News From LBD
June 2011 Volume 3 Issue 6



    One day a farmer's donkey fell into a well. The farmer frantically thought what he should do as the stricken animal cried out to be rescued. With no obvious solution, the farmer regretfully concluded that as the donkey was old, and as the well needed to be filled in anyway, he should give up the idea of rescuing the beast, and simply fill in the well. Hopefully the poor animal would not suffer too much, he tried to persuade himself. 

    The farmer asked his neighbors for help, and before long they all began to shovel earth quickly into the well. When the donkey realized what was happening he wailed and struggled, but then, to everyone's relief, the noise stopped. After a while the farmer looked down into the well and was astonished by what he saw. The donkey was still alive, and progressing towards the top of the well.

   The donkey had discovered that by shaking off the dirt instead of letting it cover him, he could keep stepping on top of the earth as the level rose. Soon the donkey was able to step up over the edge of the well, and he happily trotted off.


    Life tends to shovel dirt on top of each of us from time to time. The trick is to shake it off and take a step up. It's all about attitude! 


What Leaders are Reading


Mind Sculpture: Your Brain's Untapped Potential by Ian Robertson.

In the last decade, new research has demonstrated the way in which the brain is shaped by experience and sculpted by our interactions with the world around us. Mind Sculpture is a singularly accessible and imaginative book which communicates the excitement and challenge of the most recent research, its consequences for how we understand the brain and how we perceive ourselves. Mind Sculpture is a fascinating insight into what actually makes us tick. It explains things like "what the mind can conceive it can believe and achieve."


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How many times have you had to deal with these killer phrases? "That will never work." "That's not our area."  "We tried that once before."  "We just don't have the time."  


Attitude is the basis of all individual behavior. The effectiveness of teams and team leaders will depend upon their behavior in a given situation. Improved results and productivity begin by developing the attitudes that govern positive behavior.


Attitude Development is an essential element in any leadership or coaching process.   

Team leadership development is not only possible but also eminently profitable. Are you maximizing attitude development?  

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"The attitude a person develops is the most important ingredient in determining his/her level of success."

Pat Riley
NBA Coach
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