News From LBD
October 2011 Volume 3 Issue 10
    There's a touching story from a few years ago of how simple little acts can make a HUGE impact. It refers to Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where kids with cancer get excellent care. While Dana-Farber was building a new facility on their campus, iron workers worked through bitter temperatures and crazy wind-chills to get the job done. Who knew that something so simple could affect them so much. Read what was printed in The Boston Globe:

    "It has become a beloved ritual at Dana-Farber.  Every day, children who come to the clinic write their names on sheets of paper and tape them to the windows of the walkway for iron workers to see. And, every day, the iron workers paint the names onto I-beams and hoist them into place as they add floors to the new 14-story Yawkey Center for Cancer Care.

    The building's steel skeleton is now a brightly colored, seven-story monument to scores of children receiving treatment at the clinic -- Lia, Alex, and Sam; Taylor, Izzy, and Danny. For the young cancer patients, who press their noses to the glass to watch new names added every day, the steel and spray-paint tribute has given them a few moments of joy and a towering symbol of hope. 'It's fabulous,' said 18-month-old Kristen Hoenshell's mother, Elizabeth, as she held her daughter and marveled at the rainbow of names. 'It's just a simple little act that means so much.'"

    Yes, this simple little act impacted the kids and their parents. But, think for a moment about what it did for the iron workers. Do you believe they could feel a little warmer in those bitter cold winds? Might they have paid more attention to quality knowing that what they did was going to impact a little child's life? Do you believe it might have given their lives a little more meaning? 

    What can you do today to help others see that it's the littlest things that make all the difference?    

   Leaders look for ways to make a difference.   



What Leaders are Reading

On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis  


Deemed "the dean of leadership gurus" by Forbes Magazine, Warren Bennis has for years persuasively argued that leaders are not born, they are made. Delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it, this classic work has served as a source of essential insight for countless readers.   


The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success by Marcus Buckingham  


Buckingham explores three big myths about who we are and how we operate.Then, he displaces them with the Three Big Truths about You. He makes a solid case for knowing your strengths (he is the co-author of the best-selling book, Now Discover Your Strengths and The Strengths Finder). His comments validate the importance of optimizing our capacity to become more effective, get measurable results, and contribute to the organization's mission.This is particularly important if your role involves turning good people into top talent.


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Leadership Tip of The Month


One of a leader's key functions is to guide and coach a team of individuals who strive for personal excellence and individual achievement, while creating a cohesive work bond for a common purpose, achieving organizational goals.

 A common misconception with leaders is that a leader can "force" people to achieve great things. On the contrary, people will succeed only if they  want to.   

To enhance goals achievement, a leader must consciously feed into the mind of their team and team members' positive statements describing the leader they want to see in them. Such affirmations used at every opportunity can change behavior which can drive results. 


We all know someone who has lied to them self so often they actually begin to believe the lie. The mind doesn't know the difference between the "real" and "imagined." The use of affirmations to reinforce self-confidence and positive behavior works the same way. People begin to assume such  characteristics and experience the feelings associated with the repetition of affirmations. People actually start to believe they can accomplish great things. Are you affirming the performance you desire? 


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"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them to become what they are capable of being."


John Branstad