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How Can I Better Myself? Take Control

Posted by Rick Carter on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : how can I better myself 

 Pain is outside events and people controlling your actions.  For some people, that’s not painful, but somewhat pleasant.  Not making decision, not living with the consequences of their actions.  Some people seek this out.  You do not.  You strive to answer the question “how can I better myself?”  One answer, for you, is to have your input into these external events.


You will never control all of the external actions that affect you, because we live in a society that requires a certai...


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Leadership Characteristics: Set Goals

Posted by Rick Carter on Sunday, July 29, 2012, In : leadership characteristics 
The popular image is that of the hard charging leader, making it up as he goes along.  Every decision is from the gut, and every decision is correct.  The reality is that real leaders actually have a plan, with a backup plan and then an alternate plan.  Plans are built around goals.  And goals are set by leaders before the plan gets laid.

One of the key leadership characteristics is not only to set goals, but to have all the members of his or her team participate.   The old way of leadership w...

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Leadership Characteristics: Anticipate!

Posted by Rick Carter on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, In : leadership characteristics 

Anyone can walk down a path with people following behind.  That is one way to be a leader.  Another way is to cut a path through the woods and have people follow.  Both of these are pretty brute forces methods, however.  A true leadership characteristic is not only to lead others down the path but to anticipate the correct path to follow.

Anticipation as a leader can come in the planning stages, when you have the courage to ask what if things go wrong.   Or it can come in the implementation,...


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Leadership Characteristics: Take Control

Posted by Rick Carter on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, In : leadership characteristics 

At one of those company retreat things, we were broken up into several groups and given “team building” tasks.   The last one involved the facilitator saying that we, as a group, had to get some spongy balls from one end of the room to the other, without throwing them.  So one person jumped out and immediately lined everyone up and told use how we were going to pass the balls, etc.  One person (okay, it was me!) looked at one of the tables and saw a vase.  I asked if we could put the ball...


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