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THE LAW OF THE PICTURE"

"When times are tough, uncertainty is high, and chaos threatens to overwhelm everyone, followers need a clear picture from their leaders the most. The living picture they see in their leader produces energy, passion, and motivation to keep going. As you strive to improve as an example to your followers, remember these things:

1. Followers are always watching what you do. Just as children watch their parents and emulate their behavior, so do employees watching their bosses. People do what people see.

2. It's easier to teach what's right than to do what's right. Author Norman Vincent Peale stated, "Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice but set a bad example." I would say a related thought is also true: "Nothing is more convincing than people who give good advice and set a good example."

3. We should work on changing ourselves before trying to improve others. A great danger to good leadership is the temptation to try to change others without first making changes to yourself.

4. The most valuable gift a leader can give is being a good example. Leadership is more caught than taught. How does one "catch" leadership? By watching good leaders in action!

"WHAT LIVING PICTURE ARE YOU GIVING YOUR FOLLOWERS?" - John Maxwell
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"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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WATCH ANOTHER PERSON BLOOM"

"Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert cartoon, tells this story about his beginnings as a cartoonist:

You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential. In fact, the most influential
people in my life probably are not even aware of the things they've taught me. When I
was trying to become a syndicated cartoonist, I sent my portfolio to one cartoon editor
after another - and received one rejection after another. One editor even called and
suggested that I take art classes. Then Sarah Gillespie, an editor with United Media
and one of the real experts in the field, called to offer me a contract. At first, I didn't
believe her. I asked if I'd have to change my style, get a partner - or learn how to draw.
But she believed I was already good enough to be a nationally syndicated cartoonist.
Her confidence in me completely changed my frame of reference and altered how I
thought about my own abilities. This may sound bizarre, but from the minute I got
off the phone with her, I could draw better.

There is no telling what might happen if you were to begin encouraging the dreams of the people around you."

"ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TODAY AND YOU MIGHT GET TO WATCH THEM BLOOM TOMORROW." - John Maxwell
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COMMUNICATIVE"

"How are you doing when it comes to communication? Are you well connected to all of your teammates? Have you neglected some people or excluded them from your circle of communication? Or have you isolated yourself from others for the sake of being more productive? Anytime you're on a team but not communicating with team members, the team suffers.

To improve your communication...

Be candid. Open communication fosters trust. Having hidden agendas, communicating to people via a third party, and sugarcoating bad news hurt team relationships. Think about a poor relationship you have with someone on your team. If you haven't been candid with that person, then determine to change your ways. Your goal should be to speak truthfully but kindly to your teammates.

Be quick. If you tend to sit on things instead of saying them, force yourself to follow the twenty-four-hour rule. When you discover an issue with teammates, find the first reasonable opportunity to address it with them. And invite others to do the same with you.

Be inclusive. Some people hoard information unless forced to divulge it. Don't take that approach. Include others if you can. Certainly you need to be discreet with sensitive information, but remember this: people are up on things they're in on. Open communication increases trust, trust increases ownership, and ownership increases participation."

"ENGAGE YOUR TEAM WITH EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION TODAY." - John Maxwell
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Good MORNING!  I just realized I havent gone to this site since DECEMBER!  whoa...well im back! Wanted to share an amazing book I started reading last night called 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell. I highly reccomend this book.  Growth is what keeps us living and thriving! What is your growth plan?
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THE INFLUENCE MYTH"

"I once read that President Woodrow Wilson had a housekeeper who constantly lamented that she and her husband didn't possess more prestigious positions in life. One day the lady approached the president after she heard that the secretary of labor had resigned.

"President Wilson," she said, "my husband is perfect for this vacant position. He is a laboring man, knows what labor is, and understands laboring people. Please consider him when you appoint the new secretary of labor."

"I appreciate your recommendation," answered Wilson, "buy you must remember, the secretary of labor is an important position. It requires an influential person."

"But," the housekeeper said, "if you made my husband the secretary of labor, he would be an influential person!"

People who have no leadership experience have a tendency to overestimate the importance of a leadership title. You may be able to grant someone a position, but you cannot grant him real leadership. Influence must be earned.

A position gives you a chance. It gives you the opportunity to try out your leadership. It asks people to give you the benefit of the doubt for a while. But given some time, you will earn your level of influence - for better or worse. Good leaders will gain in influence beyond their stated position. Bad leaders will shrink their influence down so that it is actually less than what originally came with the position. Remember, a position doesn't make a leader, but a leader can make the position."

"ARE YOU COUNTING ON YOUR POSITION TO LEAD OTHERS, OR ARE YOU STRIVING TO EARN INFLUENCE?" - John Maxwell
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MANAGE YOUR PERSONAL LIFE"

"You can do everything right at work and manage yourself well there, but if your personal life is a mess, it will eventually turn everything else sour. What would it profit a leader to climb to the top of the organizational chart but to lose a marriage or alienate the children? As someone who spent many years counseling people, I can tell you, no career success is worth it.

For years one of my definitions of success has been this: having those closest to me love and respect me the most. That is what is most important. I want the love and respect of my wife, my children, and my grandchildren before I want the respect of anyone I work with. Don't get me wrong. I want the people who work with me to respect me too, but not at the expense of my family. If I blow managing myself at home, then the negative impact will spill over into every area of my life, including work.

If you want to lead up, you must always lead yourself first. If you can't, you have no credibility. I've found the following to be true:

* If I can't lead myself, others won't follow me
* If I can't lead myself, others won't respect me
* If I can't lead myself, others won't partner with me

That applies whether the influence you desire to exert is on the people above you, beside you, or below you. The better you are at making sure you're doing what you should be doing, the better chance you have for making an impact on others."

"HOW WELL ARE YOU LEADING YOURSELF AT HOME?" - John Maxwell
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BOUNCING BACK"

"About twenty years ago, Time magazine described a study by a psychologist of people who had lost their jobs three times due to plant closings. The writers were amazed by what they discovered. They expected the people being laid off to be beaten down and discouraged. Instead they found them to be incredibly resilient. Why was that? They concluded that people who had weathered repeated adversity had learned to bounce back. People who had lost a job and found a new one twice before were much better prepared to deal with adversity than someone who had always worked at the same place and had never faced adversity.

It may sound ironic, but if you have experienced a lot of failure, you are actually in a better position to achieve success than people who haven't. When you fail, and fail, and fail again - and keep getting back up on your feet and keep learning from your failures - you are building strength, tenacity, experience, and wisdom. And people who develop such qualities are capable of sustaining their success, unlike many for whom good things come early and easily. As long as you don't give up, you're in a really good place."

"IT MAY SOUND IRONIC, BUT IF YOU'VE FAILED A LOT, CELEBRATE." - John Maxwell
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Born and raised in Portland, OR!  I currently work for an amazing Real Estate Company, Keller Williams.  My hobbies include riding english style with a desire to compete within the next year, Animal free products...be kind to animals!, and helping kids find loving homes.
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