Transformational Leadership Quotes

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It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.
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Roy T. Bennett
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Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.
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Bernard Branson
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Whenever I am in a difficult situation where there seems to be no way out, I think about all the times I have been in such situations and say to myself, "I did it before, so I can do it again.
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Idowu Koyenikan (Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability)
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When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work – the most you will make is 5 dollars.
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Idowu Koyenikan (Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability)
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Faith moves mountains, love transforms hearts.
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John Paul Warren
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There are many goals but one path - the path of compassion.
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Amit Ray (Nonviolence: The Transforming Power)
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Today is a new day and it brings with it a new set of opportunities for me to act on. I am attentive to the opportunities and I seize them as they arise. I have full confidence in myself and my abilities. I can do all things that I commit myself to. No obstacle is too big or too difficult for me to handle because what lies inside me is greater than what lies ahead of me. I am committed to improving myself and I am getting better daily. I am not held back by regret or mistakes from the past. I am moving forward daily. Absolutely nothing is impossible for me.
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Idowu Koyenikan (Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability)
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Truly powerful people have great humility. They do not try to impress, they do not try to be influential. They simply are. People are magnetically drawn to them. They are most often very silent and focused, aware of their core selves. ... They never persuade, nor do they use manipulation or aggressiveness to get their way. They listen. If there is anything they can offer to assist you, they offer it; if not, they are silent.
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Sanaya Roman (Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation)
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It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.
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Shannon L. Alder
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Live your life in such a way that you'll be remembered for your kindness, compassion, fairness, character, benevolence, and a force for good who had much respect for life, in general.
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Germany Kent
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Advice to my younger self: 1 Start where you are with what you have 2 Try not to hurt other people 3 Take more chances 4 If you fail, keep trying
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Germany Kent
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The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.
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Derek Sivers
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need to let go of the need to be in control.
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Charlene Li (Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead)
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When you can truly understand how others experience your behavior, without defending or judging, you then have the ability to produce a breakthrough in your leadership and team. Everything starts with your self-awareness. You cannot take charge without taking accountability, and you cannot take accountability without understanding how you avoid it.
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Loretta Malandro (Fearless Leadership: How to Overcome Behavioral Blindspots and Transform Your Organization)
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Vision without action is a daydream, but action without vision is a nightmare.
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Kaihan Krippendorff
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Pivoting is not the end of the disruption process, but the beginning of the next leg of your journey.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Seven Ways To Get Ahead in Business: 1. Be forward thinking 2. Be inventive, and daring 3. Do the right thing 4. Be honest and straight forward 5. Be willing to change, to learn, to grow 6. Work hard and be yourself 7. Lead by example
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Germany Kent
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No obstacle is so big that one person with determination can't make a difference.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Management makes a system work. It helps you do what you know how to do. Leadership builds systems or transforms old ones.
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John P. Kotter (Leading Change [with a New Preface])
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There is an absolute need for organizations to innovate, grow, transform, and reinvent themselves faster than ever before.
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Kaihan Krippendorff
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Great ideas don’t die in the market, they die in the shower. People are too scared to pursue them because they appear crazy.
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Kaihan Krippendorff
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It is not blindly pushing your own agenda that will enrich the world. It’s is your ability and willingness to understand, appreciate, anticipate, address, serve and support the lives of others that will.
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Rasheed Ogunlaru
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Learn to master your thoughts and watch closely what you deposit into your spirit. Speak over your life. Living in peace has transformative power.
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Germany Kent
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Don’t blame others. it won’t make you a better person.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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Arming employees with the tools, know-how, and mindset needed to successfully innovate on a continual basis will be paramount to organizational survival.
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Kaihan Krippendorff
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Libertarian action must recognize this dependence as a weak point and must attempt through reflection and action to transform it into independence. However, not even the best-intentioned leadership can bestow independence as a gift. The liberation of the oppressed is a liberation of women and men, not things. Accordingly, while no one liberates himself by his own efforts alone, neither is he liberated by others. Liberation, a human phenomenon, cannot be achieved by semihumans. Any attempt to treat people as semihumans only dehumanizes them.
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Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
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A winning mindset can transform an underdog into a champion, conqueror, and achiever. You’re a mindset away from winning your battles!
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Assegid Habtewold (The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For continued success in leadership)
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The real challenge is for each of us to determine where we feel we can make the most impact.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Innovation is a learned organizational capability. You must train people how to innovate and navigate organizational barriers that kill off good ideas before they can be tested.
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Kaihan Krippendorff
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Disruptors don't have to discover something new; they just have to discover a practical use for new discoveries.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Don’t set your own goals by what other people make important.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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FORGIVE FAILURE. The corollary to accountability is forgiveness. Things go wrong all the time in relationships, and the healthiest ones move on from them, leaving behind grudges and blame. This is not to say that failure is accepted; rather, that it is acknowledged and understood.
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Charlene Li (Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead)
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The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful ones know that the most unprofitable thing ever manufactured is an excuse.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Lifelong learning is no longer a luxury but a necessity for employment.
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Jay Samit
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At the heart of all sales and marketing is the ability to create demand even in the absence of logic.
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Jay Samit
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The bigger the victory, the bigger the battle. Still, be the light and a change agent for healing, restoration and transformation.
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Germany Kent
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Greatness means setting out to make some difference somewhere to someone in someplace.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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Becoming a great leader doesn’t mean being perfect. it means living with your imperfections.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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Many people spend more time looking at their failures than focusing on their successes.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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You have a choice: pursue your dreams, or be hired by someone else to help them fulfill their dreams.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Every threat to the status quo is an opportunity in disguise.
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Jay Samit
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If you never try, you'll never know. You are what you manifest.
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Germany Kent
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The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader." - Quoting Derek Sivers
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Adam M. Grant (Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World)
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Do not allow your inner doubts to keep you from achieving what you can do.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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Living in peace has transformative power!
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Germany Kent
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Employees in large, older firms often have difficulty getting a transformation process started because of the lack of leadership coupled with arrogance, insularity, and bureaucracy.
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John P. Kotter (Leading Change [with a New Preface])
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Now, more than ever, the world needs transformational leaders β€” not to cultivate change for it’s own sake, but to lead through the inevitable evolutions in business and human society.
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Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr.
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When leaders die to pushing their own agendas and realize that leadership is the act of dying to self, those around them are profoundly transformed. Selfless leadership opens a space for God to flow into.
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Mark Sayers (Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm)
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Why have the writings of the prophets endured? Because they fearlessly speak truth to power. They call out the injustice and oppression of the system gone wrong. They hold those in leadership accountable for the decisions they make.
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Rob Bell (What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything)
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transformation begins with the individual” Dr William Edwards Deming The New Economics - 1993
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Priyavrat Thareja
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Practice transforms a skill into an art
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Siddharth Joshi
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Leaders motivate people to understand that they can do better than they’ve already done and go farther than they’ve reached.
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Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
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The most important tool you have on a resume is language.
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Jay Samit
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It is not incumbent on the world to conform to your vision of change. It is up to you to explain the future in terms that those living in the past and present can follow.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Speed to fail should be every entrepreneur's motto. When you finally find the one idea that can't be killed, go with it.
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Jay Samit
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Insight and drive are all the skills you need. Everything else can be hired.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Success doesn't teach as many lessons as failure
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Jay Samit
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To be successful, innovation is not just about value creation, but value capture.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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You'll never know how close you are to victory if you give up.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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No one who ever led a nation got there by following the path of another.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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All businesses -- no matter if they make dog food or software -- don't sell products, they sell solutions.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead.
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BrenΓ© Brown (Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead)
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One of the most significant barriers to progress is the lack of effective leadership.
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Ken Jennings (The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community)
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Focus on how far you have come in life rather than looking at the accomplishments of others.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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To reach the stars of your dream, you need to take a brand-new path, overcome the challenges of life and rise above the horizon like a new sun.
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Amit Ray (Power of Exponential Mindset for Success and Leadership)
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All the best apps, companies, and products have broken the way we live life, transformed how we communicate, and changed our day-to-day. Good products evolve us. You’re
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Gary Vaynerchuk (#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness)
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Leaders don’t call unhappy followers β€œungrateful people”. They see them as β€œlesson teachers”. They find out why they are unhappy; perhaps it could be as a result of their attitudes. That informs them to change!
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Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
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We lead more out of who we are than out of what we do, strategic or otherwise. If we fail to recognize that who we are on the inside informs every aspect of our leadership, we will do damage to ourselves and to those we lead.
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Peter Scazzero (The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World)
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The U.S. Navy SEAL Teams were at the forefront of this leadership transformation, emerging from the triumphs and tragedies of war with a crystallized understanding of what it takes to succeed in the most challenging environments that combat presents.
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Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win)
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When we look at the world through the lens of how, we see leaders shift, and others even transform, their habits of leadership from β€œcommand and control” to β€œconnect and collaborate.” It’s a move from exerting power over people to generating waves through them.
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Dov Seidman (How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything)
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Until your senior leaders’ calendars align with the purpose, culture change isn’t happening.
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Jim Lawless (Taming Tigers: Do Things You Never Thought You Could [Mar 05, 2012] Lawless, Jim)
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A career is just a longer trip with a whole lot more baggage.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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ReThink Training: The best process of learning is on the job, just-in-time, "nibble-knowledge" to incrementally transform mindsets and skillsets irrevocably.
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Tony Dovale
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Your brain craves patterns and searches for them endlessly. THOMAS B. CZERNER (2001)
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David Rock (Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work)
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Lasting leadership comes from a personal transformation, not a personal agenda.
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Barry Banther (A Leader's Gift: How to Earn the Right to Be Followed)
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Most leadership writing today advises us on how to prosper within the system. I believe real leadership is about transforming the system.
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Ziad K. Abdelnour
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If we unite, we can surmount any mountain and make things happen for the betterment of all.
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Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha (Leadership Torch)
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The majority of people are not willing to risk what they have built for the opportunity to have something better.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Would you rather work forty hours a week at a job you hate or eighty hours a week doing work you love?
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Your energy is a valuable resource, distribute it wisely.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Starting each day with a positive mindset is the most important step of your journey to discovering opportunity.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Be the best at what you do or the only one doing it.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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An average idea enthusiastically embraced will go farther than a genius idea no one gets.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Problems are just businesses waiting for the right entrepreneur to unlock the value.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Data has no ego and makes an excellent co-pilot.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Data may disappoint, but it never lies.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Most startup failures result from entrepreneurs who are better at making excuses than products.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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A free and open Internet is a despot's worst enemy.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Our world's future is far more malleable and controllable than most people realize.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Their greatest fear is you may step forward without fear. Because your courage may become contagious.
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Tom Althouse (The Frowny Face Cow)
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The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. ANTHONY JAY
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David Rock (Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work)
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Leaders inform, inspire and improve people. They educate, empower and enrich the value of their followers. They make impacts.
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Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
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Don't focus on the numbers. Trust the process. When you keep doing things the right way, eventually the numbers will rise, the wins will come, and the outcome will happen.
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Jon Gordon (The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World (Jon Gordon))
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Getting your ego out of the way has an even deeper organizational impact.
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Ken Jennings (The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community)
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To serve the many, you first serve the few.
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Ken Jennings (The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community)
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Self-assurance reassures others and reassures yourself.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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When your intuition is strong, follow it.
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Lolly Daskal (The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness)
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A disruptor finds opportunity and profit from his misfortunes.
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Jay Samit
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The keyword here is TRANSFORMATION, which made me be who I am and communicate these words to you.
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Mwanandeke Kindembo (Destiny of Liberty)
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Smart entrepreneurs learn that they must fail often and fast.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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If we elect the same corrupt politicians every time, that's an obvious message that we don't want a change.
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Sukant Ratnakar (Quantraz)
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Driving a positive, high-performing culture requires more than words. After all, everyone has a mission statement, but only the great organizations also have people who are on a mission.
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Jon Gordon (The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World (Jon Gordon))
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The leader who listens is the one society needs most. They don’t force their commands on people. They pay attention to their demands and set the pace for the change that society truly needs.
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Israelmore Ayivor (Leaders' Ladder)
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the working definition of leadership we are using here: Energizing a community of people toward their own transformation in order to accomplish a shared mission in the face of a changing world.
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Tod Bolsinger (Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory)
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When a desire is deep, it reaches the subconscious mind and calls for cultivation of qualities that will help fulfill desires, and this is what transforms an ordinary person into a great leader.
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Awdhesh Singh (The Secret Red Book of Leadership)
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Although these cases are different, RodrΓ­guez, Parolin and Kasper were all considered too moderate for senior leadership positions in the John Paul II and Benedict XVI years, when the top papal priority was Catholic identity.
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John L. Allen Jr. (The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church)
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Seth Godin writes, β€œLeadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead. This scarcity makes leadership valuable.…It’s uncomfortable to stand up in front of strangers. It’s uncomfortable to propose an idea that might fail. It’s uncomfortable to challenge the status quo. It’s uncomfortable to resist the urge to settle. When you identify the discomfort, you’ve found the place where a leader is needed. If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.
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BrenΓ© Brown (Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead)
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Many supporters believe--or want to believe--that Obama will be a transformative political leader in a transformative time. They eagerly await the flowering of peace and social justice policies that will open a new chapter in the abatement of "the structural inequalities that our nation's legacy of discrimination has left behind." Whether Obama, carrying the weight of race on his shoulders in a manner no other United States president ever has, will provide leadership and initiative on these issues is yet to be seen. At every opportunity, we should remind him to try.
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Clarence Lusane (The Black History of the White House)
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transformational leadership)44 generates more social capitalβ€”the bonds of trust that help employees get more work done at a lower cost than employees at other firms. Hivish employees work harder, have more fun, and are less likely to quit or to sue the company.
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Jonathan Haidt (The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion)
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The convictions we need to rally around should be about life giving, community transformation, holistic personal growth, sacrifice, beauty, blessing, and world renewal. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a people committed to something that brings personal meaning and makes the world a better place?
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Hugh Halter (The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series Book 36))
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It is often questioned whether one person alone can transform the whole system. In reality, only one person can transform and create change. Of course, team effort makes the change possible. Yet, the whole process of change begins with that one person who created the change β€” the transformational leader.
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Radhakrishnan Pillai (Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leadership)
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Leaders are made not born. They are the results of persistent effort. Thus, leadership involves much more than just shouting. Effective leadership requires a human focus and reflects a servant and transformation mentality. It is about the nuts and bolts of execution. Leadership is an everyday activity. It is a process that begins but never ends.
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Vishwas Chavan (Vishwasutras: Universal Principles for Living: Inspired by Real-Life Experiences)
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We all have that divine moment, when our lives are transformed by the knowledge of the truth.
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Lailah Gifty Akita (Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind)
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People find power when it dawns on them that their true success isn’t rooted in you helping them. It’s grounded in you helping them help themselves.
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Bruce D. Schneider (Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core)
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ReThink Real Success: Keeping your word to others and never lying to yourself
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Tony Dovale (Tony Dovale's SoulShift - 1 Minute Wisdom Poetry & insights to transform your life. (1 Minute Wisdom for... a Happier Life))
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Rethink Your Success Mindset: Gratitude is the attitude, fuel and catalyst that transforms life's challenges into wisdom.
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Tony Dovale
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Without transformation there can be nothing new and citizens cannot expect any change from the newly elected leader.
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Mwanandeke Kindembo (Destiny of Liberty)
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Vision without implementation is counterproductive.
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Douglas B. Reeves (Transforming Professional Development into Student Results)
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The litmus test for our success as Leaders is not how many people we are leading, but how many we are transforming into leaders
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Kayode Fayemi
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They need leaders who help them shine, who help them fulfill their potential at work.
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David Rock (Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work)
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To succeed in this day and age, all you need to be ahead of the pack is to be informed, and turn the information into transformation for your betterment and that of others.
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Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
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Leaders who changed the world never enrolled in a β€œleadership course”; they deeply cared about people, engaged them, and acted with courage, thoughtfulness and integrity.
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Amine A. Ayad (Leading Through Diversity: Transforming Managers Into Effective Leaders)
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In life, you get what you believe you deserve.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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leaders who do undertake a voyage of personal understanding and development can transform not only their own capabilities but also those of their companies.
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Harvard Business School Press (HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership (with featured article "What Makes an Effective Executive," by Peter F. Drucker))
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There is a difference between failing and failure. Failing is trying something that you learn doesn't work. Failure is throwing in the towel and giving up.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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There are riches to be found simply by capturing the value released through others' disruptive breakthroughs.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Disruption isn't about what happens to you, it's about how you respond to what happens to you.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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A negative mind will never find success. I have never heard a positive idea come from a person in a negative state.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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If you don't know where you want to be in five years, how do you ever expect to get there?
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Jay Samit
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You can truly have it all, just not all at the same time.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Plan for ways to get more enjoyment into your life and you will get more joy out of it.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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You will have more regrets for the things you didn't try than the ones you tried and didn't succeed at.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Whether driven by ambition or circumstance, every career gets disrupted.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Corporate planning cycles are a classic example of generals fighting the last war over again instead of preparing for what might lie ahead.
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Jay Samit
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There are two types of people in this world: those whose look for opportunity and those who make it happen.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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If you can imagine a solution, you can make it happen.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Those that recognize the inevitability of change stand to benefit the most from it.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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The customer is always right...even when they're wrong.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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The best big idea is only going to be as good as its implementation.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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The joy of disruption comes from accepting that we all live in a temporal state.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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All Disruption starts with introspection.
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Jay Samit
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Security doesn't rob ambition; the illusion of security robs ambition.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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If life, you get what you believe you deserve.
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Jay Samit
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The most successful people have the same twenty-four hours in a day that you do.
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Jay Samit
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A dream with a deadline is a goal.
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Jay Samit
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Accepting that the odds are against you is the same as accepting defeat before you begin.
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Jay Samit (Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation)
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Building a career or a company is about living a few years of your life like most people won't so that you can spend the rest of your life living at a level most people can't.
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Jay Samit
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Organizations do not transformβ€”people do.
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William A. Adams (Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results)
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You will experience 100 transformative moments every year.
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Bill Jensen (Future Strong)
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Great CIOs are great storytellers, envision and communicate a full-fledged, people-centric digital transformation.
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Pearl Zhu (12 CIO Personas: The Digital CIO's Situational Leadership Practices)
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No company exists in a vacuum; each is part of an ecosystem.
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Steven J. Bowen (Total Value Optimization: Transforming Your Global Supply Chain Into a Competitive Weapon)
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Live a life of purpose. Be a voice to be reckoned with. Do not be lost in the midst of the crowd. Contribute your own quota to the transformation going on where God planted you.
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Benjamin Suulola
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Great leaders asked you to dream for your nation but religious leaders will ask you to wear traditional dress in your dream for the nation
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'LORD VISHNU' P.S.JAGADEESH KUMAR
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Today, disruption is the ultimate value generator, knowledge is a commodity and innovation a way forward.
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@rodrigolobos
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The pace in the #digital age will force us to review our paradigms on a quarterly basis
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@rodrigolobos
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Digital Transformation frameworks and models have transitioned from People-Technology-Process to Paradigms-Technologies-Ecosystems
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@rodrigolobos
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The paradigms and behaviors of digital leaders are VERY different from traditional management.
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@rodrigolobos
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Politics look very simple to the outsider whether he is a businessman or a soldier – it is only when you get into it that all the angles and hard work become apparent. James Forrestal
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David Pietrusza (1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America)
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The political Greeders mindset wastes resources that could transform the future of tens of millions of people and the destinies of the countries. We need to rethink Leadership and politics.
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Tony Dovale
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As theologian DavidΒ F. Wells states so powerfully, We have turned to a God that we can use rather than a God we must obey; we have turned to a God who will fulfill our needs rather than to a God before whom we must surrender our rights to ourselves. He is a God for us and for our satisfaction, and we have come to assume that it must be so in the church as well. And so we transform the God of mercy into a God who is at our mercy. We imagine that he is benign, that he will acquiesce as we toy with his reality and co-opt him in the promotion of our ventures and careers.
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R. Albert Mohler Jr. (The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters)
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Seems today everyone is waiting for someone or someday. Some-one and Some-day don’t exist! There is only YOU and only NOW. Now is the time for YOU to take SWIFT ACTION with FIERCE Focus!
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Tony Dovale (Tony Dovale's SoulShift - 1 Minute Wisdom Poetry & insights to transform your life. (1 Minute Wisdom for... a Happier Life))
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this process isn’t suitable for complex decisions that have nuance, and those who use it in such situations run the risk of being perceived as rubberstamping when the decision had already been made.
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Charlene Li (Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead)
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I saw the figure of 178 Billion wasted/stolen from the people of a country by its corrupt and inept government. Such a figure could truly transform the entire country; education, health, roads, schooling, entrepreneurial environment... of millions of people, rather than be secreted away as a few more 0000's in global bank accounts for the greeders. We need to Rethink Public Service, Values, Ethics and Leadership.
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Tony Dovale
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The Truth Is That Challenge Is the Crucible for Greatness. The study of leadership is the study of how men and women guide people through uncertainty, hardship, disruption, transformation, transition, recovery, new beginnings, and other significant challenges. It’s also the study of how men and women, in times of constancy and complacency, actively seek to disturb the status quo, awaken new possibilities, and pursue opportunities.
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James M. Kouzes (The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know)
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By telling you that you can transform your non-talents into talents, these less effective managers are not only setting you up to fail, they are intrinsically blaming you for your inevitable failure. This is perverse.
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Gallup Press (First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently)
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When it comes to transformation or deformation, organizational cultures are rarely neutral. For the most part cultural norms will support and catalyze or work against the process of spiritual transformation. Cultivating a culture
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Ruth Haley Barton (Pursuing God's Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Transforming Resources))
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I learned this truth; we cannot simultaneously be our best selves and avoid pissing off people. When we align our actions with the divine, good, orderly direction we seek, some folks will not like that we are changing the dance steps.
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Karen Joy Hardwick (The Connected Leader: 7 Strategies to Empower Your True Self and Inspire Others)
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How to Survive Racism in an Organization that Claims to be Antiracist: 10. Ask why they want you. Get as much clarity as possible on what the organization has read about you, what they understand about you, what they assume are your gifts and strengths. What does the organization hope you will bring to the table? Do those answers align with your reasons for wanting to be at the table? 9. Define your terms. You and the organization may have different definitions of words like "justice", "diveristy", or "antiracism". Ask for definitions, examples, or success stories to give you a better idea of how the organization understands and embodies these words. Also ask about who is in charge and who is held accountable for these efforts. Then ask yourself if you can work within the structure. 8. Hold the organization to the highest vision they committed to for as long as you can. Be ready to move if the leaders aren't prepared to pursue their own stated vision. 7. Find your people. If you are going to push back against the system or push leadership forward, it's wise not to do so alone. Build or join an antiracist cohort within the organization. 6. Have mentors and counselors on standby. Don't just choose a really good friend or a parent when seeking advice. It's important to have on or two mentors who can give advice based on their personal knowledge of the organization and its leaders. You want someone who can help you navigate the particular politics of your organization. 5. Practice self-care. Remember that you are a whole person, not a mule to carry the racial sins of the organization. Fall in love, take your children to the park, don't miss doctors' visits, read for pleasure, dance with abandon, have lots of good sex, be gentle with yourself. 4. Find donors who will contribute to the cause. Who's willing to keep the class funded, the diversity positions going, the social justice center operating? It's important for the organization to know the members of your cohort aren't the only ones who care. Demonstrate that there are stakeholders, congregations members, and donors who want to see real change. 3. Know your rights. There are some racist things that are just mean, but others are against the law. Know the difference, and keep records of it all. 2. Speak. Of course, context matters. You must be strategic about when, how, to whom, and about which situations you decide to call out. But speak. Find your voice and use it. 1. Remember: You are a creative being who is capable of making change. But it is not your responsibility to transform an entire organization.
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Austin Channing Brown (I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness)
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But here’s a critical pointβ€”more open decision making processes also typically require open information sharing. If you are going to involve more people in the process, they have to have the right information on which to base their decisions.
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Charlene Li (Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead)
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In what is known as the 70/20/10 learning concept, Robert Eichinger and Michael Lombardo, in collaboration with Morgan McCall of the Center for Creative Leadership, explain that 70 percent of learning and development takes place from real-life and on-the-job experiences, tasks, and problem solving; 20 percent of the time development comes from other people through informal or formal feedback, mentoring, or coaching; and 10 percent of learning and development comes from formal training.
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Marcia Conner (The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media)
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term Lean was coined by John Krafcik in a 1988 article based on his master’s thesis at MIT Sloan School of Management1 and then popularized in The Machine that Changed the World and Lean Thinking. Lean Thinking summarized Womack and Jones’s findings from studying how Toyota operates, an approach that was spearheaded by Taiichi Ohno, codified by Shigeo Shingo, and strongly influenced by the work of W. Edwards Deming, Joseph Juran, Henry Ford, and U.S. grocery stores. Lean Thinking framed Toyota’s
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Karen Martin (Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation)
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Transforming a team, let alone an entire organisation, from the principles of command and control to those based on servant-leadership, from plans based on prediction to plans based on empirical, evolutionary data requires both patience and tenacity.
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Geoff Watts (Scrum Mastery)
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Could I see that God wanted to transform my life from a somewhat ugly, useless branch to an arrow, a tool usable in His hands, for the furtherance of His purposes?....To be thus transformed, was I willing - am I till willing - for the whittling, sandpapering, stripping, processes necessary in my Christian life? The ruthless pulling off of leaves and flowers might include doing without a television set or washing machine, remaining single in order to see a job done, re-evaluating the worthiness of the ambition to be a "good" doctor (according to my terms an values). The snapping of thorns might include drastic dealing with hidden jealousies and unknown prides, giving up prized rights in leadership and administration. The final stripping of the bark might include lessons to be learned regarding death to self - self-defence,self-pity, self-justification, self-vinidication, self-sufficiency, all the mechanisms of preventing the hurt of too deep involvment. Am I prepared for the pain, which may at times seem like sacrifice, in order to be made a tool in His service? My willingness will be a measure of the sincerity of my desire to express my heartfelt gratitude to Him for his so-great salvation. Can I see such minor "sacrifices" in light of the great sacrifice of Calvary, where Christ gave all for me?
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Helen Roseveare (Living Sacrifice: Willing to be Whittled as an Arrow)
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Be authentically you. The world doesn’t revolve around you, but it depends on you. Be consistent. Be your best self. Show up every day like the sunrise, wearing your finest garment, and be ready to shine brightly in every life and every circumstance that you touch.
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Janet Autherine (Island Mindfulness: How to Use the Transformational Power of Mindfulness to Create an Abundant Life)
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In Indian institutions, what often hinders growth is the reluctance of those at the top to listen to their juniors and subordinates. There is a belief that all decisions and ideas must come in a top-to-down manner. The line between leadership and bullying is a thin one.
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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions)
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Here’s my full list of guidelines for how to apply the principles of this chapter to email communication. 1. Emails should contain as few words as possible. 2. Make it easy to see your central point at a glance, in one screen. 3. Never send an email that could emotionally affect another person unless it’s pure positive feedback. 4. Emotional issues must be discussed by phone; email should be used only to book a time for a call. 5. If you accidentally break rule number four, phone the person immediately, apologize, and discuss the issue by phone.
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David Rock (Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work)
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True prophetic people, as well as real disciples in any positions of leadership, choose to seek intimacy with our Lord, not in order to produce supernatural displays and experiences, but in order to be transformed into the image of the One who gave all to unite us with Himself.
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Jeremiah Johnson (I See A New Prophetic Generation)
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The metamorphosis of your life begins with your mental appreciation for the cocoon stage of your journey. The adversities, the struggles, the perils of life are what either destroy your motivation or encourage your transformation to become what you were truly born to be. A WINNER!
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DeWayne Owens
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In summary, then, the myriad ways in which people have used this book and its ideas fall within five broad areas of application: (1) applicant screening and hiring, (2) leadership and team building, (3) conflict resolution, (4) accountability transformation, and (5) personal growth and development.
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The Arbinger Institute (Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box)
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People are typically more comfortable talking with others in their own environment; being asked to come to a conference room to help a leadership-heavy team evaluate work flow can evoke understandable anxiety and make them feel like they are on a witness stand. It is much more effective to go to them.
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Karen Martin (Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Process and Align People for Organizational Transformation: Using Lean Business Practices to Transform Office and Service Environments)
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In one respect New Orleans has set an example for all the world in the fight against yellow fever. The first impression was the complete organization of the citizens and the rational and reasonable way in which the fight has been conducted by them. With a tangible enemy in view, the army of defense could begin to fight rationally and scientifically. The... spirit in which the citizens of New Orleans sallied forth to win this fight strikes one who has been witness to the profound gloom, distress, and woe that cloud every other epidemic city. Rupert Boyce, Dean of Liverpool School of Tropical Diseases, 1905
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Rupert Boyce
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Another great example of the power of vulnerability -- this time in a corporation -- is the leadership approach taken by Lululemon's CEO, Christine Day. In a video interview with CNN Money, Day explained that she was once a very bright, smart executive who "majored in being right." Her transformation came when she realized that getting people to engage and take ownership wasn't about "the teling" but about letting them come into the idea in a purpose-led way, and that her job was creating the space for others to perform. She chracterized this change as the shift from "having the best idea or problem solving" to "being the best leader of people.
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BrenΓ© Brown (Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead)
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To generate an enduring peace, we will each have to continue to make progress as Christ conscious leaders, becoming increasingly aware of our unity with others and expanding our ability to receive Divine Love and be a vehicle for Divine Love. We will each have to detach from any impediments in our tribes, our families, and our own self-will that deter us from a commitment to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives, to do our work, and to continue our lifelong transformation as Christ conscious leaders. And we will have to come to realize that, in partnership with the Eternal Absolute, we each have the power – and the calling – to build the kingdom of God on earth.
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Barbara Benjamin (Christ Conscious Leadership)
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I regularly invite educators and leaders to send me their questions, and hundreds of them do so every month. The most common question, however, is one to which my response is probably most disappointing. The question is β€œHow do I get better buy-in from my staff before I implement some critically needed changes?” The answer is β€œYou don’t.
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Douglas B. Reeves (Transforming Professional Development into Student Results)
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For leaders, vulnerability often looks and feels like discomfort. In his book Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin writes, β€œLeadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead. This scarcity makes leadership valuable.…It’s uncomfortable to stand up in front of strangers. It’s uncomfortable to propose an idea that might fail. It’s uncomfortable to challenge the status quo. It’s uncomfortable to resist the urge to settle. When you identify the discomfort, you’ve found the place where a leader is needed. If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader.
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BrenΓ© Brown (Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead)
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In successful transformations, the president, division general manager, or department head plus another five, fifteen, or fifty people with a commitment to improved performance pull together as a team. This group rarely includes all of the most senior people because some of them just won’t buy in, at least at first. But in the most successful cases, the coalition is always powerfulβ€”in terms of formal titles, information and expertise, reputations and relationships, and the capacity for leadership. Individuals alone, no matter how competent or charismatic, never have all the assets needed to overcome tradition and inertia except in very small organizations. Weak committees are usually even less effective.
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John P. Kotter (Leading Change [with a New Preface])
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Two categories of people can be found in the world today. There are those who make things happen and there are those who watch things happen. A spectator watch things happen while a player make things happen. In the same vein, history writers watch things happen and history makers make things happen. This is why history writers are always at the mercy of history makers.
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Benjamin Suulola
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The transformation of a business-as-usual culture into one focused on innovation and driven by design involves activities, decisions, and attitudes. Workshops help expose people to design thinking as a new approach. Pilot projects help market the benefits of design thinking within the organization. Leadership focuses the program of change and gives people permission to learn and experiment. Assembling interdisciplinary teams ensures that the effort is broadly based. Dedicated spaces such as the P&G Innovation Gym provide a resource for longer-term thinking and ensure that the effort will be sustained. Measurement of impacts, both quantitative and qualitative, helps make the business case and ensures that resources are appropriately allocated. It may make sense to establish incentives for business units to collaborate in new ways so that younger talent sees innovation as a path to success rather than as a career risk.
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Tim Brown (Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation)
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...Des felt a familiar feeling in the pit of his stomach. All soldiers felt the same thing going into battle, whether they admitted it or not: fear. Fear of failure, fear of dying, fear of watching their friends die, fear of being wounded and living out the rest of their days crippled or maimed. The fear was always there, and it would devour you if you let it. Des knew how to turn that fear to his own advantage. Take what makes you weak and turn it into something that makes you strong. Transform the fear into anger and hate: hatred of the enemy; hatred of the Republic and the Jedi. The hate gave him strength, and the strength brought him victory. For Des the transformation came easily once the fighting started. Thanks to his abusive father, he'd been turning fear into anger and hate ever since he was a child. Maybe that was why he was such a good soldier. Maybe that was why the others looked to him for leadership.
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Drew Karpyshyn (Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #1))
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We have no obligation to endure or enable certain types of certain toxic relationships. The Christian ethic muddies these waters because we attach the concept of long-suffering to these damaging connections. We prioritize proximity over health, neglecting good boundaries and adopting a Savior role for which we are ill-equipped. Who else we'll deal with her?, we say. Meanwhile, neither of you moves towards spiritual growth. She continues toxic patterns and you spiral in frustration, resentment and fatigue. Come near, dear one, and listen. You are not responsible for the spiritual health of everyone around you. Nor must you weather the recalcitrant behavior of others. It is neither kind nor gracious to enable. We do no favors for an unhealthy friend by silently enduring forever. Watching someone create chaos without accountability is not noble. You won't answer for the destructive habits of an unsafe person. You have a limited amount of time and energy and must steward it well. There is a time to stay the course and a time to walk away. There's a tipping point when the effort becomes useless, exhausting beyond measure. You can't pour antidote into poison forever and expect it to transform into something safe, something healthy. In some cases, poison is poison and the only sane response is to quit drinking it. This requires honest self evaluation, wise counselors, the close leadership of the Holy Spirit, and a sober assessment of reality. Ask, is the juice worth the squeeze here. And, sometimes, it is. You might discover signs of possibility through the efforts, or there may be necessary work left and it's too soon to assess. But when an endless amount of blood, sweat and tears leaves a relationship unhealthy, when there is virtually no redemption, when red flags are frantically waved for too long, sometimes the healthiest response is to walk away. When we are locked in a toxic relationship, spiritual pollution can murder everything tender and Christ-like in us. And a watching world doesn't always witness those private kill shots. Unhealthy relationships can destroy our hope, optimism, gentleness. We can lose our heart and lose our way while pouring endless energy into an abyss that has no bottom. There is a time to put redemption in the hands of God and walk away before destroying your spirit with futile diligence.
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Jen Hatmaker (For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards)
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being picked on, was very painful, but it made me a better person. It instilled in me a lifelong hatred for bullies and sympathy for their victims. Some of the most satisfying work I did as a prosecutor, in fact, was putting bullies of all kinds in jail, freeing good people from their tyranny. After my experience in college, I was never going to surrender to the group again simply because it was easy. And I was going to make sure my life had some meaning, because I’d already seen how fleeting life could be. CHAPTER 4 MEANING I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. β€”HERMANN HESSE I HAVE WORKED with great men over the years, but two of my most important teachers about life and leadership were women. In 1993, after my work on the Gambino trial ended, I kept my promise to Patrice and we moved our family to Richmond, a place where we had few
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James Comey (A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership)
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We have turned to a God that we can use rather than a God we must obey; we have turned to a God who will fulfill our needs rather than to a God before whom we must surrender our rights to ourselves. He is a God for us and for our satisfaction, and we have come to assume that it must be so in the church as well. And so we transform the God of mercy into a God who is at our mercy. We imagine that he is benign, that he will acquiesce as we toy with his reality and co-opt him in the promotion of our ventures and careers.
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R. Albert Mohler Jr. (The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters)
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Our greatest leaders are neither dreamers nor dictators: They are, like Jefferson, those who articulate national aspirations yet master the mechanics of influence and know when to depart from dogma. Jefferson had a remarkable capacity to marshal ideas and to move men, to balance the inspirational and the pragmatic. To realize his vision, he compromised and improvised. The willingness to do what he needed to do in a given moment makes him an elusive historical figure. Yet in the real world . . . his creative flexibility made him a transformative leader.
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Jon Mecham
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There are two opposing conceptions concerning lies. The first is attributed to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who is reputed to have said, β€œA lie told often enough becomes the truth.” There is another one, attributed to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said: β€œRepetition does not transform a lie into a truth.” It is clear that the Russian leadership has a preference for Lenin’s approach. Even faced with unequivocal evidence it continues to deny the facts. Apart from unfounded accusations against Georgia of genocide and the denial of its own use of cluster bombs, the war in Georgia was preceded and accompanied by open lies, misinformation (for instance, about β€œuncontrollable” South Ossetian militias), and active disinformation, all reminiscent of the old Soviet style. In this way Russia almost succeeded in hiding the most important fact: that this was not a β€œRussian-Georgian war,” but a Russian war against Georgia in Georgia. There was not a single Georgian soldier that crossed the Russian frontier at any point. The Georgian troops that went into South Ossetia did not cross international frontiers, but intervened in their own country, no different from Russian troops intervening in Chechnya. It was Russian and not Georgian troops that crossed the border of another, sovereign country, in breach of the principles of international law [230―31].
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Marcel H. Van Herpen (Putin's Wars: The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism)
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Why Westerners are so obsessed with "saving" Africa, and why this obsession so often goes awry? Western countries should understand that Africa’s development chances and social possibilities remain heavily hindered due to its overall mediocre governance. Africa rising is still possible -- but first Africans need to understand that the power lies not just with the government, but the people. I do believe, that young Africans have the will to "CHANGE" Africa. They must engage their government in a positive manner on issues that matters -- I also realize that too many of the continent’s people are subject to the kinds of governments that favor ruling elites rather than ordinary villagers and townspeople. These kind of behavior trickles down growth. In Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is the problem. In South Africa the Apartheid did some damage. The country still wrestles with significant racial issues that sometimes leads to the murder of its citizens. In Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya the world’s worst food crisis is being felt. In Libya the West sends a mixed messages that make the future for Libyans uncertain. In Nigeria oil is the biggest curse. In Liberia corruption had make it very hard for the country to even develop. Westerners should understand that their funding cannot fix the problems in Africa. African problems can be fixed by Africans. Charity gives but does not really transform. Transformation should come from the root, "African leadership." We have a PHD, Bachelors and even Master degree holders but still can't transform knowledge. Knowledge in any society should be the power of transformation. Africa does not need a savior and western funds, what Africa needs is a drive towards ownership of one's destiny. By creating a positive structural system that works for the majority. There should be needs in dealing with corruption, leadership and accountability.
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Henry Johnson Jr
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Side by side with the limitless possibilities opened up by the new technologies, reflection about international order must include the internal dangers of societies driven by mass consensus, deprived of the context and foresight needed on terms compatible with their historical character. In every other era, this has been considered the essence of leadership; in our own, it risks being reduced to a series of slogans designed to capture immediate short-term approbation. Foreign policy is in danger of turning into a subdivision of domestic politics instead of an exercise in shaping the future. If the major countries conduct their policies in this manner internally, their relations on the international stage will suffer concomitant distortions. The search for perspective may well be replaced by a hardening of differences, statesmanship by posturing. As diplomacy is transformed into gestures geared toward passions, the search for equilibrium risks giving way to a testing of limits.
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Henry Kissinger (World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History)
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Imagine the following. Three groups of ten individuals are in a park at lunchtime with a rainstorm threatening. In the first group, someone says: β€œGet up and follow me.” When he starts walking and only a few others join in, he yells to those still seated: β€œUp, I said, and now!” In the second group, someone says: β€œWe’re going to have to move. Here’s the plan. Each of us stands up and marches in the direction of the apple tree. Please stay at least two feet away from other group members and do not run. Do not leave any personal belongings on the ground here and be sure to stop at the base of the tree. When we are all there . . .” In the third group, someone tells the others: β€œIt’s going to rain in a few minutes. Why don’t we go over there and sit under that huge apple tree. We’ll stay dry, and we can have fresh apples for lunch.” I am sometimes amazed at how many people try to transform organizations using methods that look like the first two scenarios: authoritarian decree and micromanagement. Both approaches have been applied widely in enterprises over the last century, but mostly for maintaining existing systems, not transforming those systems into something better. When the goal is behavior change, unless the boss is extremely powerful, authoritarian decree often works poorly even in simple situations, like the apple tree case. Increasingly, in complex organizations, this approach doesn’t work at all. Without the power of kings and queens behind it, authoritarianism is unlikely to break through all the forces of resistance. People will ignore you or pretend to cooperate while doing everything possible to undermine your efforts. Micromanagement tries to get around this problem by specifying what employees should do in detail and then monitoring compliance. This tactic can break through some of the barriers to change, but in an increasingly unacceptable amount of time. Because the creation and communication of detailed plans is deadly slow, the change produced this way tends to be highly incremental. Only the approach used in the third scenario above has the potential to break through all the forces that support the status quo and to encourage the kind of dramatic shifts found in successful transformations. (See figure 5–1.) This approach is based on visionβ€”a central component of all great leadership.
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John P. Kotter (Leading Change [with a New Preface])
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The former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu used to famously say, β€œWe are prisoners of hope.” Such a statement might be taken as merely rhetorical or even eccentric if you hadn’t seen Bishop Tutu stare down the notorious South African Security Police when they broke into the Cathedral of St. George’s during his sermon at an ecumenical service. I was there and have preached about the dramatic story of his response more times than I can count. The incident taught me more about the power of hope than any other moment of my life. Desmond Tutu stopped preaching and just looked at the intruders as they lined the walls of his cathedral, wielding writing pads and tape recorders to record whatever he said and thereby threatening him with consequences for any bold prophetic utterances. They had already arrested Tutu and other church leaders just a few weeks before and kept them in jail for several days to make both a statement and a point: Religious leaders who take on leadership roles in the struggle against apartheid will be treated like any other opponents of the Pretoria regime. After meeting their eyes with his in a steely gaze, the church leader acknowledged their power (β€œYou are powerful, very powerful”) but reminded them that he served a higher power greater than their political authority (β€œBut I serve a God who cannot be mocked!”). Then, in the most extraordinary challenge to political tyranny I have ever witnessed, Archbishop Desmond Tutu told the representatives of South African apartheid, β€œSince you have already lost, I invite you today to come and join the winning side!” He said it with a smile on his face and enticing warmth in his invitation, but with a clarity and a boldness that took everyone’s breath away. The congregation’s response was electric. The crowd was literally transformed by the bishop’s challenge to power. From a cowering fear of the heavily armed security forces that surrounded the cathedral and greatly outnumbered the band of worshipers, we literally leaped to our feet, shouted the praises of God and began…dancing. (What is it about dancing that enacts and embodies the spirit of hope?) We danced out of the cathedral to meet the awaiting police and military forces of apartheid who hardly expected a confrontation with dancing worshipers. Not knowing what else to do, they backed up to provide the space for the people of faith to dance for freedom in the streets of South Africa.
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Jim Wallis (God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It)
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You may not recognize the name Steven Schussler, CEO of Schussler Creative Inc., but you are probably familiar with his very popular theme restaurant Rainforest CafΓ©. Steve is one of the scrappiest people I know, with countless scrappy stories. He is open and honest about his wins and losses. This story about how he launched Rainforest CafΓ© is one of my favorites: Steve first envisioned a tropical-themed family restaurant back in the 1980s, but unfortunately, he couldn’t persuade anyone else to buy into the idea at the time. Not willing to give up easily, he decided to get scrappy and be β€œall in.” To sell his vision, he transformed his own split-level suburban home into a living, mist-enshrouded rain forest to convince potential investors that the concept was viable. Yes, you read that correctlyβ€”he converted his own house into a jungle dwelling complete with rock outcroppings, waterfalls, rivers, and layers of fog and mist that rose from the ground. The jungle included a life-size replica of an elephant near the front door, forty tropical birds in cages, and a live baby baboon named Charlie. Steve shared the following details: Every room, every closet, every hallway of my house was set up as a three-dimensional vignette: an attempt to present my idea of what a rain forest restaurant would look like in actual operation.Β .Β .Β . [I]t took me three years and almost $400,000 to get the house developed to the point where I felt comfortable showing it to potential investors.Β .Β .Β . [S]everal of my neighbors weren’t exactly thrilled to be living near a jungle habitat.Β .Β .Β . On one occasion, Steve received a visit from the Drug Enforcement Administration. They wanted to search the premises for drugs, presuming he may have had an illegal drug lab in his home because of his huge residential electric bill. I imagine they were astonished when they discovered the tropical rain forest filled with jungle creatures. Steve’s plan was beautiful, creative, fun, and scrappy, but the results weren’t coming as quickly as he would have liked. It took all of his resources, and he was running out of time and money to make something happen. (It’s important to note that your scrappy efforts may not generate results immediately.) I asked Steve if he ever thought about quitting, how tight was the money really, and if there was a time factor, and he said, β€œYes to all three! Of course I thought about quitting. I was running out of money and time.” Ultimately, Steve’s plan succeeded. After many visits and more than two years later, gaming executive and venture capitalist Lyle Berman bought into the concept and raised the funds necessary to get the Rainforest CafΓ© up and running. The Rainforest CafΓ© chain became one of the most successful themed restaurants ever created, and continues that way under Landry’s Restaurants and Tilman Fertitta’s leadership. Today, Steve creates restaurant concepts in fantastic warehouses far from his residential neighborhood!
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Terri L. Sjodin (Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big)
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It is quite unfathomable why the EU leadership fails to anticipate these potentially catastrophic possibilities, and fails to respond to popular concerns with more moderate immigration policies. One possible explanation for these perverse policies that has been put forward by highly regarded scholars, such as Samuel Huntington, is that the current leadership of the EU is composed of left-wing authoritarians who are enemies of the Western liberal tradition. According to Huntington, β€œMulticulturalism is in its essence anti-European... "and opposes its civilization. The official repression of dissent and pursuance of unpopular policies by undemocratic means suggests that such ideologues wish to turn the EU into a centrally controlled empire similar to the Soviet Union. If that is the case, then their current policies make a good deal of sense, in that they flood the continent with people who have lived under autocratic regimes and never lived in democratic republics. Such people may well be willing to tolerate repressive regimes provided they can maintain a moderate standard of living and their own traditional religious practices. As Hunnngton points out, imperial regimes often promote ethnic conflict among their minority citizens to strengthen the power of the central authority, with the not unrealistic claim that a powerful central authority is essential to maintain civil order. But if that is the case, then Europe will be transformed into an authoritarian and illiberal multiethnic empire, undemocratic, economically crippled and culturally retrograde. Is it any wonder that so many see Europe as committing suicide and its end coming "not with a bang, but a whimper?
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Byron M. Roth (The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature)