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Celebrate Your Independence!

Dear Independents,

Did you know we can vote in the primary as well as the midterm election without changing our “Independent” status (to Democrat or Republican)?  For more information, Arizona’s Pima County residents, click here.  Call 520-740-4330, listen to the brief recording, press 1, then 7.  Early ballots will be mailed out on July 29 — plenty of time for August 24’s Primary Election.

Americans, contact your local election center.  Every voice counts.  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

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July 4, 2010 Posted by | America, Attitude, Change, Citizen, Collaboration, Education, Freedom, Mind, Politics, Purpose, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Engaging Leader: Winning with Today’s Free Agent Workforce

“People don’t quit their jobs, they quit their bosses.  Skilled people want to work for winning leaders.  Grade A talent wants to work for Grade A leadership.  It won’t settle for less.”

In The Engaging Leader, Dr. Ed Gubman communicates how to draw out employees’ enthusiasm and commitment; how to retain and nurture companies’ most prized and priceless assets — employees:

  • Engaging leaders are drivers and buildersDrivers are decisive decision makers; putting results first, stress the bottom line, and crack the whip (maintaining pressure on accountability and come down hard when goals aren’t met).
  • Builders put people and process first.  Builders are relationship-oriented.  Builders let solutions emerge, take a long-term focus, stay behind the scenes more, and are more positive than critical. (They are, by no means, indecisive.  Builders possess goals and visions.  They rely on natural consequences vs. immediate consequences by an authority).

Engaging leaders know when to be drivers and when to be builders.

Furthermore, Dr. Gubman states, “Employees (talent) want freedom, control, accountability, and caring.” 

  • Freedom — the freedom of expression and the ability to be who you are, not someone you’re not.
  • Control — people enjoy their work when they know what their responsibilities are and have the autonomy to achieve them.  They don’t want to be micromanaged.  Even when what-to-do comes from above, talented employees expect to figure out how to do it themselves.
  • Accountability — giving someone an assignment and holding him or her responsible for delivering results.
  • Caring relationships increase people’s investments in your workplace.  Warm relationships help employees feel connected and will motivate them to work for you — to help you meet your goals.  Employees will confide in personal matters if they feel safe.  They also want some friends in the workplace.

Tough and tender, a loveable task master, realistic optimist … whatever you call it, the intersection of driving and building behaviors is what engages most people. 

Successful leaders learn this in their interactions with people.  They become more versatile, expanding their own styles by taking on some behaviors that are unnatural to them at first, but become second nature as followers reinforce them by responding favorably. 

The ability to incorporate parts of these seeming opposites, like the skill of reconciling group goals and individual needs, will make you an engaging leader and a long-time, big time winner.  (Full Story)

 

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Attitude, Book Review, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Fun, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Marketing, Mind, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Democracy and Islamic Sharia Law — Can They Coexist?

You decide:

  • Democracy —  a : government by the people; especially rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
  • Sharia — Islamic law based on the Koran.
    Imposes theocracy over democracy, its abuse of human rights, its institutionalized discrimination, its denial of human dignity and individual autonomy, its punishment of alternative lifestyle choices, and for the severity of its punishments (Iran, Afghanistan’s Taliban — you get the picture). (Full Story)

An individual who chooses to immigrate to another country should respect the language, custom, and the culture of his adopted nation; just as a guest would respect the ways of his hosts when invited to their home. 

Preserve your culture at home.  Outside of the home, assimilate.  It was your choice to come to our country.  No one dragged you here. (Full Story)

Democracy and Islamic Sharia Law will never coexist. (See also Why I Renounced Jihad).

January 16, 2010 Posted by | America, Attitude, Education, God, Introspection, Islam, Soul, Spirit, War | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance Your Way to Success — Love, Respect, Dignity, Teamwork

“If you believe in yourself, you have what it takes to win.  You can get whatever you want . . . Show up and get it.”

“To do anything is hard . . . Even if you find the place to assign blame, problems don’t go away”

“If a woman allows me to lead, she’s trusting me.  More than that, she’s trusting herself.  If your 16-year-old daughter is strong and secure and trust herself, how likely would she let some idiot knock her up?  And if your son learns to touch a girl with respect, how will he treat women throughout his life? . . .”

“So, ladies and gentlemen, this is what I do here.  I teach dance.  WITH DANCE AND ITS SET OF RULES, WE TEACH YOUR KIDS LOVE, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, and DIGNITY; that which would help give them the vision of the future they could have.  THE VISION OF THE FUTURE THEY COULD HAVE.”  (6:30-7:46)

“I’m not interested so much in teaching ballroom dancing techniques. What’s important is the civility that ballroom dancing can bring . . . courtesy, respect, and dignity.”  (Pierre Dulaine, educator, founder, Dulaine Method)

 

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marketing, Mind, Movie, Passion, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

America — Struggles and Hopes Inside Foster Care

All a kid needs is one person to hang on to, to listen, to care, to show up consistently.  (Dr. Maureen Brennan, psychiatrist of residential treatment facility)

Imagine … abandonment, sexual abuse, lies, secrets, guilt, shame, drugs, distrust, nightmares.

Imagine … Help!  Hope!  Healing!

In America, more than half a million kids are in foster care.  Once they reach 18 and age out of the system, only two out of ten will make it.  Others will end up homeless, in prison or dead.

We can do better.  We must.  These kids don’t belong to someone else.  These kids belong to all of us.  They are America’s children.  THEY ARE AMERICA.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, God, Heart, Introspection, Journalism, Leadership, Love, Mind, Movie, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Success, USA, War | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Care Clinic — Patient-Friendly Health Care Option?

What’s your ideal health care?  Free?  On-demand — 24/7?  State-of-the-art, thorough, professional patient care? 

Where do you go for minor illnesses requiring immediate attention?  Urgent care?  ER? 

How long did you have to wait?  How much did you pay?

CVS and Walgreens’ Take  Care Clinics are now providing walk-in, basic healthcare services — respiratory illness (sinus infections and strep throat), urinary tract infections, rashes and poison ivy, minor injuries and sprains — illnesses not serious enough for emergency rooms but nevertheless, requiring immediate professional attention.

Experienced family nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide the health care you need to get better and stay healthy.  CVS pharmacy will treat minor illness, minor injury, and skin condition for $62.00 (with or without insurance), Walgreens starts at $65.00.  My last trip to the Urgent care was 6 hours long and $75.00 … with insurance!

Next time, I may give Take Care Clinic a try! 

Stay well!  🙂

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Health and Wellness, Heart, Peace, Politics, Self Help, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Freedom of Speech and The Gospel of Hate

What a country — freedom of speech for all! 

“Tonight, I’m going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell so that our country may be saved.” (Pastor Stephen Anderson [3:40])

Love or hate Barack Obama, that’s Stephen Anderson’s call.  BUT to spread hate messages from the pulpit — to gullible souls who respond “Amen” — that’s SCARY!

Jesus’ message has always been “love,” not hate.

  • We love … because Christ first loved us.  (1 John 4:19)
  • Do unto others as you would have them do to you.  (Matthew 7:12)
  • Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.  (Hebrews 13:1)
  • Remember prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  (Hebrews 13:2)

Christ-like love seeks expression toward wide variety of people.   🙂

September 1, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Christianity, Compassion, God, Health and Wellness, Introspection, Mind, Peace, Self Help, Spirit, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joel Rosenberg’s “Inside the (Islamic) Revolution”

Joel Rosenberg’s latest publication, Inside the Revolution, takes readers into the Islamic world where:

  • Muslims are converting to Christianity in record numbers 
  • Iranian leaders (not the Iranians) truly believe the end times are near.  These leaders are obsessed with the notion of hastening the coming of their Messiah by destroying Israel, the United States, and subjugating the remaining non-Islamic states (Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu)

Why should we care?

Because ignorance is death — literally. 

If Iran gets hold of nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver these weapons, six million Jews will perish in six minutes or less, and the rest of “unwanted” humanity within the same hour. (Fox News, Glenn Beck)

We’re toast!

Cash-strapped North Korea  continues to develop its nuclear capabilities (they’re way ahead of the Iranians).  Iran has cash.  Desperate “death-cult-leaders” will pay whatever it takes to destroy their non-Muslim counterparts — to hasten the coming of end times, the coming of their Messiah!

But … there’s hope.  Reformers ARE pushing back the radicals. 

Knowledge IS power! 🙂

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dr. Medina’s “Brain Rules” (Summary)

Our minds create our realities.  Our minds’ abilities to process and execute complex, abstract information separate us from the rest of the species in the animal kingdom.

For readers joining us today, feel free to click on the link(s) of your choice:

  1. Exercise Boosts Brain Power
  2. Care
  3. Lifelong Learners Thrive
  4. We Cannot Multifocus
  5. Repeat to Remember
  6. Remember to Repeat
  7. Sleep Well.  Think Well. Kudos to Siesta!
  8. Get Stress On Your Side
  9. Sensory Integration Boosts Learning!
  10. Vision Trumps All Other Senses
  11. Male Brains and Female Brains Are Different
  12. We Are Natural Explorers

Thank you, Dr. Medina, for sharing your insights and research findings on the brain — one of our most important, yet chronically abused and underused organ!  🙂

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Body, Book Review, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Marketing, Mind, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brain Rules (XII) — We Are Natural Explorers

Curiosity is crucial to progress and development. 

Do you agree?

Our ancestors’ curiosities helped them “see” the tiger behind the tree!  Curiosity told them to flee!  They ran!  Thank goodness!  We wouldn’t be here today if humans stood aimlessly amidst the wide open savannah!

Infants constantly experiment with their senses, touching and tasting objects within their line of sight.  Children and adults test people’s boundaries — all the time — wondering which behaviors are acceptable (or unacceptable) to their acquaintances.  (see Play By Rules, Rule #12 [4:00])

What about school and learning? 

How can we continue to capitalize on our curiosity — our desire to learn, problem-solve, and progress?

Dr. John Medina suggests:

  • Consistent exposure to the real world — combine theory with practice.  Students will get firsthand experience and an unobstructed view of how their newly acquired skills are practiced in their chosen field
  • Consistent exposure to people who operate in the real world — watch professionals in action!  Assist as needed.  Meaningful learning takes place when the brain connects theory with practice
  • Consistent exposure to practical research i.e., programs taught by professionals who are involved in the day-to-day grind but who are also trained to think, hypothesize, and implement studies benefiting the next generation 

No matter where I am in my life’s journey, I hope “I’ll never lose that sense of wonder.”

I’ll dance!  I hope you will, too!  🙂

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Book Review, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, History, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marketing, Mind, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment