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ARE YOU LEADING OR JUST TAKING A WALK?

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s lonely at the top” associated with leadership. But is isolated leadership really effective? I don’t think so. In fact, I believe that, “He that thinketh he leadeth, and hath no one following, is only taking a walk.” If you’re all alone as a leader, are you really leading? Losing touch with your people is a huge leadership landmine. It will damage your credibility and destroy your influence. How do you avoid losing touch?

1. Recognize the landmine. Unfortunately, losing touch is an easy thing to do. A leader can be tempted to withdraw by both success (“I don’t need to see my people”) and failure (“I don’t want to see my people”). Understanding that it can happen is the first step to avoiding it.

2.Value people. All leadership is influence. And what is influence if it doesn’t involve other people? No matter what your organization produces or does, it needs people to function. YOU need people to lead. Leadership becomes effective when you acknowledge that people are your most appreciable asset, and treat them accordingly.

3. Avoid positional thinking. Your position or title shouldn’t define your leadership. That’s positional thinking, and it will cause you to disconnect as a leader. Again, leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less. I make it my goal to see the people I lead as teammates, not employees. We work together toward a common goal.

4. Love the people you lead. Do you see your people as cogs in the machinery of your organization, and yourself as the operator? They can tell if you don’t care about them. And I’ve said for a long time that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Loving your people makes the difference in their willingness to follow you into anything, no matter how hard the battle.

5. Understand the Law of Significance. This is from my book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In it, I explain that one is too small a number to achieve greatness. Many years ago, I realized that I needed the help of other people to achieve what I felt called to do. I now believe that any dream worth dreaming will be bigger than the dreamer. If you can achieve your dream by yourself, your dream is too small!

The most effective leaders stay connected to their people. This gives them the greatest amount of influence, and allows the leader and the team to achieve their big-picture goals together. What about you? If you’re in a position of leadership, are your followers close at hand? Or have you allowed yourself to lose touch?

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Harvard Neurosurgeon Confirms That Afterlife Exists!

Do you think people have soul? Do you believe in life after death?
People, who have returned to life, retell their unbelievable stories for the experience they had in the afterlife. One of the most unbelievable experiences about afterlife is the one of the 25-year-old brain neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, trained in Harvard. His story is very unusual, and we are are going to tell you.
Dr. Alexander was not one of those who believe in non-physical spirit sorin afterlife, because he was surrounded by people that invested the material aspect of life. He didn’t even believe in soul. As a skeptic he was, Dr. Alexander believed that those stories about afterlife were just hallucinations and products of someone’s fantasy. Then, something has happened to him. He was in coma for seven days because of bacterial meningitis. While he was in this condition, he experienced a journey that completely altered his perception about afterlife.
When he returned to his body, the scientist wrote a book that very quickly became number one New York Times bestseller, “Proof of Heaven”. In his book, Dr. Alexander wrote about his experience. He stated that his life on earth is in fact just a test that can help our souls to develop and evolve and that this growth can be achieved through compassion and love. He has made many points, and we will show you some of them.
– Love was the essence of the afterlife that dominated to the extent that it diminished the presence of the evil. Everyone who wants to understand the Universe should first know love.
– Dr. Alexander reckons that his existence as a human on Earth is only an artificial dream compared to that experience he had, because of the fact that that experience was very real.
– The communication he had in the afterlife was telepathic, and words were unnecessary because all questions and all answer were given telepathically.
Doctor Alexander said that the best thing about the spiritual realm is that people are precious and more loved that a man can possibly imagine. One more amazing thing about this is that people there are always safe and they’re never alone, as the unconditional, ideal love of God impacts everybody.
The scientist explains that love is the most important thing. He talks about the usual kind of love that we all know – the love toward our children or spouse, the love for our animals, not about the abstract love. This love is selfless and is it not jealous at all. It’s love in its purest and strongest form, the unconditional kind of love.
The ultimate truth and the ultimate reality is this one, and it lives and it breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. Those who don’t know love and who don’t represent it in all their actions are not able to understand accurately who and what they are, says Dr. Alexander.
So, let’s say a word or two on the credibility. When the doctor was in coma, his neocortex wasn’t functioning and that’s why there was no scientific evidence about the reason he experienced that. He refuted even 9 scientific explanations about what happened to him in his own book.

The 5 possible explanations in Appendix B of the doctor’s book are the following:
We also have to mention that some of the explanations might not make sense to us, laymen,for that reason we only give the most common explanations he has refuted.
The explanation about this being only a primitive brain-stream program in order to alleviate the life-threatening pain and the suffering was not accepted by Alexander as it didn’t explain the rich nature of his memories.

As some people think, what the doctor experienced was just an unclear recall of memories from the deepest parts of the system such as the amygdale which has sufficient overlying brain to be protected from the bacterial inflammation going on the surface of the brain. Still, this also does not cover the nature of his memories.

Another possible explanation could be that this may have been DMT dump. The DMT is a natural serotonin which produces visions. Anyway, the doctor is very familiar to the (LSD),serotonin associated drug experiences from times he was teenager and he knows that this was not a DMT experience that was based on his patient’s DMT experiences. His recollections are very vivid and they are ultra-real and according lythey need a functioning audio and visual neocortex as target regions wherein to produce a rich experience as his. The prolonged coma in which he was has ruined his neocortex that was to affect the audiovisual experiences which have to be result of serotonin from the raphe nuclei in his brain-stream. However, knowing that his cortex wasn’t functioning, the possibility that the DMT acted in the brain is definitely excluded.

Another possible explanation might be the reboot phenomenon. That is a random dump of disjointed memories as a result of some old memories in the influenced neocortex that might happen on restarting the cortex into consciousness after a long-lasting failure such as meningitis. Anyway, this option cannot be taken in consideration, because his memories were detailed and vivid.

One another option is that what Dr. Alexander experienced is some unusual memory generation through an archaic visual pathway. On the other hand, this can only be achieved in birds, not in humans, since humans can experience it just in situations when they are cortically blind. This doesn’t offer the explanation to the ultra-real recollections that he has and it doesn’t explain the auditory-visual incorporation.

The near-death experience of Doctor Alexander can be considered to be the most credible one, as he has a scientific background.
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What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?

What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)

On October 26, 1967, six months before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia.

I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life’s blueprint?
Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.
Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint. Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Set out to do it well.
And I say to you, my young friends, doors are opening to you–doors of opportunities that were not open to your mothers and your fathers — and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to face these doors as they open.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, “If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”
This hasn’t always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don’t drop out of school. I understand all the sociological reasons, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you’re forced to live in — stay in school.
And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are!!!!

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From Poverty to the world’s  Wealthiest Female Billionaire 


Zhou Qunfei

What’s the rags to riches story that has led a young girl in poverty to become the World’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire?
There’s a good chance the mobile phone you’re using has a screen made by her: “The Touchscreen Queen”, Zhou Quinfei. How can her billion dollar journey help you on yours? Here’s her three big steps to success:
STEP ONE: BE RELENTLESS
Qunfei was born to a poor family in a tiny village in China. Her father was blinded in a factory accident, and her mum died when she was five. Determined to be successful, she quit school at 16 and went to live with her uncle in Shenzen, saying “I don’t want to die regretting what I didn’t do.”
She got a factory job making watch faces for $1 a day, and sent the money back to her father.
Bored with the job, after three months she quit, but was given a promotion instead. Guessing why, she said “Maybe it was because my resignation letter was well written and this attracted the attention of the factory supervisor”.
She kept being promoted up to management but then in 1993, at 22 years old, her factory shut down. So she decided to take her knowledge, connections and $3,000 in savings and begin her own watch face factory, which she started next doors to her old factory.
The early days weren’t easy: ”Twice I even had to sell my house in order to pay my employees salary. Much like climbing a mountain, it’s not your physical strength that will get you to the top, but your tenacity and persistence.”
Then, in 1997 the Asian financial crisis hit. This is when her persistence really paid off. She went to the watchmakers who owed her money and settled their debts in exchange for their equipment. So while other factories closed down, she gradually assembled an entire production suite for glass processing for next to nothing.
STEP TWO: BE OPEN TO CHANGE
Six years later, in 2003, she got a call from Motorola, who wanted a glass screen for their new Razr V3 mobile phone: “I got this call, and they said, ‘Just answer yes or no, and if the answer’s yes, we’ll help you set up the process. I said ‘yes’.”
Her success with Motorola led to HTC, Nokia and Samsung also calling. Then, in 2007, Apple launched the iPhone, and picked Qunfei’s company as the supplier.

 

Ten years late, Lens Technology has 32 factories in seven different locations and employs more than 90,000 staff. Their glass is used in over 50% of all smartphones in the world, and in all Apple iWatches.
A year ago, Quinfei listed her company on the stock market, making her the wealthiest self-made female billionaire in the world. Today she is worth $6.4 billion.
STEP THREE: KNOW YOU’RE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO BE YOU
Qunfei says when she was a child she would watch the rain falling on lotus leaves. That’s what later inspired her to create Lens Technology’s patented, scratch-resistant coating on smartphones.
‘Droplets of water would roll around the surface of a lotus leaf and not leave any trace,’ she said.
‘If it wasn’t for my primary school teacher reminding me to be observant I may not have had the inspiration to think of my invention.’
Ms. Zhou also credits her detailed-oriented approach to her childhood. “My father had lost his eyesight, so if we placed something somewhere, it had to be in the right spot, exactly, or something could go wrong,” she said. “That’s the attention to detail I demand at the workplace.”
How can you see every closed door as a new opportunity?

How open are you to new opportunities that could transform your own success?

How can you use your past experiences to support your future vision?
Use Qunfei’s story as an inspiration for your own journey.
As a self-taught expert in glass, she’s a living example of how, with persistence, every glass ceiling can be broken.

Source: Dr. Ben Carson’s fb page

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A New York based Nigerian teen has been accepted in all the Ivy League schools

A Long Island, N.Y., teen has a unique problem: Which Ivy League school should she attend next year?
That’s because Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna — who is Elmont Memorial Junior – Senior High School valedictorian and Intel Science Finalist — has been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, reported News 12 Long Island. As a refresher, these schools are: Yale University, Brown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Harvard University and Dartmouth College.
“My whole family is so excited,” said Uwamanzu-Nna in the interview with the TV station. “Attending any of these schools would be such a great honor.”
Oh, and in addition to those schools, she’s gotten in to four others, her school’s website notes: Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Uwamanzu-Nna is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, reports local WRIC.com. She tells the local TV station, “Though I was born here in America, I visited Nigeria many times. And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”

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Early Life Story Of The Most Successful Business Investor In The World

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Warren Buffett

Buffett was born in 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, of distant French Huguenot descent. He was the second of three children and the only son of Leila (née Stahl) and Congressman Howard Buffett, Buffett began his education at Rose Hill Elementary School. In 1942, his father was elected to the first of four terms in the United States Congress, and after moving with his family to Washington, D.C., Warren finished elementary school, attended Alice Deal Junior High School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1947, where his senior yearbook picture reads: “likes math; a future stockbroker.”

Buffett displayed an interest in business and investing at a young age. One of his first business ventures, Buffett sold chewing gum, Coca-Cola bottles, or weekly magazines door to door. He worked in his grandfather’s grocery store. While still in high school, he made money delivering newspapers, selling golf balls and stamps, and detailing cars, among other means. On his first income tax return in 1944, Buffett took a $35 deduction for the use of his bicycle and watch on his paper route. In 1945, as a high school sophomore, Buffett and a friend spent $25 to purchase a used pinball machine, which they placed in the local barber shop. Within months, they owned several machines in 3 different barber shops across Omaha. The business was sold later in the year for $1,200 to a war veteran.

Buffett’s interest in the stock market and investing dated to schoolboy days he spent in the customers’ lounge of a regional stock brokerage near his father’s own brokerage office. On a trip to New York City at age ten, he made a point to visit the New York Stock Exchange. At 11, he bought three shares of Cities Service Preferred for himself, and three for his sister Doris Buffett (founder of The Sunshine Lady Foundation). At the age of 15, Warren made more than $175 monthly delivering Washington Post newspapers. In high school, he invested in a business owned by his father and bought a 40-acre farm worked by a tenant farmer. He bought the land when he was 14 years old with $1,200 of his savings. By the time he finished college, Buffett had accumulated a princely sum of more than $90,000 in savings measured in 2009 dollars.

In 1947, Buffett entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He would have preferred to focus on his business ventures; however, he enrolled due to pressure from his father.  Warren studied there for two years and joined the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where at nineteen, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After being rejected by Harvard Business School, Buffett enrolled at Columbia Business School upon learning that Benjamin Graham taught there. He earned a Master of Science in Economics from Columbia in 1951. Buffett also attended the New York Institute of Finance.

The basic ideas of investing are to look at stocks as business, use the market’s fluctuations to your advantage, and seek a margin of safety. That’s what Ben Graham taught us. 

By 1950, at 20, Buffett had made and saved $9,800 (over $96,000 inflation adjusted for the 2014 USD). In April 1952, Buffett discovered that Graham was on the board of GEICO insurance. Taking a train to Washington, D.C. on a Saturday, he knocked on the door of GEICO’s headquarters until a janitor admitted him. There he met Lorer Davidson, Geico’s Vice President, and the two discussed the insurance business for hours. Davidson would eventually become Buffett’s lifelong friend and a lasting influence, and would later recall that he found Buffett to be an “extraordinary man” after only fifteen minutes. Buffett wanted to work on Wall Street; however, both his father and Ben Graham urged him not to. He offered to work for Graham for free, but Graham refused.

Buffett returned to Omaha and worked as a stockbroker while taking a Dale Carnegie public speaking course. Using what he learned, he felt confident enough to teach an “Investment Principles” night class at University of Nebraska-Omaha. The average age of his students was more than twice his own. During this time he also purchased a Sinclair Texaco gas station as a side investment. However, this was not successful.

In 1952, Buffett married Susan Thompson at Dundee Presbyterian Church. The next year they had their first child, Susan Alice. In 1954, Buffett accepted a job at Benjamin Graham‘s partnership. His starting salary was $12,000 a year (approximately $105,000 inflation adjusted for the 2012 USD). There he worked closely with Walter Schloss. Graham was a tough boss. He was adamant that stocks provide a wide margin of safety after weighting the trade-off between their price and their intrinsic value. The argument made sense to Buffett but he questioned whether the criteria were too stringent and caused the company to miss out on big winners that had other appealing features. That same year the Buffetts had their second child, Howard Graham. In 1956, Benjamin Graham retired and closed his partnership. At this time Buffett’s personal savings were over $174,000 ($1.47 million 2012 USD) and he started Buffett Partnership Ltd..

Buffett’s home in Omaha

In 1957, Buffett operated three partnerships. He purchased a five-bedroom stucco house in Omaha, where he still lives, for $31,500.

— Warren Buffett

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A 19-year McDonald’s worker’s kind gesture

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The McDonald’s employee has been identified as a 19-year-old freshman at Meiho University who’s been working at the restaurant for about two years, according to Liberty Times Net. When he saw the customer that day, the student took his order and delivered the food to the patron. Upon giving the customer the meal, the worker noticed that the man was disabled and decided to help him eat.

“This guy did not discriminate against him because of his disability,” the post read, according to a HuffPost translation. “Instead, he fed him the burger with heart and patience.” This is more than customer service!!!

The humble 19-year-old told his company that “customers are our friends,” and he was merely doing what he was supposed to do, Liberty Times Net reported.

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THE MYTH OF TREATING PEOPLE FAIRLY AND EQUALLY

The Myth of Treating People Fairly and EquallyBy Jeff Mowatt

I’ll just come right-out and say it. I believe that treating customers fairly and equally is a mistake. It’s unprofitable. It belittles customers and employees. And it’s unethical. There, I’ve said it.
Certainly, we should treat people fairly – but not equally. I’m not advocating some Orwellian decree that ‘some animals are more equal than others’. This has nothing to do with a customer’s value as a person. It has to do with bending so-called ‘rules’ to give exceptional customers the kind of unique service they deserve.
In my many years working as a consultant and trainer with dozens of companies and bureaucracies, it’s unfortunate that I continue to encounter employees who buy-in to the myth of the virtue of treating all customers equally. If this is the case in your organization, consider this scenario…
Imagine that as part of your daily routine, you stop into your local convenience store to buy a coffee and newspaper. The store employees know you by sight. One day you find yourself needing to change a $100 bill. You stop in, pick up a couple of items and pay for them with the hundred. The store has a policy that they don’t accept hundreds, so the cashier simply refuses you. You are fully aware that they make more than that much change every 15 minutes. You also know that when added-up, you’ve given them hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of business over the years. Yet they refuse to grant you this slight favor. How’s your customer loyalty now?
Refusing your $100 bill would have been an incredibly bad decision on the part of the cashier as well as the management who created the ‘rule’ that permits no exceptions for the store’s best customers. The problem is that by definition a ‘rule’ treats everyone equally – whether it’s fair or not.
What if we treated our children this way?
Imagine the consequences of a parent treating their six-year-old and seventeen-year-old equally. That would mean telling the younger child, “Make sure you are home from grade one by midnight!” Most people appreciate that it makes sense to treat children fairly. It would, however, be a mistake to treat them all equally, and apply the same rules regardless of their ages. That’s more than just a mistake; we might even call it immoral.
We already discriminate in the workplace
There’s a certain irony to taking this approach to the workplace. The same individuals who assume that all customers should be treated equally, often have no objection whatsoever to the organization offering preferential parking and restroom facilities to customers with disabilities. Yet, that’s a blatant example of treating customers fairly but not equally. I don’t know of anyone who objects to organizations giving better parking spots to the disabled. Yet, every day we hear employees using inane statements like, “If I did that for you, I’d have to do it for everyone.” The challenge for business owners and managers is providing the kind of training and authority that front-line employees need, so that they will make more appropriate on-the-spot decisions for customers.
The truth about word-of-mouth
“What happens when customers talk to each other?” That’s one of the most common concerns I hear from employees in my training sessions where we address this subject. They are afraid that if they accommodate one customer’s special request, then that customer will talk to other customers, and the employee will be pressured to do the same for everyone, which, of course, they can’t do. In other words, they’re going to have a lot of unhappy people out there if they accommodate special requests. This is the kind of convoluted logic that stems from the underlying belief in treating everyone equally (not necessarily fairly). Another way of putting it is: I’m afraid that if I provide an extra service for one customer (because we made an error or the customer does a lot of business with us), then I’m going to disappoint other customers whose circumstances don’t warrant the extra service. So to avoid disappointing some people, we’ll just make a rule that no one gets special treatment. That way, we’ll just disappoint everyone, including customers whose unique situation deserves extra service.
Customers understand the concept of fairness. If I’ve never been to a particular convenience store and suddenly walk in just to change a hundred-dollar bill, I’m not likely to get outraged when the employee explains that they don’t have enough change on hand so they can’t help me. If, on the other hand, I’m doing business there every day, I’m more likely to be upset ifmy store won’t make change for me when I know they make that much change every fifteen minutes. If they do make an exception for me because I’m a good customer, I’m not going to rush out, phone all my friends, and tell them, “Hey, my convenience store made change for me, and they don’t usually accept hundreds!” Customers rarely go out of their way to talk about good service. The occasion when customers share information about a business is when the service is bad. Bottom line: employees needn’t worry about possible negative ramifications of taking extra care of good customers. What they should be far more concerned about is the negative impact of treating all customers the same.

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