News From LBD
July 2010 Vol 2 Issue 7

No One Wants to Hear It

"Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change. Because if it does change then it won't have anything to complain about."

Singer Tori Amos said this 40 years ago, yet it is still applicable to how people complain today. 

How much complaining do you do on a regular basis? What are your favorite topics? The weather? Your favorite sports team? Business? The economy? The local "politicos"?
A more important question ... how does complaining serve you? How much energy does it take? How much time do you spend doing it ... without even realizing it?
Complaining reflects your attitudes. Your attitude is your advance person.  It walks into a room before you do. It shouts what you are louder than you know.

Your job as a leader is to recognize latent skills, talents and abilities of all those who look to you for leadership. Your attitudes toward yourself and others are major factors in your success. Remember ... Your words move others. Your words move you. Let your words send everyone in the right direction.

What Leaders are Reading

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman - Optimists believe that defeat is a temporary setback or a challenge--it doesn't knock them down. "Pessimism is escapable," asserts Seligman, by learning a new set of cognitive skills that will enable you to take charge, resist depression, and make yourself feel better and accomplish more.

The 3 Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan - When a hurricane warning is announced, everyone's concerns and actions become focused on that expectation; the hurricane essentially becomes the future which people are "living into." Similarly, when an organization needs to transform or make the leap to a higher level, everyone involved should be "living into" the vision of the organization's new, improved future.

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Stop Complaining!

Be aware. Recognize your typical paths to complaining and minimize your exposure to them, if you can. Know that your grumbling is a complete waste of energy.
Be thankful. Regularly reflect on all the good in your life (people, opportunities, things.) Understand and enjoy how lucky you really are. Be entitled to nothing.
Pause before you begin. Clip a complaint as you feel it coming. Put a smile or thoughtful statement in its path. Blame no one. Blame nothing.
Be accountable. Focus on solving problems rather than having them. Set the example for others and recommit when you slip. Care for yourself and create a positive habit. It is simple and more enjoyable for everyone.

John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month

"What you are shouts so loud I can't hear what you tell me what you are."
John Branstad