Car Engines & Employee Enthusiasm

What does a picture of a 2003 Toyota Corolla car engine have to do with enthusiastic employees? Everything! Mileage and More Mileage Although our Corolla is a 2003 model, we purchased the vehicle in the spring of 2002. When my wife took the car in for an oil change the odometer registered close to 300,000…

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Team Conflict

The topic of the last three blog posts has been about teams. The theme continues this week and revolves around a word that can make people cringe. That word is conflict. When you hear or see the word conflict, what thoughts and images come to mind? Two people engaged in an argument, rabble rousing rioters…

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Stuck in the Mud About Team Building?

Are You Stuck in the Mud About Team Building? The title of last week’s blog, Is There a Mystery to Team Building1 addressed the successful team building efforts of a local realtor. If there is no mystery or secret, then… Below are two critical elements that must be in place to have a professional, proficient,…

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Is There a Mystery to Team Building?

The football game Is there a mystery to team building? Some people believe there is, but building a team is no more mysterious than the football game in the picture. If there is a mystery, then it lies in the fact that there is no plan for building the team or if a plan exists…

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Teamwork Brings Success

The photo shows the United States Navy Blue Angels® performing near my house. The Marine Corps and Navy pilots of the Blue Angels form part of a team of dedicated, skilled, and highly qualified individuals. They are also the ones drawing the most attention from the crowds and news media. The whole team Yet, the…

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Are You a Fatalist or a Cliché Quoter?

After reading the title of this article your reaction may be, “No, I’m not a fatalist and I have no idea what you mean by a cliché quoter.” The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language1 defines fatalism as, “The doctrine that all events are predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable.” Consequently, a fatalist…

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Do You Serve or Deserve? Part 2

Last week in Part 1, I described a couple of examples using the word deserve. This week we will take a deeper look into the subject. Servanthood depth As a member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team, I heard the CEO Mark Cole deliver a presentation titled Leadership Depth: Going Deeper so You Can Take…

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Do You Serve or Deserve? Part 1

The interview A young man wearing a suit and tie entered the room, introduced himself, and took a seat before an interview panel of which I was participating in. He was seeking a position as a firefighter with our agency and although he had no previous experience, he spoke as if he were a fifteen-year…

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Personal Development is Like Climbing a Ladder

In a career, climbing the ladder often refers to vertical movement through an organizational hierarchy. Are you ascending the ladder of personal development or are you watching someone else go higher while you whittle away time? Are you trying to climb the ladder of development by yourself or are others helping you? The photo shows…

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Who Are You Imprinting, Following, and Impacting? Part 2

In last week’s blog post, I mentioned an online article titled, Why Your Dog Follows You Everywhere, According to Behaviorists by Katelyn Chef. The article described “imprinting,” when “young puppies up to six months of age can imprint on their owners and learn to read social cues as they would their birth mother.”1 Imprinting and…

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