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Curt Landrith
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A fellow presenter, at a conference I was part of, complained to the organizers that some of the participants had fallen asleep during his presentation. He felt that it was rude and he deserved a higher level of involvement from those in the room.

Our pastor once said, "if all of the people who have ever fallen asleep in one of his sermons were laid end to end in the pews - they would be a lot more comfortable".

I was asked by the organizers if I had any similar concerns. Fortunately, I did not. I found the same group interactive and attentive. Personally and professionally - if you nodded off when I was leading the interaction - I would consider it to be my fault.
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What comes to mind when I ask if you have any dreams? Most people will say that they do have some sort of dream they have pictured for their future. For most, the older they get the more the dream has changed and the more likely they are to say that they have given up on ever coming close to realizing their dream.

Many people have only had 'day dreams' where they just allowed their minds to drift into a never land filled with fantasies. Often these dreams have taken the form of an impossibility with no basis in reality. Dreams can take the form of a 'what if' and fantasize a world that might exist if you could have it all your way.

According to John Maxwell - "a dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person's purpose and potential". "A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it".
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Leadership is not just a title or position. Leadership is influence - nothing more and nothing less. Do you potentially have influence with anyone in your personal or professional life? Unless you exist as a recluse, I will guess that there are people you live and work with, where you would like to improve the quality of your interactions. Understanding how to be the best 'you' and how to serve others - are key to leading.

Please join me for a FreeBeNar (a no charge WebInNar) on Saturday October 31, 2015 at 10 am. During the hour we will be exploring the teachings of John Maxwell for developing leadership.

Leading is for professionals who need to improve the quality of their service in the delivery of their products. Leading is also for anyone who wants to have a positive influence in the lives of family and friends.

Dial 712-775-7031 and then the PIN 189920*. See you Saturday.
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Imagine having a relationship focused entirely on you. How might it help you in achieving your goals if you had someone in your corner who had a vested interest in you becoming more of what you want to be? A professional coach has no agenda other than helping you with your growth and success.

A professional coach will help you break free of any self-limiting talk. A coach will help you uncover the answers to your questions and the reasons for your self-imposed limitations releasing you to perform at your very best. You have more of the answers than you are aware of and a coach can help you find those answers to propel you forward in your development.
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Coaching is fast becoming a recognized method of professional development. At least 97% of major corporations are using coaching formally or informally. Effective coaching has predefined objectives and is often scheduled over a predetermined period of time. Just as a team requires a coach for a specific season - a professional coach will be utilized over a set period of time to help facilitate the growth process.

It is not the coaches responsibility to run the plays. It should be the professionals expectation that a good coach will hold them accountable for the objectives and execution of the required tasks to achieve the next level. A coach will push the client to complete the work necessary to keep them moving in the right direction.

Often the professional has a specific area where they need to improve (communication skills, personal development, leadership, overcoming challenges). For the season of growth the coach can help define the goals and the steps needed to have success. The coach will evaluate the developing skill sets of the professional and give insights that may not have been realized.
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At the risk of turning some of you off - I am a football fan. My blood runs Maize and Blue! I sure hope that I did not immediately alienate most of my audience.

Few places evidence the involvement of a coach more than football. Teams that rise to the top of their league year after year have a strong coaching staff. These coaches do not play the game. Most of them are not in any 'shape' to play if they wanted to. You rarely hear the names of any of the coaches above the names of the players. But, in the highly complex world of football it takes a cohesive team of coaches to make all the various components of the game and the players successful. No one would argue, that even a talented group of athletes, could possibly win without a top-notch coach.

Every team needs a coach. Not just every athletic team. Every team. You may play on a small team or one that is large. You may be the star or are one of the utility players on the bench. A coach can take what you have in the way of talents, abilities and objectives and help you move closer to where you want to be. Coaches cannot give you what you do not possess. However, a coach can help you find the strengths and insights you need to move forward farther and faster.
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Have you noticed that not all coaches are on the sidelines? Many times the 'play callers' for the offense and defense are situated way above the action on the field. They are watching from on high the interactions of those in uniform. Does that make any sense? Surely the players who are right there on the field, actually playing the game, know what is going on better than some old men distanced in an aloof, comfortable press box.

The coaches are not participants on the field in the thick of the contest. They could not perform the tasks of the various positions and execute the assignments better than the players in the game. Yet without their insight and unique perspective - the players and team would be unable to have the same degree of success. Even though the players have the raw qualities of talent and strength to perform - without the guidance of the coach they could not enjoy the same levels of achievement.

The coach does not actually play the game. The coach does not possess the skill sets of the players. But, without the insights and guidance of the coach - the talents of the players and team would be underdeveloped and underutilized.
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Leadership is not just a title or position. Leadership is influence - nothing more and nothing less. Do you potentially have influence with anyone in your personal or professional life? Unless you exist as a recluse, I will guess that there are people you live and work with, where you would like to improve the quality of your interactions. Understanding how to be the best 'you' and how to serve others - are key to leading.

Please join me for a FreeBeNar (a no charge WebInNar) on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 10 am. During the hour we will be exploring the teachings of John Maxwell for developing leadership.

Leading is for professionals who need to improve the quality of their service in the delivery of their products. Leading is also for anyone who wants to have a positive influence in the lives of family and friends.

Dial 712-775-7031 and then the PIN 189920*. See you Saturday.
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Is there anyone else out there like me?  I can do it all by myself. I really do not like the idea of someone getting into my business. I am not comfortable with another person wanting to know what I am doing, when I am doing it or why I should be doing it at all. Why would I want to involve someone else in my journey? I know where I am better than anyone else. Why should I invest any time or money in talking with someone who doesn't even know me and what I am going through?

I have read for years, that no one who has accomplished anything of significance, has been able to totally 'go it alone'. Certainly, there are many examples of successful men and women who have climbed 'the ladder' and will gladly identify those who helped them along the way. A team is important. A team attitude is vital. Having a coach that can help call the plays for the team can make the difference between winning or possibly not finishing at all.
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Do you ever stop and consider what the ingredients are that make you hang on every word of one person but yawn and day-dream through another?

I had a professor in college - who we affectionately named Dr. Sominex. He was so boring you didn't need a sleeping pill. I have also had many experiences of being glued to speakers, who immediately captured my attention, and then skillfully took me through content that inspired me to learn.

What makes the difference? How is it that some communicators keep you spell-bound while others make you wish you were somewhere else?

Was it the timely information you needed at the moment? Was it a story that intrigued you. Were you made to feel as if you were special and the information was tailored made for you? Maybe it was a combination of all of the above.
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