Lessons Learned from Dogs

DOGS! There have always been dogs on our ranch. There have always been dogs at our family reunions. Dogs are a part of our families. We All love our dogs!!!! Every dog has a unique personality and seems to epitomize a specific “human” characteristic. No matter what, dogs express love. They love you, no matter…

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Notes

Today, I tried to open one of my drawers that is full of boxes of notecards that I absolutely love to collect, write notes upon and send to friends, family and folks I meet along my path. But, the drawer was crammed to fullness and I couldn’t open it. So, I did what any strong,…

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Write Notes

In today’s digital world, writing a text or e mail is easy, quick and accessible. In fact, with people “on the go” there is a great deal of practicality to this method of “note writing”. However, there is still value in a well-crafted handwritten note. I don’t know about you, but I cannot (and probably…

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Make People Feel Important

 Isn’t it interesting how the world finds it so easy to tear people down and yet finds it so difficult to build people up? I’m not sure why that happens. I just know that this is true. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams says, “We find it so easy…

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Be Accountable

Webster defines accountability as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions.” Consider accountability to be a clear commitment that—in the eyes of another– has been kept. Wouldn’t you agree that trust and respect, are built on accountability. When effective teamwork is being discussed, accountability is a part of the equation. Teamwork indicates…

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Motivation & Communication

Motivation has been and continues to be a challenge for organizations and their managers. The concept of motivation is defined as a “personality dimension which occurs as an inner drive or need that leads to sustained effort toward a specific goal.” (Anderson, 1988) In most cases, the managers within an organization are held accountable for…

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Motivation & Change

It can be frustrating when you learn something great and you want to integrate something new into your practice, your home or in your life but the people with supporting roles want to “just stay the same”. Nothing changes. Nothing happens. The line flattens. You want to “motivate” people to change, but aren’t sure how…

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Feedback is crucial. Are you hearing what you need to succeed?

As you are developing and refining your management systems, it is imperative that you provide continuous, helpful feedback to team members who are going to set up or administer those systems. Feedback—or evaluation—is an element of all systems: management systems and people systems. An organization is a combination of both. Feedback gives an organization the…

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