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GREAT LEADERS - GONE - NOT FORGOTTEN - GUTENBERG


10.20.14

By George Guzzardo

If you would have invented a technology that transformed the world from a place of darkness to the most intellectually and artistically enlightened period of history, your name surely would be familiar to the common man.  Yet, just ask anyone what they know about Gutenberg and they might reply, "It's a good German beer." If the use of the internet by just about everyone has made the world flat, as they say,  just imagine the impact the printing press had in expanding literacy throughout the world .  The invention of the Gutenberg printing press may be classified as the greatest invention to mankind.  This technology connected literacy with the masses which caused a wide spread of knowledge and advanced modern science and literature faster than ever before. This one invention essentially took the middle ages into the Renaissance and Reformation period.  


Johannes Gutenberg 1400 - 1468 loved to read.  His frustration and identification of a problem involving book making lead to the invention of the printing press. Prior to this, few could afford the cost of owning books in the middle ages. Libraries were limited to monasteries and churches. Prior to the invention of moveable type for letter press, printing occurred from wooden blocks.  The Romans used this technique in textiles and the Mongol Empire used it to run paper currency.  Letter press had many advantages in that it could be used repeatedly until worn out.  It was cast in metal from a mould so it could be removed without difficulty. Historian Paul Johnson calls it "A triumph of German craftsmanship at it's best". Presses sprang up all over the world. Nuremberg established itself as the center of international publishing trade. Printing aimed at mass sales.  The Gutenberg Bible (1455) was the first book ever published with moveable type. Today, the original Gutenberg Bible is considered one of the finest pieces of art left to mankind.  In 1978, a two - volume edition sold for over two...



The Four Stages of Success


10.10.14

By Claude Hamilton

If you haven’t read Kenneth Blanchard’s One Minute Manager series, you should. Even though the first one was originally published twenty years ago, the books are still relevant today. In fact, I feel so strongly about Blanchard’s ideas that I’ve incorporated his four stages of development into my own business philosophy. Here’s a quick explanation of the four stages you should get familiar with if you’re starting something new:


Orientation: This is the first phase of your new project or endeavor. Your energy is high and you’re feeling positive. This positivity causes an interesting side affect, though—an initial lack of direction. If you have an unrealistic expectation of how easy success will be, you can’t properly plan for the challenges you’re sure to face.


Dissatisfaction: This is where you figure out that success isn’t as easy as you though it would be. This stage is the natural reaction to trying hard and meeting little success. Your energy drops and direction is still low. This is also where most people give up.


Resolution: This is where you finally achieve some success. Your energy is still low, but you have stronger direction because you’ve gained the skills you need and you’re finally able to envision a future for your new business or project. Some people still give up here, because they have a better idea of what it will take to succeed and they don’t have the energy or resources to pull it off. But those who do make it through the Resolution stage are usually equipped with a good plan for success.


Production: Aim to stay in this phase for as long as you can. This is where you start to achieve your goals. Your energy is high and so is your direction. Success follows success, until you’ve achieved something consistent and reliable. This stage is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun.


Now that you understand the four stages of success, I’ll tell you the key to getting



PRACTICE YOUR PEOPLE SKILLS…YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU’LL NEED ’EM!


10.03.14

By Tim Marks

I was travelling up to Ontario, Canada, to deliver a speech to a large business group. My wife Amy and I decided to get a rental car in Detroit and drive the rest of the way. As we were crossing the border into Canada, the customs agent asked us the nature of our visit. I replied truthfully that we were going to a LIFE Leadership seminar, and as the conversation progressed, I explained that we were not just attending the event.…We were the keynote speakers.


This young lady did not like my answer; in fact, she seemed downright ornery. I can’t imagine being a customs agent is a ‘fun’ job, and perhaps she hadn’t yet listened to a lot of positive attitude CDs that day. But it really seemed she had woken up on the wrong side of the bed that day. She proceeded to ask me what made me qualified to be the speaker and why an American had to give the presentation and not a Canadian! The conversation went downhill from there. She soon demanded written proof that we had been invited to speak in Canada and threatened to send us packing if we didn’t produce some sort of formal invitation. This was a serious problem because I had a thousand people counting on me to arrive and inspire their business teams!


Now, the Tim Marks of the old days would have responded very harshly when backed against the wall like this. The old Tim would have wanted to put her in her place and show her who’s boss. The old Tim would have wanted to prove that she was wrong and I was right. And the old Tim would have won the battle, lost the war, and been sent packing back to Florida! Thank goodness the (somewhat) “new and improved” Tim was at the border that day because I got to practice all the people skills...



Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger


09.26.14

By Orrin Woodward

I read recently of Sturgeon’s Law that states that 90% of anything is crud. Theodore Sturgeon developed his law in arguing against critics who didn’t like science fiction books. His answer defended the best of
the science fiction genre. Like anything in life, cream rises to the top and only a few are willing to do what it takes to climb the mountain. As I thought on Sturgeon’s Law, I realized that it tied in perfectly
with Chris Brady and my Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger (TLL) from our #1 Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Launching a Leadership Revolution. The idea behind the TLL is that leaders must develop their skills in
Character, Task and Relationships in order to influence effectively.Sturgeon’s Law ties in with the TLL by revealing that only 10% of the people will excel with character, only 10% will excel in task and only
10% excel in relationships.


The TLL scores you on a scale from 1 to 10 in each of the three areas and then multiplies the scores together for a total leadership score. 1000 being the highest theoretical score that you can achieve – 10x10x10 and zero being the lowest score possible. Sturgeon’s Law reveals that only 10%x10%x10% will excel in all three areas necessary to effectively lead. This amounts to 1 out of 1000 that lead people with character, task and relationships. This number matches with what I have learned experimentally through building communities. You have a performer for every 100 to 150 people and you have a true leader for every 1000 people associating in your community. This is just another example of how rare true leadership is. When you find someone with Character, Task and Relationship, it is important to serve them and reward them. John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership” and I concur.


How are you doing in the three areas? The tendency is to overrate yourself when you think through the
TLL. If you are part of a networking community and hav



Going Through the Valleys


09.17.14

By Chris Brady

I would like to share something I read recently from pastor and theologian Charles Swindoll in his excellent little book Perfect Trust.  Perhaps it will be helpful to any of you who find yourselves experiencing the trials of life.  Swindoll gives us four great points with which to interpret what happens to us, to help us put things in perspective, and to understand God's grace as it applies to his believers:


1. God allowed me to get into this situation


2. He will give me His grace to get through it


3. He will make a blessing out of this trial


4. He can bring me out again


We make choices and decisions that put us in certain situations.  We are responsible before God for our lives.  We also get hit with external circumstances.  But through it all, God has a plan for his children, and His will for us is perfect and good.  God always knows what is best for us.


The real question isn't "Why is this happening to me?" but rather, "Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior?  Do you live your life for Him, or for yourself?"  I would like to recommend a fantastic book for anyone who is unsure about this topic: Be Sure What You Believe, by Joe Nesum.  It was very helpful to me in the early days of my spiritual journey, and I trust it will be for you as well.


May God bless and guide each of you, to His glory, as you make your way through life's difficulties.

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