6 Ways to Integrate Courage into Our Daily Lives

by Sandra Ford Walston

So much of our daily life is based on action and results. But what really is directing us? For those who truly want to make a difference and create a legacy filled with courage, you must be willing to step up and invite in a new behavior—one that leaves a mark, one that leaves a legacy—one filled with courage!6 ways toward courageous behavior

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Baking Search into Your Learning Program

Remember the movie, “Midnight in Paris”? An American couple arrives in Paris and the wife is trying to speak French. She reminds me of ….me, when I’m trying to speak French, constantly self-correcting after saying a phrase.  Is it “J’etais” or “Je suis allee” when I’m trying to say I went somewhere?

Not hard to find out what’s correct.  Just do a Google search!

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Want to know the Key Traits Linking Courage to Success?

by Sandra Ford Walston

People Who Exhibit Higher Integral Levels of Courage Consciousness

  • They are willing to give themselves permission to claim their courage.
  • They distinguish and aptly apply the 12 behaviors of courage found on the Source Wheel diagram.
  • They have a fierce resolve to act and to be advocates (BTW, mentors escort associates to the threshold of power; advocates apply action to pull them through).

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Simple Courage: Face the Facts for Behavior Change

by Sandra Ford Walston

There is a direct correlation between your “courage quotient” and Source Wheel Diagramyour “success quotient.”

When you begin to live in the present you recognize when you are selling your soul. For example, people assume that finding a new job will be difficult, so they remain complacent, mistakenly believing—or simply hoping—that things will change. Yet, in reality, situations seldom change by themselves. To show courage, decide when it’s time to face the truth or prompt a change: then, be eager to discover the next opportunity.

Facing the facts and taking action are required if you wish to change your life.

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Courage, Empowerment or Bravery—What’s the Difference?

by Sandra Ford Walston

People have frequently asked me, “Is courage the same as empowerment and bravery?” I don’t think so. Here is how I believe these vitally important concepts are distinctly different.Courageous leadership

Courage is an internal process. It occurs when you make a conscious decision to tap into and use your inner “reservoir” of heart, which you might not have even realized you have.

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Howard Schultz’s Connection and Leadership

Howard Schultz is featured on the cover of Time and, as usual, he talks and cares about much more than how Starbucks will make more money. (Although he goes into that too). Here’s a sampling from his interview:Howard Schultz

On how businesses should operate in America: “I think the private sector simply has to take a larger role than they have in the past. Our responsibility goes beyond the P&L and our stock price…. If half the country or at least a third of the country doesn’t have the same opportunities as the rest going forward, then the country won’t survive. That’s not socialism.”

Following is our previous story about Howard Schultz’s leadership style.

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Business Training Videos the Netflix Way

Have a heavy-duty training schedule? Lots of employees with different learning objectives? Want to onboard new hires, yet need to provide compliance training or a new leadership training?

Whether you’re trying to get your team around faster growth initiatives and preventing burnout, training new leaders or training on ethics, did you know you can “rent” video trainings and switch them out monthly, if needed?

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Video Training Library. Search or view “Categories” or “Producers”

This is a self-serve video “jukebox” with free online video previews. Check out the “Categories” or look for trainings by Producer.  You can also do a search on training topics and you’ll find video trainings from safety to ethics to business management and much more.

Of course, if you have questions or want a human to help you find the best training, call (888) 380-5491 or email us.

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Courageous or Heroic?

While many claim that courage and heroic are synonymous, commingling them as such does a disservice to the concept of courage. Firefighter Captain Mary agrees, “People notice heroes dealing with disaster and emergency responses. When a civilian dials 911 for help, it’s a day from hell for his/her life. But, it’s no big deal to me. I don’t appreciate it when my career is integrated or associated with disasters much less heroism. I am a skilled professional doing my job.”Everyday courage

Most of the time, courage is misapplied to focus on fictional drama or soap opera sagas, unrelenting sorrow, sensationalism, famous people or the historically deceased. For the rest of us, notions of courage as only extreme heroism diminish the opportunities to claim and display the heartfelt value of courage in us all.

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Are your people afraid? How to minimize fear and maximize trust

by Judith E. Glaser

Are your people afraid?

I’m not asking if you are a bully or a bad boss, or about the fear about being punished for a well-thought-out plan or product launch that fails. I’m talking about something more visceral: anxiety caused by the concern that something drastic — layoff, firing, pay cut or demotion—will happen.IMG_1041

Everyone is somewhat fragile at the core. We secretly worry that tomorrow may be our last day. Uncertainty and volatility induce fear, and fear impedes people from doing their best work. Fear impacts our sense of identity and causes us to doubt our ability to achieve.. Our biggest fear is the fear of failure in the eyes of others; failure to be perceived as capable, valuable, powerful, smart, and poised to handle the challenges your organization is facing.

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2 Strategies for Reframing to Make Positive Change

by Judith Glaser

To create change, courageous leaders jump in and embrace the process as 4 leadership traits for competitive advantagean opportunity. They also create the space for open communication and collaboration with their teams.  In the previous three steps, you learned to recognize and release old baggage filled with toxic experiences that negatively undermine and denigrate relationships, and replace them with new meanings that positively uplift and inspire relationships — empowering a new sense of optimism and effectiveness.

Two more strategies for effectively managing change

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