In this video, Jim Kouzes visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book The Leadership Challenge. This event was part of the Leading@Google series.
The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition-the most trusted source on becoming a better leader-has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, the fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time.
James M. Kouzes is Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.
Video Affirmations to Attract Money into Your Life
by On May 29, 2009
The Law of Attraction is forming your entire life’s experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.
Abundance in all areas including health, happiness, and wealth, is your rightful heritage. Bring yourself into harmony with abundance with this powerful video visualization tool, The Secret To Riches.
Every time you watch The Secret to Riches, read every word and focus your energy and feelings to magnetize abundance into your life. The more you can feel, the more power you will add to bring abundance to you.
Jason McElwain – A Hoop Dream Video that Will Give You Chills
by On May 22, 2009
Jason McElwain (or J Mac to his friends), was the autistic team manager of the Greece Athena high school basketball team.
Basketball coach Jim Johnson decided to add McElwain to the roster so he could be given a jersey and sit on the bench for the team’s last home game of the season. With 4 minutes left in the game, Coach Johnson pointed to Jason to get on the court and play.
When teammates first passed the ball to McElwain he attempted a three-point shot and missed. McElwain got a second chance to score with a lay-up which he also missed. Then J Mac went on a “hot streak” shooting six three-pointers and one two-point shot before the game ended, shattering everyone’s expectations. As soon as the final buzzer rang, fans from the stands stormed the court in celebration.
When you get your chance in the spotlight, take it. If you miss the first few times, keep trying and you will succeed. Just remember Jason and his moment to shine.
Earlier this week, we posted an article on our blog on how success leaves clues. The easiest way for you to become successful is to find someone that has achieved what you want and ask them to mentor you.
In this video, Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, gives some practical advice on how you go about finding a good mentor.
First – Make a list of what you want to achieve – set a sales record, get a new job, lose weight, write a book, traveling the world – anything at all.
Second – Make a list of all of the people you know that has achieved this. If a list of names doesn’t come to mind right away, start asking everyone you know if they know someone that has achieved what you want.
Third – Once you have found your potential mentor, ask if you can spend 10 minutes a week with them on the phone. Tell them you respect and admire them and want to learn from them. If you get a no, ask someone else. Never give up on your dream.
Fourth – Ask them what actions you can take to get closer to your goal.
Fifth – Report back to your mentor that you took the action they recommended and the results you saw.
Sixth – Be sure to thank them for their time, advice and expertise.
In 1996, while researching the brain at Harvard, she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. She lost language, movement and her relationship with reality. But what Dr. Bolte gained was even more profound.
Over the next 11 years she was able to completely heal her brain using what she new about neuroscience and what she learned because of her stroke: How to use her brain circuitry to feel peace and euphoria under any circumstance.
Gratitude with Conan O'Brien and Comedian Louis CK – Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy
by On April 24, 2009
In this hilarious clip from the Conan O’Brien Show, comedian CK Lewis puts modern day life in perspective. Even in these hard economic times, we live in an AMAZING world and the frustrations of day to day living are really a luxury.
This clip made me think, made me grateful for technology and maybe most importantly, made me laugh out loud!
Rare Video of Earl Nightingale – The Strangest Secret in the World
by On April 17, 2009
This rare video of Earl Nightingale was rescued from a VCR dub of the original film.
In it, Earl Nightingale retells and rerecords the highlights of his best seller, The Strangest Secret. He discusses the key to success and the key to failure… Sit back, relax, listen and open your mind to the words of wisdom from the great Earl Nightingale.
Video – Memorize the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in Less Than 5 Minutes
by On April 3, 2009
The memorization of the 7 Habits is 2:53 into the video. Each of the 7 Habits, their mnemonic device and a short summary of the habit are listed below.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Number 1 – Be Proactive (Pro Football Player)
Taking the initiative. You are not living reactively, but are taking a proactive stance in your life.
Number 2 – Begin with the End in Mind (End Zone)
The End is really your goal or your goals. Effectiveness is not just a matter of reaching a goal but rather of achieving the right goal. Imagine yourself sitting in the back of the room at your funeral, and what people could honestly say about you based on the way you are now. Do you like what you hear? Is that how you want to be remembered? If not, change it.
Number 3 – Do First Things First (First Place Blue Ribbon)
This means to focus on your most important priorities, your top priorities. This doesn’t always mean urgent. The phone is ringing, and picking it up might seem urgent, but the caller is not always important. It could be a telemarketer. Focus on your top priorities.
Number 4 – Think Win Win (Two Hands Clasp Together in Victory)
In personal, business or other relationships, exercise “interpersonal leadership” to make both parties winners. Two wins make everyone better off; two losses hurts everyone. A win/lose relationship creates a victor and leaves someone injured. Think Win Win.
Number 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Sherlock Homes Seeking to Understand the Football Game)
Communication is a two-way street. To develop win/win relationships, find out what the other parties want, and what winning means to them. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
Number 6 – Synergize (Energizer Bunnies)
Cooperation multiplies the power of one. In fact, “creative cooperation” may yield a force greater than the sum of the parts. The buzzword to describe this kind of relationship is “synergy,” which means bringing together a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Number 7 – Sharpen the Saw (A Big Energizer Bunny with a Saw in a Pencil Sharpener)
There’s an old story about a man sawing a log. The work is going slowly and the man is exhausted. The more he saws, the less he cuts. A passerby watches for a while and suggests that the man take a break to sharpen the saw. But the man says he can’t stop to sharpen the saw because he is too busy sawing! A dull saw makes the work tiresome, tedious and unproductive. Highly effective people take the time they need to sharpen their tools, which are, in fact, their bodies, souls, mind and hearts. It’s time for “self-renewal.”