Leadership – John Wooden, Coach, Leader, Mentor.

Wanted to post John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. John Wooden was a great basketball coach because he was such a great leader. While I respect his ability as a coach and all his accomplishment, he was probably the best coach of all time, I admire him as a man, husband, and leader. Here is line from Wikipedia, about his devotion to his wife Nellie.

For a great article about a Wooden principle go to Leadership Guru, Mentor, Coach, ORRIN WOODWARD’S post.  John Wooden’s Attitude – Set of Three

Wooden remained devoted to Nellie, even decades after her death, until Wooden’s own death. Since her death, he kept to a monthly ritual (health permitting)—on the 21st, he visited her grave, and then wrote a love letter to her. After completing the letter, he placed it in an envelope and added it to a stack of similar letters that accumulated over the years on the pillow she slept on during their life together.

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Mental Fitness Challenge

Taking the 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge!  Awesome, Awesome information.  I believe this is an absolute phenomenal place for anyone to start their self-education and self-improvement journey.  This program will not only point out the areas of weakness in one’s life but also start them on the proper trail of habits to grow personally.  Please review the post by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady regarding the Mental Fitness Challenge.  I highly recommend taking the 7 day Free Challenge and get a taste of the information.  If your brave enough to do that I believe you want to buckle up for the full 90 days.

God Bless and Lead On.

Democracy, stages, big government. Where are We? Freedom Leadership.

The first list “Stages of a Democracy” has been attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler.  There are debates over who originally said this and that it was actually combined from two people.  That is not what this post is about.  I believe the information regardless of the author is valid and I would like people to contemplate the consequences of the path we are on.   We have been on this course for awhile, but we as a country, if we want to keep our freedoms must reverse the course.

“The American Constitution – A Republic if You can Keep It.  This is a great article by ORRIN WOODWARD, leadership guru, mentor, LIFE Coach, and Best Selling Author.

In a speech by Henning Prentis Jr. in 1943,
Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security.

Attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler,
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • From spiritual faith to great courage;
  • From courage to liberty;
  • From liberty to abundance;
  • From abundance to complacency;
  • From complacency to apathy;
  • From apathy to dependence;
  • From dependence back into bondage

another model.

  • corruption, oppression, totalitarianism, pain and misery
  • courage, responsibility, revolution, civil war
  • liberty, growth, abundance
  • selfishness, complacency, fiscal irresponsibility
  • apathy, dependency, fiscal and moral bankruptcy
  • back to step 1

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”.  Abraham Lincoln

I believe TEAM and LIFE will be a factor in whether we can stop the slide of the United States.  We will not go down without a fight.

God Bless and Lead On

Entitlement- NOT in a Leaders Vocabulary.

en·ti·tle·ment

Function: noun
Date: 1942

1 a : the state or condition of being entitled : right b : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract.
2 : a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program.
3 : belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges from.

Please read story by ORRIN WOODWARD, Leadership Guru, Mentor, and Life Coach.

Bird Feeders & Individual Responsibility

Best line from the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  Generally, the granting of government assistance to individuals as mandated by law or by need.  Recipients of such assistance may be entitled to it by virtue of their status, without otherwise having to qualify for it.

Entitlement mentality is a cancer in our great country. The Federal and State Governments are giving more and more handouts while entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid are virtually bankrupt.  We are at the fork in the road, we can continue down the entitlement road and bankrupt our country,  or we can do the right thing and be accountable for our own results.  There is a great saying, “If it is to be, it is up to me”.

Character and Ethics? Leadership, Mentor, LIFE.

Character -the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person.

Ethical– conforming to accepted standards of conduct.

Here would be a couple of examples of lack of character and ethics.

  • Federal investigation into the Minerals Management Service shows inspectors passing around porn, using illegal drugs and accepting gifts from oil companies.
  • Congressman: Anthony Weiner ring a bell.
  • Sex Scandals-Tiger Woods, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, President Clinton, etc, etc, etc
  • Enron, Delay, Arthur Anderson, on and on and on.

“Acceptable standard of conduct”, what is the acceptable standard today?  I’ve heard people say, “doing the right thing” is proper conduct.  So what the right thing?  The Bible is the only place I know where to find the “right thing”.  If you don’t believe in a higher power then that only leaves man to determine what is “acceptable standard of conduct”.  I know some has had to notice that the more we remove God from our government, schools, and society the greater the range of “acceptable” man allows.  We can talk all day about the problems with our politicians, sports athletes, pastors, and CEO’s but it all comes down to Character and Ethics.  How can we bring this county back to greatness if our leaders and policy makers do not start with these qualities.

Leadership Guru, Speaker, Best Selling Author and Community Builder ORRIN WOODWARD had a great post.      Character = Integrity * Courage  “Character is that special quality, that makes men and women, who have it, appear larger than life”.  Please click the link to see Orrin’s full post.

God Bless and Lead On

LIFE Team, Millionaire neck up, Minimum wage neck down.

Listened to Bill Lewis, Team Leader, LIFE Coach, and Mentor tonight.  Bill reminded me of the saying, ” we are all worth minimum wage from the neck down”.  It is what we put into our mind by the way of books, cd’s, seminars, and mentor-ship that determine our quality of our life.  It’s like your mother always said, “be careful who you hang around with”.

Orrin Woodward in his post LIFE TEAM RETURN on INVESTMENT, had a great line,  “Sadly, most people  neglect the greatest gift that God gave them (their mind), choosing instead to pour money into areas with little or no return on investment”.  I really can’t add more to what these great leaders have to say other than as you learn it feeds your hunger to learn more.  It can also sometimes be madding because the more your learn the more you realize just how much you don’t know.  Regardless of where you are on your learning and self growth journey, keep it up, there are people who need to be inspired by your example.

God Bless and Lead On.

Kaizen- Japanese for “improvement”, or “change for the better” philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement.

Plan Do Check and Adjust, Leadership, Mentorship.

Two great articles posted by ORRIN WOODWARD and TERRY FRANKS on Plan Do Check and Adjust.  The Deming Cycle of Plan Do Check (Study) and Act (Adjust) is a great model to be used in all areas of life.  Whether it be in the “8 F’s” Faith, Family, Fitness, Finance, Freedom, Following, Friends, and Fun, or anything you undertake in life PDCA is a good plan.

So many people skip the Plan, and jump straight to the Do, and then forget to evaluate the Check.  I believe another area people miss in the process is a proper evaluation in the Check step.  I think the biggest problem is many times this step requires the inspection of an independent party and hopefully a mentor.  We can be so close to the process we can not objectively evaluate our process.  Areas such as self-improvement can be so personal that only others or a mentor can help with the Check process.

Click on Orrin and Terry’s name above for more information on the PDCA.

God Bless and Lead On.