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By Zen Master Jun 16 2008

Thought From The Zen Garden: Why you have to practise leadership

"There is an ancient saying that knowledge is only a rumour until it is in the muscle."I just picked that up from the 'Embodied leadership' course description over at Roffey Park's center in the UK.It's true isn't it: it's in the doing that we cement the knowing. Leadership talk is not nearly as imp...
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By Joe Espana Jun 16 2008

The impetus of failing

I came across an except from a speech given by JK Rowling (Harry Potter fame as if you didn't know) to Harvard graduates.  Her subject was learning from failure."So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped prete...
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By Joe Espana Jun 16 2008

The Meaning of Failure

I came across an except from a speech given by JK Rowling (Harry Potter fame as if you didn't know) to Harvard graduates.  Her subject was learning from failure."So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretendin...
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By The Story Teller Jun 16 2008

Leadership book of the week. Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump

OK, let me explain: This isn't my choice of leadership book. It's the choice of Allan Leighton, the UK businessman who became European CEO of Wal-Mart and Chairman of the Royal Mail, among other things. He says we need to simplify, that most leadership over-complicates. And reading the Haiku...
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By Kate Moor Jun 15 2008

Buddha Wisdom

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.  Budda How often do we have great ideas that we sit on and as a result miss wonderful opportunites. 
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By Kate Moor Jun 15 2008

Doing Business in Asia

There are a number of us on the forum who reside and work across different countries within the Asia Pacific basin.   For people in regional roles this does create any number of challenging situations as we endeavour learn and gain experience working with different cultures.     Some of the issues t...
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By Phil Dourado Jun 13 2008

Entertain me: The Secret of Happiness is...

...low expectations.When you have no choice, your expectations are low and the world, or at least the supplier, is responsible.When you have 100s of choices and you are still not happy with the ones you make, you blame yourself.The more options we have, the more we regret what we didn't choose. Thi...
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By Phil Dourado Jun 12 2008

My favourite Jack Welch story: When Jack Blew Up The Plant

One of the first things Jack Welch did as a 24-year-old manager of a GE plant was blow up the part of the plant he was responsible for. The head of the plant called him to his office to explain. Welch, assuming this was the end of his managerial career, duly explained that he was experimenting with...
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By Zen Master Jun 12 2008

Thought From The Zen Garden: The seeds of leadership

Thoughts are like seedsWhen you sow a thought you reap an action,when you sow an action you reap a habit,when you sow a habit you reap a character,and when you sow a character you reap a destiny.Thoughts are like seeds. You cannot sow the seed of one plant and get another:thistles will never produce...
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By Anonymous Jun 12 2008

Ice Breakers

When getting together with a group of people for a meeting or a training class, it’s often good to do a warm-up exercise to allow the attendees to get to know one another, and to clear their minds of distractions prior to focusing on the task at hand.In his book, The Teamwork Handbook, Peter Scholte...