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How Visioning Changed My Life

Visioning is where my personal effectiveness quest began, in 1974. Even now, as I recall that turning point in my life, a shiver runs up my spine.

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How I Express My Personal Purpose

The determination to live out my purpose and dreams has been a strong personal motivator. It makes me wonder just how many unrealized dreams have died with their dreamers.

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Good Feedback Benefits Both Giver and Receiver

Feedback can be destructive when it serves only one's own needs and fails to consider the needs of the person on the receiving end. Good feedback takes into account the needs of both the receiver and giver.

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Goal Setting Can Limit Our Flexibility and Learning

Goals define what you want to have, not what you want to become. Goals are, however, targets that help us immensely in moving from a general vision to a specific set of priorities and actions.

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Exploring Inner Space

Reputation is what people think I am. Personality is what I seem to be. Character is what I really am. Our goal should be to blur the lines between the three until they are one and the same. That means living life from the inside out.

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Clarifying Personal Purpose

Thinking about death can produce a passion for life. Once defined, the determination to live out your personal purpose and dreams can be a strong personal motivator.

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Clarifying Our Core Values

To clarify our core values, we need to develop a comprehensive list of all our possible values, rank their importance and concentrate our improvement efforts.

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Bringing Values to Life

A key test of whether core values are alive and real in an organization is to ask team members at random to recite those values. If they can't do it without referring to a piece of paper, there are either too many values or they aren't being used in daily operations

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A Father’s Message in a Bottle

Tyler Hayden approached Jim with an offer to contribute to his book ‘A Father’s Message In a Bottle’ . In short, the book has letters from Fathers to their children on assorted topics but each contains a nugget of wisdom and love.

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Leading in Turbulent Times Audio CD

Leading in Turbulent Times Audio CD

Strategic change is an inevitable fact of business life. How we choose to respond to it — as leaders or as followers — determines our personal and professional success. This Audio CD captures the essential elements of developing the leader within all of us. Developing these leadership competencies will help you and your organization continue to drive toward success and ‘grow at the speed of change’.

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Growing the Distance: Self-Study System

Growing the Distance: Self-Study System

The Growing the Distance: Self-Study System features an audio track and synchronized slides with Jim coaching you through each page of the Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide.

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Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide

Growing the Distance: Personal Implementation Guide

The Personal Implementation Guide builds upon Growing the Distance and moves from inspiration to application. In this very practical handbook, Jim condenses and shares over twenty-five years of experience helping thousands of people apply the timeless leadership principles and practices.

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Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success

Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success

There are countless personal and leadership development books full of jargon, fads, and buzzwords flooding the market. A bestseller, this is a book of “profound simplicity” that cuts to the essence, while being easy and fun to read. Although highly applicable to readers of Jim’s previous bestselling books with roles and titles like manager, supervisor, or executive, Growing the Distance is written for a much broader audience.

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Is There a Place for Ego in Effective Leadership?

A few months ago I posted a blog on “What’s Your Me/We Ratio? based on a salient observation made by Donald Cooper in his newsletter about managers’ use of “I” and “my,” rather than “we” and “our.” They seem to live by the American pop music star Madonna’s creed: “everyone is entitled to my opinion.” […]

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Three Core Questions to Start Your New Year

Happy New Year!! May this be your best one yet! The start of a new year is an excellent time to renew and refocus ourselves, our teams, and our organizations. It’s an essential part of centering or grounding ourselves. In The Tao of Leadership: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age, John […]

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Native American Folktale Illustrates the Power of Expectations

I don’t recall how this Native American fable ended up in my database: A native brave came upon an eagle’s egg which had somehow fallen unbroken from an eagle’s nest. Unable to find the nest, the brave put the egg in the nest of a prairie chicken where it was hatched by the brooding mother […]

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Focusing on What We Want to Create and Emotional Intelligence Resources

A reader responded to my December “Tips and Techniques for Reviewing, Assessing, Celebrating, and Refocusing” blog with this comment: “Hi Jim, Just like to echo your thoughts on staying focused on successes. For many it has been a tricky year in our global economy. Focused thinking has never been so important. Focus your thinking on […]

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True Leadership Values Shine Clearest in Tough Times

A web site visitor described an all too common occurrence today: Our company treats firings and layoff exactly the same. The person being laid off or fired is called to the HR department, given their pink slip, escorted back to their station with an HR person, a hand truck , and boxes. Thirty minutes later […]

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