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Archive for March 2010

Giving up “Because”, Keeping the F-Bomb

Many of you may know that I am on the path to earn my Master Trainer’s Certification in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP).  For those of you who are unfamiliar with NLP, it is model which explains how we process information that comes to us from the outside (and our internal Negative Nelly).  As both an ever evolving person and as a practitioner, I am working on being more deliberate with my use of language.

100% Accountability, Take Two

Living the Success Principles #2

I’m in the second or perhaps third week of working Principle 1 – Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life, and I admit, I am still stuck on the No Complaints rule.  This is somewhat embarrassing since I harp on this one with my clients.

What I’ve noticed is that I’ve stopped complaining out loud, for the most part.  I’ve replaced it with a form of blaming in my head and attached myself to inaction and unwillingness to provide negative feedback.  My payoff is martyrdom.  This is not a positive development.

How Inimitable Leadership Can Save the Day

Last week, I was reading an article on Gallup about how President and CEO Douglas R. Conant’s plan to revitalize Campbell’s Soup included a decade-long effort to improve employee engagement.   To give you some background, Conent took over at Cambell’s about 9 years ago.  Things weren’t going well.  Campbell’s had one of the lowest engagement scores of any Fortune 500 ever.

Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life (Part 1)

This is the first installment of my effort to integrate the 64 Success Principles from Jack Canfield’s book of the same name.

Last week, I went to a one day live workshop with Jack Canfield, and was considering, along with the accountability partner he recommended and the mastermind group that frankly I’m not in the mood to participate in, how I could execute on the principles better.  I very much like the content, and the success is in the action, not in the knowledge.

Not Buying the Solution, Not Participating in the Game

We’ve become a society of consumers, people who participate little, if at all, in the creation of what we use.  There is a someone else who does almost everything for us, and that’s become a habit for us.  Think that impacts engagement at work?  I do.

Think about it.  Who changes their oil anymore?  If I could even locate the oil pan at this point, I don’t have the wrench that would get the oil filter off the car.  And, it would get my nails all funky, and who wants a coach with funky nails?  (I know, an excuse for everything.)

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