mangoldt’s notion of rent-of-ability by adding the element of leadership to “entrepreneurial” responsibilities. Marshall’s entrepreneurs “must be a natural leader of men who can choose assistants wisely but also exercise a general control over everything and preserve order and unity in the main plan of business. In fulfilling this organizational function, the entrepreneur must always be “on the lookout for methods that promise to be more effective in proportion to their cost than methods currently in use”. Marshall noted that not everyone had the innate ability to perform this entrepreneurial role as these abilities are so great that very few persons can exhibit all of them in a very high degree. Accordingly, he termed the entrepreneurial rents specifically as a “quasi-rent”, which is a return for exceptional natural abilities, which are not made by human effort, and enable the entrepreneur to obtain a surplus income over what ordinary persons could expect for similar exertions following similar investments of capital and labour in their education and start in life.

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RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE (Part 2)

Resolved-BookOne of the absolute BEST leadership books I have ever read is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE by Orrin Woodward! Orrin Woodward is a NewYork Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, and Business Weekly best selling author! As a side note: He has a new book  released on April 16th titled LeaderShift Co-authored with Oliver DeMille.  Resolutions were commonplace in our culture during the time of the founding of our country.  Many factors have contributed to the decline in our practice of resolutions.  I want to encourage you join a growing number of people who are taking this idea seriously.  As a leader or someone who wants to be a bigger or better leader I cannot emphasize your need to read and implement the information in this book.  Let me briefly cover the resolutions.

The First five resolutions cover personal or private achievements.  Each one builds upon the priorLeaderShift-Book leading into the public achievements, resolutions six thru 9. The final four (No. I’m not talking about basketball) resolutions culminate to build your leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions are designed to be implemented one at a time for one week each, covering 13 weeks or about 90 days or 3 months!  Enter the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC).  This program takes the 13 resolutions and wraps a whole program around your own website with 360 degree feedback and so much more!   The MFC gives you measurable results in a reasonable amount of time!  It is truly life changing! Yes. I took the challenge myself and yes, it changed my life! OK back to the resolutions…

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Public Achievements:

6) Resolved: I resolve to keep score in the game of life (Keeping Score)

Orrin begins the chapter with the following statement: “I know that the scoreboard forces me to check and confront the results, making the needed adjustments in order to win.” In engineering terms, this resolution encompasses the C and A parts of the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process.  “The CHECK step is the scoreboard of life”. If you are not getting the results you want in life you may need to check the scoreboard and then ADJUST. By confronting brutal reality you will find that your own self-delusion is washed away exposing your own personal success. It’s the only way.  Orrin says “Success is practically assured when a person realizes that he is responsible for his own perpetual personal development process.” Success is simply the PDCA journey of learning. This quote by Orrin sums it all up so perfectly; “The goal is to improve both personally and professionally, closing the gap between where one is and where one desires to be.”

7) Resolved: I resolve to develop the art and science of friendship (Friendship)

Few people have ever taken the time to write about the art of friendship and the importance and impact that a true friendship can have within our own personal lives or on society as a whole.  One of the great friendships that Orrin discusses in this resolution is the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Orrin gives examples of how these two great men exemplified the eight principles of true friendship. 1) True friends form around shared insights. 2) true friends accept one another. 3) True friends approve one another. 4) True friends appreciate one another . 5) True friends listen with empathy. 6) True friends celebrate one another’s success. 7) True friends are trustworthy. 8) True friends are loyal.   True friendship is a lost are in today’s society. In 1985 the average person had 2.94 very close friends according to the American Sociological Review. That number dropped by nearly one-third down to 2.08 friends in 2004.  In the last 9 years I can only imagine how low that number has dropped.  We can change that tide by choosing to be a better friend. By making an effort to be a better friend, you will find that more people want to be your friend.  This is something I love about the LIFE business; real community, real friends, real fun!

8) Resolved: I resolve to develop financial intelligence (Financial Management)Finance Pack

“As a person moves from private achievements into public achievements, he will find his ability to make money increases.”  This is truly one of the most important areas that we each need to learn and improve our understanding in.  Orrin says Financial Literacy and management is as valuable, if not more so, than the ability to earn income.   We must understand some basic principles such as:  Debt enslaves you, Interest can work for or against you, Make more than you spend and spend less than you make.  These principles and more can be found, learned and applied in your life to help you achieve  the next level in getting your finances under control.  A great resource for this is the Maximize Your Finances Pack from LIFE. I have personally seen the results from this pack’s information being applied in a person’s life.  I have seen results in own personal finances from applying these principles.  I encourage you to do the same.  This resolution is THAT important!

9) Resolved: I resolve to develop the art and science of leadership (Leadership Resolution)

Regardless of the community you are involved in at work, church, social groups, or sports teams, everything rises or falls based on the leadership therein!  My goal through this blog is to help you in your leadership journey by proving any information that can help you become a better leader.  Orrin compares sports leaders and business leaders; “Leaders in sports win by developing and executing game plans consistently to fulfill the purpose of the organization…. business leadership is similar but with one significant difference. In a Free Enterprise environment, a business leader doesn’t just execute the game plan, he must first creat a game out of his business.” Orrin lays out a simple way to help in this process as he describes the process of treating business as a game to establish leadership.  The steps involved are 1) Define the Game, 2) Track Parameter, 3) Educate Team Parameters, 4) Play and Score Game, 5) Study Score, 6) Make Adjustments in PDCA, Then back to number one and rotate.  One of the best descriptions of leadership is found in the example of a current in swimming pool. If one person starts creating a current by moving in one direction and others begin to jump in and help move the current in that one direction, eventually anyone who joins the group will get swept along with the current without any effort at all. The converse is true as well. If a leader wants to change the direction of an existing culture or current, He will face tremendous force against him at first.  This is the truest test of a leader: to face an existing current and tenaciously jump in to change it and influence others to join in helping to change the direction.

 

 

The following Resolutions I will cover in part 3.

Public Achievements:

10) Resolved: I resolve to develop the art of conflict resolution (Conflict Resolution)

11) Resolved: I resolve to develop systems thinking (Systems Thinking)

12) Resolved: I resolve to develop Adversity Quotient (Adversity Quotient)

13) Resolved: To reverse the current of decline in my field of mastery (Legacy)

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13 Resolutions For LIFE (Part 1)

Resolved-BookOne of the absolute BEST leadership books I have ever read is RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE  by Orrin Woodward! Orrin Woodward is a NewYork Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, and Business Weekly best selling author! As a side note: He has a new book being released on April 16th titled LeaderShift Co-authored with Oliver DeMille.  Resolutions were commonplace in our culture during the time of the founding of our country.  Many factors have contributed to the decline in our practice of resolutions.  I want to encourage you join a growing number of people who are taking this idea seriously.  As a leader or someone who wants to be a bigger or better leader I cannot emphasize your need to read and implement the information in this book.  Let me briefly cover the resolutions.

The First five resolutions cover personal or private achievements.  Each one builds upon the prior leading into the public achievements, resolutions six thru 9. The final four (No. I’m not talking about basketball) resolutions culminate to build your leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions are designed to be implemented one at a time for one week each, covering 13 weeks or about 90 days or 3 months!  Enter the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC).  This program takes the 13 resolutions and wraps a whole program around your own website with 360 degree feedback and so much more!   The MFC gives you measurable results in a reasonable amount of time!  It is truly life changing! Yes. I took the challenge myself and yes, it changed my life! OK back to the resolutions…

MFC

1) Resolved: I resolve to discover my God-given purpose  (Purpose)

“Sadly, many will live their entire life without purpose, allowing life to lead them rather than leading their lives.” -Orrin Woodward  We must first find the place where potential and passions intersect with profits in order to find our purpose. God has placed within each person specific passions and a potential to use those passions. When you can find or create an income (profits) to be able to do the things you’re passionate about; That is where your purpose can be found and accomplished.

2) Resolved: I resolve to choose character over reputation anytime they conflict  (Character)

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln     John Wooden used three principles in his coaching that helped produce solid character in his players.  Those three principles are 1) Never lie.  2) Never cheat. 3) Never steal. The most simple way to start building your own character I found in a great example given in the book.  Start with you alarm clock.  Set it and when it starts buzzing (or playing music or whatever you use with today’s technology) in the morning, DON’T USE THE SNOOZE BUTTON! If you get up when you said you were going to get up without using the snooze button, you start to build character with yourself and you start your days feeling better. You perform better throughout the day as well.   Go ahead and try it…. I dare you!

3) Resolved: I resolve to have a positive attitude in all situations (Attitude)

You’ve heard it said that attitude is everything.  I disagree. It is almost everything but it must have a foundation of good character. You and I have each met people who have had great attitudes but end up in turmoil because of a character flaw. The good news is that a person can work on both at the same time and improve in both.  To help improve your attitude you will first want to turn down the negative voices around you and turn up the positive voices. This will get easier the more you do it. Reframing is a powerful tool one can use.  By looking at a situation and making a choice to find the positive within what may seem a negative situation.   You can choose how you respond to anything.  You may not be able to control what happens to you but you can always choose how you respond.  Quit reacting and start responding. Choose the right response often enough and you will start reacting properly.  Try using Coach Wooden’s rules 1) Never Whine 2) Never Complain and 3) Never make excuses!  If you’re like me you may be thinking that whining and complaining are the same. They are not.  This resolution goes into detail about the differences.

4) Resolved: I resolve to align my conscious (ant) with my subconscious (elephant) mind towards my vision (Programming the Elephant)

I’m going to quote directly from Orrin’s book here because he describes it so precisely. “Author Vince Poscente in The Ant and The Elephant, describes the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind, teaching that the conscious (ant) mind in one second of thinking  stimulates 2,000 neurons, while the sub-conscious (elephant) mind in a second of imagining stimulates four billion neurons.”  Think about this for a second… companies who advertize on tv will spend millions of dollars for a 30 second commercial. Then they play the same commercial over and over and over and over again.  Do you think they understand the power of the sub-conscious?  Of course they do.  Someone is programming your sub-conscious whether you know it or not.  well, now you know it. So, what are you going to do about it?  I would start by eliminating or at least limiting the amount of TV you watch and start picking up some good books, some positive audio recordings and start finding positive people to hang around and spend time with.  These three things; READ, LISTEN, and ASSOCIATE are the biggest game changers for your life and the primary reasons why the LIFE Business is exploding in growth!

5) Resolved: I resolve to develop and implement  a game plan in each area of my life (Game Plan and Do)

Orrin says in this chapter that “success never goes on sale.”  I whole-heartedly agree! “There are three simple, but not easy steps to success” he continues.   1) What do you want?    2) What is the price?  3) Pay it.   The PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process he describes is vital to the success process.  In this Resolution, we focus on the Plan and Do steps.  It takes 10,000 deliberate, hours of practice and trying to get better at anything to become a master of the craft.  Using the PDCA process over those 10,000 hours through deliberate practice will get you to the goal.  There will be pain in the process.  No pain, No gain!  you’ve heard the term.  It’s true!  you can ease the pain by turning your work into a game.  You will find that by turning work into a game, it no longer seems like work and you are mentally able to work through a much higher level of pain.

Stay tuned for more…

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HBRN’s Leadership Factory: Special Guest Chris Mattis

 

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 1, 2013

Orrin Woodward: HBRN Leadership Factory

Orrin Woodward: HBRN Leadership Factory

Doug Firebaugh, my good friend and fellow leadership fanatic, asked me to host HBRN’s Leadership Factory last year. Although in the middle of launching my leadership company LIFE, I happily accepted because I believe the Leadership Factory is a great way to share principles to help the entire Network Marketing and home business field. Given that Tony Cannuli, another great friend and leader, is my co-host, I knew the show would be meet with success. However, I have to say that these interviews have been more impacting than even my highest expectations. These interviews continue to cull out the best principle-centered leadership methodology in unique ways to benefit the entire professional community.

For this week’s show, we chose the topic of friendship and asked Chris Mattis to be our special guest. I expected a ton from Chris Mattis on this call, knowing that he has mastered the art of building friendships, and he did not disappoint. About once every two weeks, we are shooting a new show. Be sure to check the HBRN Leadership Factory page for the archived shows and also tune in live on Wednesday nights on HBRN for the radio broadcast!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

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Leaders Are Readers

I’m going to make a big assumption here that because you are reading this, YOU have a desire to be a better leader! I’m going to write this to you, the leader. If this is not you, It’s OK. I have faith you still want to be a better husband of wife.  Maybe you just want to be better in one of the 8 F’s of LIFE.life-wheel

I have great news for you!  This will help if you apply the information!

You may have heard it said before that “leaders are readers”.  I’d like to take a moment to remind you of not only the importance of reading but also how to read effectively!   You might be asking  “How does a person read effectively?”  You might be thinking ” I read a book last week and it was a good book. I even learned some things.”  By referring to a person reading effectively,  I am suggesting that you are reading it far more effectively than just running your eyes across the print from page to page untill you’ve finished the book and call it “done”.

Before I go into detail about the ways to read effectively, I want to remind you of how important it is to read.  referring to the saying that I opened with, Would you agree that all great leaders are great readers?   Great!  I thought you would.  Would you also agree with me that not all readers are leaders?   Thank you.  I knew you would.  If all great leaders are great readers, but reading, in-and-of-itself does not make one a great leader then there must be something missing from this equation. Right?  OK. So, now that we have that established, let me ask you another question.  What is that missing piece or pieces?  While you sit there still trying to figure it all out, let me point out that you must become a reader if you want to be a leader. Period.  Whether you have a formal, positional leadership role or in a subordinate role,  a parent or a teenager, a husband or a wife, you are leading someone, in some way!  You are either leading them well or not so well.  It is your choice!   OK. I’ll stop beating you over the head now.  I think you understand the importance by now.

This is where the rubber meets the road as they say!   When it comes to reading, the first thing to ask is “What should I be reading?”  I’m so glad you asked!  Picture this:  you walk into the book store and you are looking for a good book to start reading.  How do you know which one to pick?  Do you just grab one and hope it will give you good information?  Let me ask you a nother question… If you knew somebody had read thousands of books from many genre’s, would it be a good idea to ask that person which book you should start with based on your current status, interests, or struggles?   Of course it would be good idea!

That reason alone is a great big part of why the LIFE business is such a huge success in changing lives.  Orrin Woodward and the other founders of LIFE have gone through the process I just described!   Of the thousands of books each of the founders have read, there are 5 books that are the best, first 5 they recommend.  I have personally taken the advise to read the top 5 books and I can tell you without any hesitation that as a leader, you must get good with people and these 5 books are the best starting point.

Now that you have chosen your books, it’s time to get effective in your reading. Here are the habits you must learn in order to have the most effective reading!

  • Read daily
  • Write the date in the front of each book when you start reading it.
  • Use a pen to underline, highlight, “star”, make comments, and argue with the author as you read.
  • Take notes in the margins.  Especially if you need help with comprehension, summarize each paragraph with a word or short phrase.
  • Review your comments, notes, underlines and etc after you read the book, before you “finnish” the book.
  • Record the date you finished the book in a journal.  (Notice that you should be keeping a journal.)
  • Ask your self, and record in your journal, after you’ve read each book ” what was the author’s key point and how can I apply it?”
  • Read several books from several genre’s at the same time. Such genre’s as politics, classics, economics, theology, philosophy, history, faith, leadership, and success are great places to start.
  •  recommend your favorite books to others and teach them to do the things you just learned.

I applaud your choice to start making better reading habits.  If you found this helpful, Please take a moment to share this with your friends and leave a comment below.  Be blessed as you continue your leadership journey.

sincerely,

Philip Brittain

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Is America the Greatest?

Jeff Daniels reluctantly answers the question about America’s greatness in this video.  Caution: The language is not suitable for children! It does such a great job of describing our problem and will hopefully inspire you to action.  If you are like me, this video may cause your eyes to leak and should cause an anger to rise up from within you.  Jeff Daniels, in my opinion shows a glimpse of what I would call a righteous anger as he describes why America is NOT the greatest nation in the world. This video outlines the problem America faces right now.

Here is the good news; LeaderShift is Oliver DeMille and Orrin Woodward’s outline for the solution. Orrin posted this on His blog today and I thought it quite potent. Orrin said he posted “Jeff Daniels video which states the challenge and then the trailer for LeaderShift which responds to the challenge. Yes, America, and the West, have much work to do, but what a great time to be alive and play a part in the LeaderShift!”  I happen to agree with him!

Please enjoy this trailer.

Join me today with tens of thousands more as we prepare for the launch of the LeaderShift!”

May God bless you richly,

Philip Brittain

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Leading by example

The story has been told regarding an officer during the first American war who gave orders to have some trees cut down because they needed the wood to make a bridge.  The officer had a major problem on his hands though because he had too few men to do the job and the work was getting done at such a slow pace. A commanding-looking officer rode up and spoke to the officer in charge, who was urging his men to work hard but doing nothing himself. “You haven’t enough men for the job, have you?”

“No, sir. we need some help.”

“Why don’t you lend a hand yourself?” asked the man on horseback.

“Me, sir? why, I am a corporal,” replied the officer, looking rather affronted at the suggestion.

“Ah, true, ” quietly replied the other, and getting off his horse he labored with the men until the job was done. Then he mounted again, and as he rode off he said to the officer, ” Corporal, the next time you have a job to put through and too few men to do it, you had better send for the commander-in-chief, and I will come again.

That man was George Washington.

 

Regardless of the position, A leader must be willing to step down from where he sits and get his hands dirty, do the same work as the rest.   The same goes for women in leadership also. There is no gender gap when it comes to being a leader.  The principles of leadership work just the same for both sexes.

In our society today we have an interesting dichotomy where, not only do many who are in positional leadership roles have a strange aversion to actual work, but we also have a large group of people who claim to want the leadership roles but are unwilling to go out perform.

Regardless of where you might be in terms of your current leadership role or lack thereof, you can change today!  No task is too small! Even the most mundane of tasks such as picking up a scrap of paper lying on the floor or taking out the office trash should be opportunities that you are looking for.  If you are in a sales role, you must become a top performer before you will be given any sort of leadership role.

I have never been a part of an organization that had such a culture of success by performance until I met the amazing people involved in the LIFE business.  The best examples of this type of leadership can be found in men like Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady and so many others that been mentored by these two men and the other founders of LIFE.

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3 Keys to Habitual Success

In today’s information age, it is becoming more and more difficult for individuals, businesses, and even families to find that winning “edge”.  For many this may sound too simple, yet for others it may seem like too much to ask.  Regardless of your current status or position, you CAN do this and you CAN win. I can make you this one promise here and now: If you will implement this info in a consistent effort over time, you WILL succeed!

One of the most impressive things I’ve seen in the LIFE business is watching tens of thousands of people succeeding in all areas of life because they are practicing these three habits. A small sampling of results currently happening all over North America right now; friends restore broken relationships, marriages being healed from on the brink of divorce, individuals and families getting debt free, business partners learning how to work with each other again, business owners learning how to understand employees and customers better, employees at risk of unemployment rising to be superstars! Your results will be based on how well you implement these three keys into your life.

  1.  READ
  2. LISTEN
  3. ASSOCIATE

Let’s cover READING first:

I’ve heard it said many different ways, in some form or another that every great leader in history has been a great reader. The contrary to that is not all people who are great readers will be great leaders. Reading is only one piece of the puzzle.  The fact is that although you must read, you must read the right books.  I’m not talking about reading the next big novel by your favorite author or reading the supermarket tabloids or even the comics in the Sunday paper. There may be time for those, but you will want to keep that at a bare minimum if you truly want success. “Well, how do I know what books to read?” You might ask.  I’m so glad you asked. You should be reading the best books on leadership, economics, history, philosophy, and the classics. I know what you’re thinking… “How do I know which books are the best?”  That answer will come from the third key habit of association. Finding someone who has already read thousands of books who can guide you to the best ones is a really good start.  We’ll talk more about that later.

To LISTEN is to have wisdom:

I love the way Orrin Woodward puts it: “You know why we want you to listen to CD’s? It’s to get you to shut you up.”  This may be a bit harsh for some but the truth is that we all know how to talk to ourselves very negatively all the time, right? Right!  I know you know how this goes because I do it just the same as you.  Zig Ziglar and many others over the years have been big proponents of keeping a constant stream of positive information coming at you through audio form. Every bit of research done on the subject continues to prove and reinforce the idea that by listening to positive audio recordings each day will have a profound effect on your attitude by the way you start to talk to yourself.   You would be amazed at how much difference just a single cd in the morning can make on the rest of your day!

 

The right ASSOCIATION will lead you to greatness:

We do it with our children all the time but most of us are unwilling to do it for ourselves! Picture for a moment your son or daughter comes to you and makes the request to go hang out with neighbor kids or friends from school. You know about the negative influence the kids will be on your child. So you naturally say “no”.  What about yourself?  Just as negative association is bad for your child; it is bad for you as an adult. It has been said that we become the average of the five people we associate with most.  It is true for every area of life. Think about the five people you associate with most. Now average out the quality of life in several areas; finances, relationship with spouse, relationship with children, household cleanliness, and habits like smoking or being late for appointments. So let’s turn the tables on this idea. What if you were to seek out and intentionally associate with winners, movers and shakers, people who are learning, growing and improving?  By spending time with people who are better than you are will naturally put you in a position to get better.  By associating with those who are greater than you are currently you will learn what books to read and what audios you should be listening to because that person has naturally already been listening and reading and therefore, knows which are good and which are not.

And so we have come full circle.  By associating with the right group of people, you will be able to glean the most valuable information to help you grow.  If you have no idea where to start, let me offer this piece of advice: Start with yourself!  You can become the leader needed in your household, business, community group, or any circle of influence you are currently a part of.

These three habits practiced consistently over time will produce better results in your life! You can make the choice to start today!

If you need help finding a source for the best books and audios to start your journey, I am happy to help you get started on your journey of success today.  Feel free to contact me any time.

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Leaders Don’t…

Leaders “Don’t whine, don’t complain, and don’t make excuses!”

These words from John Wooden quoting his father are imperative for every leader to understand and practice.  Your success as a leader will be hindered drastically by letting yourself take part in these three progressively negative attitudes.  It is important to understand the difference first.  When you read that quote did you think to yourself like I did,  “Whining and complaining are the same, why say it twice?” Let’s try to understand the progressive nature of the attitude behind each one and why they are so dangerous.

Whining. We’ve all hear it.  You’re working with or next to a person and then you hear it. It’s that low, sometimes quiet exasperated noise; that “uhhg”, “grrr” or some other raspy noise that is impossible to spell,  that resonates through your eardrums like fingernails across the chalkboard. (If you don’t know what a chalkboard is, ask someone over the age of thirty.)   whining

The attitude has taken hold! If you are the one finding yourself in this situation, It is time to STOP and take a moment to think about what you’re allowing to happen to yourself.   What is the underlying issue?  Selfishness.  You are upset because something is not going your way, your focus is 100% on yourself and how you feel in the moment.  I warn you not to let it go further.  If you find yourself whining, I can promise you this; everyone hears you, nobody is listening to you and nobody want to be around you.  this is your wake up call!  Don’t advance into the next phase of Complaining.

“There is nothing more unattractive than the sound of whining in the midst of plenty. it is not a good sign of character at any level – in individuals, families, communities, or nations as a whole.”  -William J. Bennett, Virtues of Leadership

no-complaininglThe advancement from whining to complaining can happen in a single breath. As soon as you open your mouth to say something, you have taken the next giant leap into complaining mode. You are now begging for sympathy from anyone within earshot.  I’m going to let in on a little secret here.  please take note of what I’m about to say.  NOBODY wants to hear it!  NOBODY will listen to it! You will find NO SYMPATHY in your plea!   If you are in a position of leadership, you have just lost a degree of respect and trust from your subordinates!  If you are an employee, You are no longer being looked at for a promotion and perhaps more so in today’s tough economy, you may be at risk of losing your position.

making-excuses

Making excuses is the culmination of selfishness and a bad attitude seeking pity. If you take the next step and begin making excuses, you have given away your ability to make any changes. By complaining, you have removed any personal responsibility for the problem and therefore the solution cannot come from yourself.  When Complaining, you are simply putting the responsibility for change, or solving the problem on someone else. You are essentially saying “he did it.” or “it wasn’t my fault because, …”  or “I did what I was supposed to do, but…” to name only a few common excuses. I’m sure you can insert a dozen more of your own here.  You know it when you here it.  This, unfortunately is an epidemic in our society.

As a leader, YOU can stop at any point and choose to take responsibility. Even if it was not your fault, you, as the leader are still responsible.  Let me say this a different way;  whoever takes the responsibility IS the leader (with or without a formal position) and will be the one to make the changes needed.  I challenge you today to be the person who takes responsibility!  You CAN  do it!

Remember this simple point: Your problem is not as big as you think it is and you have complete control over your own attitude towards your problems.

I want to share this great example with you to illustrate my point. It’s the story of Grumble Town. (from Virtues of Leadership by William J. Bennett)

     There was once a place called Grumble Town where everybody grumbled, grumbled, grumbled. In summer, the people grumbled that it was too hot. In winter, it was too cold. When it rained, the children whimpered because they couldn’t go outside. When the sun came out, they complained that they had nothing to do.  Neighbors griped and groaned about neighbors, Parents about children, brother about sisters, Everybody has a problem, and everyone whined that someone should come do something about it. One day a peddler trudged into town, carrying a big basket on his back. When he heard all the fussing and sighing and moaning, he put his basket down and cried: “O citizens of this town! your fields are ripe with grain, your orchards heavy with fruit. Your mountains are covered by good, thick forests, and your valleys watered by the deep, wide rivers. Never have I seen a place blessed by such opportunity and abundance. Why are you so dissatisfied? Gather around me, and will show you the way to contentment.”

     Now this peddler’s shirt was tattered and torn. His pants showed patches, his shoes had holes. The people laughed to think that someone like him could show them how to be content. But while they snickered, he pulled a long rope from his basket and strung it between two poles in the town square. Then, holding his basket before him, he cried: “People of Grumble Town! Whoever is dissatisfied, write your trouble on a piece of paper, and bring it and put it in this basket. I will exchange your problem for happiness!”

     The crowd swarmed around him. No one hesitated at the chance to get rid of his trouble. Every man, woman, and child in the village scribbled a grumble onto a scrap of paper and dropped it into the basket.

     They watched as the peddler took each grumble and hung it on the line. By the time he was through, troubles fluttered on every inch of the rope, from end to end. Then he said: “Now each one of you should take from this magic line the smallest trouble you can find.”

     They all rushed forward to examine all the troubles. They hunted and fingered and pondered, each trying to pick the very smallest trouble. After a while the magic line was empty.

     And behold! Each held in his hand the very same trouble he had put into the basket. Each had chosen his own trouble, thinking it was the smallest of all on the line.

     From that day, the people of Grumble Town stopped grumbling all the time. And whenever anyone had the urge to whimper or whine, he thought of the peddler and his magic line.

Remember, if you want to be an effective leader follow Coach Wooden’s advise…  Don’t whine, don’t complain, and don’t make excuses.

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LeaderShift: An introduction

This blog from Orrin Woodward is so good I had to share it with you.  I have included the full text below.  I highly suggest you check out his blog on a regular basis. Please enjoy this fantastic article from Orrin Woorward!

LeaderShift: The Quest for Concord

Posted by Orrin Woodward on March 8, 2013

I have been working on the background details to the government proposal in Oliver DeMille and my soon-to-be-released book LeaderShift. I know this sounds crazy, but I LOVE this stuff! A concerted study of history through the Five Laws of Decline reveals so much we can do, as a society, to improve. No matter how long this takes, I am going to capture the concepts for this generation’s leaders to apply if they desire a free society. The LIFE Business is filled with men and women who are willing to lead because they are willing to learn. The future is bright! Here is a portion of the introduction.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

Leaning Tower Equals Weak Foundation

Leaning Tower Equals Weak Foundation

Mankind’s quest for societal concord (peace and harmony) between the opposite extremes of chaos and coercion is as old as human civilization. Indeed, every society quests after concord; however, it’s rarely achieved and never maintained. Despite the difficulties, mankind seeks the advantages gained through association when families form clans to create communities that combine into society. The Greeks founded Western Civilization, supplying many of foundational concepts for society and government through their city-states dotting the Aegean landscape. In fact, Greek philosopher Aristotle described human beings as political animals, who formed societies to enjoy the benefits of association. Nonetheless, the Greek failed miserably in the quest for concord as the city-states fratricidal wars created chaos throughout Greek society. Mercifully, after decades of civil war, the exhausted Greeks collapsed into the Roman Republic’s orbit. Ironically, however, even though Romans witnessed the catastrophic effects of the Greek chaos within society, the Republic fell victim to a similar chaos when the mounting Roman political and civil strife led to civil war. The Senate and Pompey squared off against Caesar which culminated in the destruction of the Roman Republic.

Despite the senatorial conspiracy that killed Caesar, the Roman Republic was not restored. Instead, another round of civil wars and chaos ensued until Augustus defeated Marcus Antony and birthed the Roman Empire. At last, Western Society moved the pendulum from chaos towards concord. Caesar Augustus ruled wisely. He limited taxation and the plunder of the provinces; thus, for a brief period, the results was the Roman peace (Pax Romana). Unfortunately, the pendulum’s momentum did not rest at concord. At Augustus death, the new Caesars increased government’s responsibilities until the pendulum moved into the control and coercion of society’s members. The Caesar’s and their ruling elites enjoyed more power at the expense of its citizens freedoms.  By the end of the empire, the bloated bureaucracies consumed the wealth of its citizens to feed the coercive civil and military branches. In fact, when the Roman Empire fell, many within the oppressed Roman society, viewed the Gothic barbarians as liberators and not invaders.

Studying the Greco/Roman societies provide valuable lessons in the pendulum swings from chaos to coercion and back again. Despite momentary intervals of peace and prosperity, the pendulum never came to rest at concord. The pendulum’s momentum either carried it towards chaos or coercion. To be sure, there were solid parts in the Greco/Roman political foundations, but there were also sinkholes. Predictably, these sinkholes caused the political collapse of all three societies. The first two under chaos and the third under coercion. Therefore, identifying the specific failure modes of each Greco/Roman society and learning from them is essential for today’s political leaders.

Not surprisingly, the English (Anglo/Saxon) societies learned many lessons, both good and bad, from Greco/Roman history. In fact, the English-speaking peoples built their political foundations upon the strengths of the Greco/Roman (reason and order), Judeo/Christian (hope and ethics), and Anglo/Saxon (liberty and passion) societies. When King William, of Normandy, successfully invaded England in the13th century, the confluence of these rivers formed the the famed English political tradition. Therefore, the author examines three Anglo/Saxon case-studies societies for further review.

1. Great Britain under the Stuart Kings 2. America under the Articles of Confederation 3. America after the United States Constitution

These three societies attempted, by different methods, to rest society’s pendulum at concord. Each ultimately failed. Essentially, these societies failed in a similar fashion as the Greco/Roman models. The pendulum never rested, swinging into chaos and then back into coercion, with brief moments of concord. Indeed, it seems the Anglo/Saxons, in many ways, have repeated the mistakes of the Greco/Romans. Although the political structures may be different, underneath the edifice is the same failed foundation that continues to collapse when too much weight is placed upon it. In other words, if the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing while expecting a different results, Western Society’s political tradition has reached the point of insanity. The quest for concord remains unconsummated. Systematically, the political structures are failing because the pendulum moves out of concord into either chaos or coercion. No society, to date, has successfully rested the pendulum at concord. What are the systemic causes underlying these failed attempts? How can the momentum of the pendulum be  checked to rest it at concord? The questions and more the author proposes to answer in the following chapters.

The purpose of this treatise is to determine solid ground from the sinkholes in the foundations of the Greco/Roman and Anglo/Saxon political traditions. By understanding the historical foundations reviewed in this book, Western Society will be strengthened in its quest for concord. Indeed, the dangers inherent when the pendulum swings to the either the side of chaos or coercion is irrefutable. In consequence, the author seeks the firm ground of concord between the opposite, but equally damaging, extremes of chaos and coercion. The case-studies will proceed in chronological order because each society learned from those that preceded it. The main objective is to identify why and how each society failed and what lessons can be learned from their example. Hence, each society’s successes and failures will be analyzed to determine what remained solid from what ultimately sunk in its political foundations. Ideally, to build enduring political structures today, society should build upon the foundational principles that proved successful and reform those that failed the test of time. History is relentless and unsentimental in its verdicts. Either the political structure stands or it collapses. The key to history is to identify why. Nevertheless, few political leaders seem willing to be tutored by these truths of history. Society, it seems, repeats failures because it’s unwilling to learn from them.

At any rate, Western Civilization has not fulfilled its quest for concord. As a result, determining past societies failures and preventing similar failures today ought to be the high priority in Western Society’s quest for concord. Understanding what forces move the pendulum from concord to either chaos on one side or coercion on the other is crucial. Consequently, before outlining the historical societies, the author must first explain two systems that influence the pendulum within society. One strives to center the pendulum at concord while the other moves it towards chaos or coercion. The first is the Six Duties of Society (SDS) and the second is the Five Laws of Decline (FLD). The Six Duties of Society are the essential building-blocks for creating a sustainable society, helping to build an environment where mankind can grow and prosper. In contrast, the Five Laws of Decline describe the effects of mankind’s sinful nature. If left unchecked, the FLD will parasitically destroy a formerly healthy society. Both systems will be explained in general now and specifically to each Greco/Roman and Anglo/Saxon case-study in the preceding chapters.

The important point for the reader to grasp is that society must satisfy the SDS in order to survive. However, even when the SDS are met, society isn’t secure. safe. For when societal prosperity increases, it stimulates the FLD into action.  An unchecked FLD within society develops groups that seeks to plunder what the rest have produced. Eventually, an unchecked FLD destroys the SDS because the parasitic plunderers strip the plundered physically and mentally. This, in a nutshell, is the quick version of Western History. Unfortunately, even a cursory examination of each failed society in Western Civilization reveals the FLD as the culprit of collapse.

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A LeaderShift is Coming!

LeaderShift-BookOrrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille have teamed up to bring us this amazing book!

This book comes at a pivotal point in our nation’s history!  This is one of, if not THE most important book in our generation. LeaderShift  is a book written in fable form that will teach us all “how to recognize and overcome the five laws of decline”.  This book is a must read for every American and Canadian!

Overview

(From Barnes&Noble)

A most provocative business parable for our troubled times, LeaderShift is the story of how David Mersher, the successful CEO of IndyTech, sets out to discover why the United States is losing its leadership edge and what he can do to turn things around and make America truly great again.

In the process, Mersher and his team learn how the Five Laws of Decline are eroding the nation’s economy-quietly ruining businesses and big institutions-and what American executives and citizens need to do to put a stop to this.

Above all, Mersher and his colleagues discover something few business leaders or citizens of free nations have yet to realize: Our world today is on the verge of a momentous LeaderShift, one which will reframe the twenty-first century and significantly alter the way we govern, lead, and do business.

When Mersher and his team get help from a surprising source, the result is stunning and unexpected-and it’s one that concerned Americans will certainly reflect upon for decades to come.

The next LeaderShift is almost here.

Are you ready?

While we wait for the release of this incredible book on April 16th, I would like to suggest one other book that each person should read immediately!

Resolved-BookResolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE

Men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Jonathan Edwards had virtues, maxims, or resolutions which they practiced daily, weekly, and monthly. These practices where similar to that of many people of our founding generation.  We, as Americans who enjoy the life that these men helped to provide for us, have lost such a valuable tool as practicing this thing called resolutions.  Aside from one time each year for about two weeks, we never hear the word “resolution” spoken in our every-day conversations.  When was the last time you had a conversation with even your closest friends in which either of you asked “So, how are you doing with your resolutions”?  We don’t hear that because we’ve gotten away from these habits in our overall society.  Orrin does and incredible job of laying out a roadmap for us in this book.  These 13 resolutions build upon each other from personal, to public and then into leadership achievements. These 13 resolutions have changed my life and so many others.  I invite you to join me in this journey today. There are two ways you can join me in this journey. First, you can order your copy of the book today. Second, you take the Mental Fitness Challenge!

MFC

The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) is a cutting-edge program developed by world-renowned leadership gurus and best-selling authors to teach success thinking that will help enable anyone and everyone to make improvements in their lives.

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Expanding the Leadership Culture

As a starting point for this blog I thought it would be fitting to share something that Stephen R. Covey said in his book The 8th Habit

“It will be those organizations that reach a critical mass of people and teams expressing their full voice that will achieve next-level breakthrough in productivity, innovation and leadership in the marketplace and society.”

This is precisely what the LIFE Business is doing.  Thanks to Orrin Woodward and the other founders of LIFE who have paved the way for the rest of us, we now have a systematic, franchise style business that is producing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs that will be the catalyst for restoring the values in our culture that have been ripped away and lost over the last several decades!

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