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  • Who Are You Accountable To as a Leader?
    As I leader, I have to admit that I hate being accountable.  It is not that I want to rob banks or run red lights.  It is more that I love freedom and having lots of choices.  There is nothing wrong with freedom, it’s great.    But if that freedom has no accountability to it, you run the risk of losing…
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    Author: John Townsend
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  • Become “Healthily Selfish”
    This Christmas and New Year season, make a resolution for yourself that will actually get you somewhere next year: learn to be “healthily selfish.” You will surprised by the progress and growth you experience in the important areas of your life with this skill. Let’s first clarify that “selfishness" all by itself isn’t a good thing at all. It puts…
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  • The Benefits of Positivity
    One of the most beneficial, quickest and cheapest things you can do for yourself, your life and your leadership is to engage in positivity. Positivity is the habit of doing what is necessary to maximize your positive outlook and emotions. This can make a significant difference in outcomes that matter to you. Here are some of the benefits: • Increased…
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  • Believe In Yourself
    Successful people believe in themselves. Life has lots of challenges and obstacles, and one of the best tools to persevere and get past them, is to have a positive view of yourself. There is a great deal of value for you in remembering what is real and true about you, and what will get you through the next step. Believing…
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  • Say What You Want
    A trait I find in very successful people is that they regularly say what they want. They make it simple, and, more often than not, they get what they ask for. The “want list” can be anything, including: The results you want your employees to deliver A meeting with someone you don’t know well but would like to A better…
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  • Potential and Muscle Failure in Leaders
    Leaders are highly interested in potential, both for themselves and for their organizations. They want to be high capacity, they want to actualize, and they want to get as much growth out of themselves and their companies as is possible. Yet often, they get started and things get really vague and they just don’t know if they are reaching their…
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  • The Value of Hope
    Leaders and counselors must be focused on hope, which I define as an expectation of a desired outcome. Both groups of specialists are applying their expertise, time, and energy on some result that, by definition, can't be achieved today. The project, the healing and the goal are targeted to be accomplished in the future. It is nearly impossible to persevere,…
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    Author: John Townsend
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  • The Two Types of Growth
    Life is all about self improvement and growth. The happiest and most successful people are those who have some structured commitment to a growth process. There are two kinds of growth, and it's important to understand them. Then you can decide what kind of context, time and energy to engage with them in. Optimizing Growth. I am referring here to…
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  • Leaders: The Secret of the Two Types of Pain
    Pain, or discomfort, is a normal and expected part of leadership. Pain is all around you as you lead, every day, in some form. For example, it's painful and uncomfortable to deal with: • Revenue challenges • Sales issues • Execution problems • Team dysfunctions • The demand of your people • Motivation challenges in your people The list can…
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    Author: John Townsend
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  • Listening Well as a Leader
    Leaders who get great results over a sustainable time period have a secret sauce: they are good listeners. They know how to "get into the head" of their people. It used to be that listening was perceived as something reserved for human resources, shrinks and spiritual directors. But tons of research shows that CEO's, executives and owners must have competency…
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