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If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.
If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.

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I love Portland for our WEIRD ways- go chickens!
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#kwfr is amazing again today! Listening to Gene Rivers rockin the house!
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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 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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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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"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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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